“What does North Korea want?” has become one of the most discussed questions across news networks worldwide. Kathryn Weathersby will attempt to answer it in her lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Tyson Auditorium at Sweet Briar College. The talk is sponsored by Sweet Briar’s Department of Government and International Affairs and the Honors Program. It is free and open to the public.
Weathersby is a professorial lecturer in Korean studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She is also a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. She teaches courses on South/North Korean relations in historical context, the history of post-World War II international relations and North Korean history and politics. Following the collapse of communist rule in the Soviet Union, Weathersby pioneered research in Russian archives on the creation of the North Korean state and the Korean War, and has published and lectured widely on these subjects. She founded and directed the North Korea International Documentation Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and has served as a consultant for several documentaries on North Korea. Weathersby holds a Ph.D. in Russian history, with a second field in Modern East Asia, from Indiana University.