Quarterly Korean Event Series: "Korea 1900: A Time Capsule in 20 Objects"
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 6:00pm
Quarterly Korean Event Series:  "Korea 1900:  A Time Capsule in 20 Objects"

The PSU Institute for Asian Studies Quarterly Korean Program Series welcomes:

Dr. Laurel Kendall, Curator, American Musuem of Natural History,
for a public lecture

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
6:00 PM
Location:  PSU campus, Smith Memorial Student Union, SMSU room 296-8
1825 SW Broadway   (PSU Parking Map >>)


Korea 1900: A Time Capsule in 20 Objects

At the turn of the last century, Dr. C. C. Vinton was commissioned by the American Museum of Natural History to collect objects that would represent "the everyday life of the people" in Korea at the time.  Unlike most early 20th century museum collections from Korea, the emphasis was not on art and antiquities but on things commonly used or worn by Koreans living in Seoul in the early 1900s.  Anthropologist Laurel Kendall presents twenty objects from this collection as a precious time capsule on a Korea that is difficult to imagine today.

About Dr. Laurel Kendall
Laurel Kendall is an adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and a Curator of Asian Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History.

As an anthropologist of Korea, Dr. Kendall has been working with and writing about Korea for nearly 30 years, particularly about that of shamanism and women's roles in society.  Her interest in Korea and the role of gender in popular religion grew out of her Peace Corp experience in Korea in the 1970s.  More recently, Professor Kendall has been examining how changes in the shamans' world keep pace with the social and economic transformation of South Korean society. This project includes questions of space and landscape, performance, ritual consumption, national identity, and market anxieties. 

Download a printer-friendly event flyer >> Laurel Kendall Dec. 3, 2013_flyer_v2.pdf

Read more about Laurel Kendall 
and our-research/ staff-directory/ laurel-kendall 

View a short video of Laurel Kendall speaking about her background, research & interest in Korean culture. 


This program is supported by the PSU Korean Studies Program Endowment  established by the late Portland-area, Korean-American business man, Mr. Jay Lee, and with continued contributions from individuals, families, and corporations in our local community.  Please consider making a year-end, tax-deductible contribution to this fund towards the continued support of Korean studies programming at Portland State University.  [download a Donation Form >]

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