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Lecture Examines North Korea, U.S. and Asia

From left: Joseph H. Dreisbach, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; guest speaker Frank Plantan, Ph.D., co-director of International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania and honorary consul-general of Republic of Korea for Pennsylvania; Michael Allison, Ph.D., professor of political science; and Ann A. Pang-White, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and director of Asian Studies.
November 18, 2017

The University of Scranton hosted a lecture about “The North Korean Conundrum for the U.S. and Asia,” by Frank Plantan, Ph.D., co-director of International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania and honorary consul-general of Republic of Korea for Pennsylvania, on campus recently. The lecture was co-sponsored by the University’s Asian Studies Program and the history and political science departments.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Plantan also served 18 years as the director of the Penn-in-Seoul Study Abroad and Internship Program. He was a consultant to the World Bank as a member of the corporate restructuring team in Seoul during the Asian economic crisis in 1998-99. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Economic Planning Board of the Republic of Korea. He also does occasional consulting and is a partner in Gotham Orient Partners, an investment advisory firm.

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