**Update: for those wishing to attend the museum event, there is no longer a need to fill out the application. Simply contact Jeffrey Melnik at

UTC’s Asia Program is hosting the University’s 8th Annual Introduction to Asia Conference. UTC faculty, staff, students, and the general public are cordially invited to attend all or some of the sessions. The conference will take place on Wednesday, April 13 12:00-4:45 P.M., University Center Auditorium followed by an off-campus program at the Creative Discovery Museum. For detailed information about the day’s events, visit their website here. The Introduction to Asia Conference is a free event.

As the keynote speaker, Republic of Korea Consul General Seong-jin Kim will explore the relationship between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the U.S. Other topics for the conference’s four sessions include:

-“Japanese Culture Now and Then: From Samurai to Pokemon”-Takeo Suzuki, Executive Director, UTC Office of International Students

-“The Korean War, The Cold War, and American National Interests”-Sean N. Kalic, Department of Military History, US Army Command and Staff College

-Panel Discussion: “Learning from Asia, Learning from the United States”

The conference will wrap-up with a visit to the exhibit “Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea,” at the Creative Discovery Museum. This exhibit is free and open to the public, but event goers must register with an application that can be found here and numbers are limited. Please send museum visit applications to Jeffrey Melnik at

For any questions about the conference call 423-425-2118 or email Jeffrey Melnik at

Support provided by the Freeman Foundation, the Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, the Creative Discovery Museum, the Apgar Foundation, the ROTC Military Science and Leadership Program, the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies, and the UTC Office of International Students.

Media Relations Contacts: Email Shawn Ryan or call (423) 425-4363.

Sarah is a staff writer in UTC's Office of Communications and Marketing.

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