The Ra Jong-Yil Lecture in Korean Studies was established by Dr Ra Jong-Yil, former ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United Kingdom and to Japan and former head of the Republic of Korea's national intelligence service, on the basis of generous donations from Dr Ra himself and from some of his friends and colleagues.
The inaugural lecture was given by Dr Ra himself on 31st October, 2008 at Robinson College. Since then, the lectures have been given annually.
2011 - Friday, 28th October
Prof. Vladimir Tikhonov, University of Oslo, Norway
'Transcending the Boundaries, Embracing the Others:
International Contexts of Korea's Modern and Contemporary Nationalisms'
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2010 - Friday, 5th November
Mrs Choo Mi-Ae, Member of the 18th National Assembly, Republic of Korea
'Finding the Legacy and a Vision for Modern Politics in the Korean Peninsula'
2009 - Friday, 23rd October
Professor Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago, USA
'The US and North Korea: Dealing with Irrationality'
2008 - Friday, 31st October
Dr Ra Jong-Yil
'The Discovery of the World - A Korean Perspective'.