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Daniel Boone High School- Gray, Tennessee
Dawn Ashby taught World Geography, World History, and Economics for eighteen
years in metro Atlanta. She now teaches World History at Boone High School in East
Tennessee. Since she loves Asian food, she misses being able to get bibimbap, sushi,
and ramen in Atlanta. She has previously traveled to Asia with Columbia University
and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. Her interests include running,
hiking, and reading.
Bishop O’Connell High School- Arlington, Virginia
Bill Betthauser is a Business Education and Social Studies Teacher at Bishop
O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA. He teaches AP Economics, AP Comparative
Government and Politics, and International Business. He is heavily involved in his
school’s Global Studies program, which provides experiential learning opportunities for
students to explore the world around them. Always excited to innovate and try
something new in the classroom, Bill strives for meaningful student engagement while
emphasizing problem solving, collaboration, and global understanding in all of his
courses. During fall 2022, Bill launched a YouTube channel entitled Bettland
Economics. His goal is to help students connect course concepts to what is happening
in society. Bill serves as an AP Exam Reader, and co-lead a professional development
session on global business and trade at the 2021 National Financial Literacy &
Economic Education Conference. Bill was selected as a fellow for the Transatlantic
Outreach Program to Germany in 2017 and enjoys sharing his experience abroad with
Tyee High School- SeaTac, Washington
Antje Brewer has been teaching Social Studies and English Language Arts courses
just south of Seattle for eight years after a BA in English Literature at Purdue
University and Master’s at Seattle Pacific University. Growing up in Seattle, Antje was
hooked on travel after a family trip to Portugal. She hopes to one day teach and live
overseas. Antje loves teaching inquiry projects by tapping into student passions and
backgrounds. She has collaborated closely with her district lead, specialists from the
University of Washington, and other teachers in the district in curriculum development
for Contemporary Global Issues, Debate, Modern World History, and Civics course
frameworks as well as in partnership with the Muckleshoot Tribe in implementing
Washington State’s Since Time Immemorial Curriculum in classrooms across the
Highline School District.
Bates Middle School- Annapolis, Maryland
Daniel Brundige is a teacher at Bates Middle School in Maryland. He has been
teaching for seventeen years. He teaches both English and Social Studies classes. He
leads students in many extra-curricular activities. His Comic Art club has been one of
the most well attended club over the past ten years. He is also involved in after-school
athletic activities, coaching a basketball team and literally participating in intramurals
with the students. Service learning is another important part of Mr. Brundige’s
curriculum. Every year students participate in local environmental clean up days.
Students also research and find ways to volunteer in helping conserve animal
habitats. Mr. Brundige is a veteran of the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army
Reserve. His students participate in yearly activities aimed at supporting veterans.
Pocket flag initiatives and visits with the local VFW are highlights of this commitment
to military service. Mr. Brundige is always seeking out opportunities to broaden his
world experience, and bring that knowledge back into the classroom. The Korean
Digital History program will be another amazing opportunity to bridge the gap of
knowledge between America and one of our most important allies in the world, South
Korea. What an great opportunity.
Tara Ann Carter
Providence High School- Burbank, California
Tara Ann Carter is a teacher and English Department Chair at Providence High School
in Burbank, California. Tara has recently transitioned from nearly a decade of working
in Philadelphia public schools to a radically progressive independent school
community in the San Fernando Valley.
As an educator, Tara seeks to provide students with opportunities to engage with
non-traditional texts, both in format and content. She fosters an environment for
students to think critically about their positions of privilege and power in relation to
their community and country. Her lessons are driven by a priority to mold young
people into ideal participants in our contemporary society through the experience of a
pluralism of perspectives. The research done in her graduate work at Villanova
University, as well as fellowships through the University of Pennsylvania and Yale
University, is the foundation of a carefully crafted curriculum resulting in numerous
publications on the pedagogical uses of graphic novels, television and online mediums
centered around the voices of women and people of color.
As the English Department Chair, she has put into practice inclusive instruction of
voices of marginalized persons across all English courses. Through her participation
in the Discover Korea Fellowship she seeks to empower young people to move from
passive viewers to impassioned citizens and active agents of change by creating
awareness putting into action a shift from apathy and sympathy to activism and
Myers Park HS- Charlotte, North Carolina
Lynne Coyne is a social studies, and sometimes English, teacher located in Charlotte,
NC. She has taught a diverse mix of social studies classes including world history,
sociology, and civics. She is presently teaching DP Global Politics in an International
Baccalaureate program. She sees teaching as being a part of a whole school
community and serves as the Director of the school’s competitive debate program and
assistant swim coach. Lynne’s area of deep Korean research is the role of ‘Comfort
women’ in international politics in the post war era.
Oakdale High School- Ijamsville, Maryland
Kate Ehrlich is a social studies and history teacher with Frederick County Public
Schools in Maryland. This is her seventeenth year in the classroom. In addition to
teaching a variety of courses, she is the co-advisor of the junior class and advisor for
ECON Challenge at Oakdale High School. She earned her undergraduate degree
from Towson University in 2006 and a Master of Arts in the Humanities at Hood
College in 2010. She has held National Board Certification in Social Studies/History
for Adolescence and Young Adulthood since 2011. She frequently seeks out new
opportunities for professional development to expand her content knowledge and
make her classroom one in which inclusivity, critical thinking, and global connectivity
Cowan Elementary School- Cowan, Tennessee
Emily Ezell is a third grade teacher at Cowan Elementary School with 26 years
teaching experience. She currently teaches ELA and Social Studies. Teaching
patriotism and Americanism is at the heart of many of the projects she leads in her
school and in her community. In 2018, she was awarded the Smart/Maher VFW
National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. In 2020, she received the Tennessee
Council for Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Aside from teaching, she is currently a
teacher fellow with the Korean War Legacy Foundation. She considers this to be a
highlight of her career.
Stonington Middle School- Mystic, Connecticut
Tim Flanagan has taught middle school for 35 years. He most recently taught social
studies, photography, and STEM classes at Stonington Middle School in Mystic,
Connecticut. In 2016, he took a year-long leave of absence to travel, volunteer and
complete a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher research project in Hanoi, Vietnam. Tim
has also participated in fellowships in Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Germany, and Cuba, in
addition to many seminars in the United States. Earlier in his career, he lived and
taught for five years in Bolivia and Brazil. Tim’s passion for bringing his travel and
learning experiences back to the classroom is equaled by his efforts to advocate for
equity and justice in his community. He most recently was an advisor to his middle
school’s first gay/straight alliance club, led an anti-racism book club for families, and is
currently active in a local anti-racism coalition in his hometown of Westerly, Rhode
Island. Tim is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Discover Korea
fellowship and looks forward to new learning and experiences that will impact his work
with teachers and his community.
Lafayette High School- St. Joseph, Missouri
Derek Frieling teaches at Lafayette High School in the St. Joseph School District in St.
Joseph, Missouri. He currently teaches World History, Honors World History, Dual
Credit American History, AP European History, and serves as the department
chairperson. Derek also serves as an adjunct professor at Missouri Western State
University, teaching Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Online American History
Derek also is the head Scholar Bowl coach, assistant Speech and Debate coach, and
sponsors the Dead Patriots Society (social studies club). He also serves on the
Missouri Council for the Social Studies as Delegate at Large.
Derek has been a frequent presenter at district profession development, statewide
conferences, and for several other professional development organizations. Derek
earned both his BSEd in Social Science and MA in History from Northwest Missouri
State University and is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Lindbergh High School- St. Louis, Missouri
Lauren Smith (Gieseking) is a high school history teacher from St. Louis Missouri. She
teaches 9th grade World History and 11th grade United States History at Lindbergh
High School. She is also the Varsity Girls Water Polo Coach and preserves wedding
bouquets in her free time for her company St. Louis Floral Preservation. Some of her
favorite hobbies include exploring new places around St. Louis, attending musicals,
crafting, traveling, and watching The Office on repeat.
Her favorite part of teaching is bringing history to life in her classroom. She has been
to over 25 countries on 5 continents and she tries to bring stories of her travels into as
many lessons as possible. By showing her students that the past is still impacting the
world around them, she hopes to instill a desire to continue to learn after they leave
her class as well as a global perspective to the ever changing world.
Bay Port High School- Green Bay, Wisconsin
Dan Hoppe has been a social studies teacher in Stevens Point and Green Bay (WI)
for 21 years. Dan has taught a wide range of classes, including American History, AP
United States History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Comparative
Government, and a Genocide and Human Rights course. Dan is a College Board
national consultant for both AP Government courses, presenting workshops to
teachers across the nation since 2014. He has also presented workshops on the use
of technology within the social studies classroom and building engaging lesson at the
Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies annual conference and for education majors
at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dan was awarded the Coca-Cola
Distinguished Educator Award in 2015 and was named the 2019 Wisconsin History
Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. He has also
been an active leader in his school and community, serving as a basketball and track
coach, student council advisor, historical society board member, and as a board
member for the Stevens Point City Plan Commission. Dan is excited to be on this trip
and make connections with the people and history of the Korean peninsula.
Edgewood Middle School- Mounds View, Minnesota
Zoe Kourajian teaches 8th grade U.S. History at Edgewood Middle School, a public
school in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She is in her sixth year at Edgewood and has
also taught 7th grade World Geography. In addition to writing curriculum for her
department and coordinating the National History Day program, Zoe co-coaches the
Quiz Bowl team and is a Building Representative for her teachers’ union. Graduating
from Notre Dame in 2016, she then earned her Master of Education in Secondary
Social Studies at Vanderbilt before moving to Minnesota. Zoe is National Geographic
Certified and is an active member in the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education.
She looks forward to presenting about this research trip to South Korea at the 2023
Minnesota GeoFest conference. When she is not teaching, Zoe loves cooking,
ceramics, skiing, and reading. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband Adam and
their adorable 1-year old, Louie.
Catherine (Cat) Leogrande
Academy of International Studies- Bloomfield, Connecticut
Ms. Leogrande teaches 11th and 12th grade Global Politics in an International
Baccalaureate school for all. There is no test or track to pass into the IB program, all
6-12 grade students are IB students. In the rigorous Global Politics program students
focus on contemporary world issues rather than history. With great student choice,
students are able to study issues that they feel passionate about, from the
environment to human rights to power and politics. Students engage in a political
issue of their choice by interacting with the powers behind the issue. For example,
students have volunteered to work on the CT gubernatorial race, researched and
attended meetings of California government and Water Control to learn more about
actions to reduce the intensity of CA wildfires, and what the Police Chief and his
department are doing to curb youth violence in East Hartford. In addition to units on
Peace Conflict, Development, Human Rights, and Power & Sovereignty, students will
delve into 2 case studies of their choice on topics as wide ranging as: Poverty, Identity,
Borders, Environment, Health, or Security and present these cases in 10 minute
Cape Henry Collegiate- Virginia Beach, Virginia
Mary has taught middle school history for the past four years. As a military spouse she
has taught in Hawai’i, Rhode Island, and Virginia. She received a B.A. in Political
Science and a B.A. in History from Emory University in 2019. She recently completed
her Master’s in Education through the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and is a 2020
recipient of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship. She currently teaches 7th Grade
US History at Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, VA). In her free time she
coaches Middle and High School Girls Basketball and volunteers with multiple Navy
organizations that help to support the needs of military families in Hampton Roads.
When teaching, she loves to show students connections in American and World
History and their relevance to modern world events.
Lakeland High School- Suffolk, Virginia
India currently teaches in the History Department of Lakeland High School in Suffolk,
Virginia, where she also serves as the Department Chair. She has taught students at
all levels from the virtual to inclusion, to Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment,
during her 36-year career. In addition, she has served as an Adjunct Professor of
History at Camp Community College for the past 26 years.
India has been published in the areas of Economics and Holocaust education; she has
made numerous presentations at national, regional, state, and local conferences. She
has been honored for her teaching by such noted organizations as the National
Council for the Social Studies, the Virginia Council for the Social Studies, The National
and Virginia Societies of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the National
and Virginia Councils on Economic Education.
India served as Chair of the NCSS Secondary TOY Committee as well as a term on
the NCSS Board of Directors and the Board’s Executive Committee before ascending
to become NCSS President in 2018-19. Additionally, she served as Chair of the
National Advisory Board for the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society and
has sponsored a Rho Kappa chapter at Lakeland High since 2012. Outside of NCSS,
India has served on the National Advisory Council for the Praxis Social Studies Test,
the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) History End-Of-Course Bias Review
Committee, and the Holocaust Resource Task force for the Virginia Department of
2nd State General Senior School- Xanthi, Greece
A teacher of History and Greek Language at the 2nd Public Senior High School of
Xanthi, Greece. She gained her BA in History & Archaeology from Aristotelian
University at Thessaloniki, Greece. After her studies, she decided that it was time for a
change of scenery (and weather) and moved to the rainy UK where she obtained a
degree in International Business Administration and then she worked as an Events &
Fundraising Coordinator in the children’s charity sector, in Durham and London.
She was a CEO elected member in the Board of Directors in Robospecialists, an NGO
dedicated to educate young people in robotics and AI technologies.
She travels a lot, she speaks English, French some Russian and she is learning
German. After she was attending a Yad Vashem seminar about the Holocaust
education in Jerusalem, Israel, she dedicated to creatively incorporate the Greek Jews
Sepharadic Community study to her teaching and currently looking for networking with
teachers worldwide sharing good practices on an optimum utilization of the local Jews
cemetery in Xanthi into the education process.
Her history related academic interests are in the area of Oral & Public History, in the
study field of the totalitarian regimes, especially Stalinism, Communism, Nazism and
Fascism, their consequence to the families, victims and to the whole Europe. On top
to that, she is specifically interested in how memorials, museums and urban spaces of
remembrance should act as a powerful educational instrument for students and the
Anne Arundel County Schools- Annapolis, Maryland
Shannon Pugh is the current President of the National Council for the Social Studies.
In addition to her role in NCSS, she is the Director of Community and School
Programming for Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Annapolis, Maryland where
she supervises Title I, Community Schools, and other programs and grants designed
to support schools with high concentrations of poverty. Prior to assuming her current
position, she held the positions of Manager of Academics and Strategic Initiatives and
Secondary Social Studies Specialist. Shannon began teaching in rural Mississippi
where she taught social studies and science. She then moved to Dallas, Texas where
she taught AP history, economics, and art courses as well as sheltered (ESOL) world
geography. While in Dallas, she was a member of the Texas Council for the Social
Studies and served as Secretary and President of the Dallas Council. She also
became one of the first three social studies teachers in Texas to earn National Board
Certification. She is an adjunct faculty member at McDaniel College where she
teaches courses in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Shannon is a two-term
member of the NCSS Board of Directors and serves on the Maryland Council for the
Social Studies Board of Directors. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Midwestern
State University, an M.Ed. from the University of North Texas, and an Ed.D. from the
University of Maryland.
MacArthur High School- San Antonio, Texas
As an educator, she stresses the importance for a student to learn, as opposed to
merely being taught and she affords students with pedagogical tools and strategies
necessary to be successful while maintaining a high level of rigor and autonomy. Her
teaching style allows students to draw their own conclusions, to discuss and exchange
ideas and she has students create projects that have value and purpose. She
registered world history students for the North East Independent School District’s
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Fair (STEAM). Her students
produced functional aqueducts using only recyclable materials and wore period
costumes to flesh out the historical component of their entry; therefore, working within
the parameters of a STEAM concept yet were able to apply cultural and historical
thinking skills. She has prepared students for the Literacy Fair, in which students were
able to present a book to others without limitations after mentoring them each year.
Also she has had opportunities to expand outside the classroom and assist
extra-curricular organizations such as sponsoring an after school Club and organizing
educational field trips. At the time of applying for this Fellowship, she has taught World
Geography and World History courses.
Pennsville Memorial High School- Pennsville, New Jersey
Candelle Richman is a 19-year veteran educator at Pennsville Memorial High School
in Pennsville, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Rowan University with a bachelor’s
degree in Business Marketing and certifications in business and history education, and
is currently working toward a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a
focus on educational innovation at the University of Virginia. Candelle uses a
multidisciplinary approach to inspire students to develop a passion for learning, critical
thinking, and problem solving. Her love for both history and business has been a
driving force behind her ability to connect with students and make learning fun and
engaging. She encourages her students to embrace curiosity, creativity, and cultures
beyond their own as she believes education is about developing skills that can be
applied to the real world. Personally, Candelle is a proud native of South Jersey, but
lives in Delaware with her husband, with whom she enjoys traveling and sharing new
Williamstown High School – Williamstown, New Jersey
Christopher Spaman has been a social studies teacher at Williamstown High School in
NJ for nearly 20 years. He earned his BA from Rutgers University and MA from
LaSalle University. Aside from his teaching duties, Christopher has been a coach,
advisor, and a member of the school’s site council, where he works to better the
school community. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to
participate in various study tours and fellowships, such as the Teaching American
History Grant Program (2005-2008), Transatlantic Outreach Program (2008), US
Marine Corps Educator Workshop (2012), Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship
(2016) and the National WWII Museum’s Summer Teacher Institute (2018-2019).
Additionally, he has attended and presented at state (NJCSS), regional (MSCSS), and
national (NCSS) social studies conventions. He currently resides in Mullica Hill, NJ,
with his wife, Christina, and three sons, Henry, William, and Charlie.
Iowa Department of Education- Des Moines, Iowa
Stefanie Wager is currently the social studies consultant at the Iowa Department of
Education and she serves as a consultant for the American Institutes for Research.
Prior to this she worked for Gates Ventures OER Project, served as curriculum
coordinator for Des Moines Public Schools and was a social studies teacher in an
urban and suburban district. In 2020-2021, Stefanie was the President of the National
Council for the Social Studies.
Wydown Middle School- St. Louis Missouri
Doug Wehner has been in the field of education for over 20 years. He has taught
social studies in Missouri, California, Vermont, and New York City. He currently serves
as an Assistant Principal at Wydown Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. He is proud
to have worked with students in urban, rural, and suburban settings and was honored
with the Vermont NEA Award for Teaching Excellence. In his spare time, Doug enjoys
jazz, live theatre, independent films, international learning, and running.
Peekskill High School- Peekskill, New York
Stephanie Werner is a teacher of Global History and Geography at Peekskill High
School in Peekskill, NY. She has been teaching for 8 years across a wide variety of
schools and in several grades and content areas. She is certified for Social Studies
Education for grades 5-9 and 7-12 in New York State. Stephanie especially enjoys
teaching about Geography and Comparative world religions and loves developing
interactive lessons that inspire her students to think critically and have fun. In addition
to expanding her knowledge of global history, Stephanie is currently learning Spanish,
and is a member of a cohort of teachers in her district and across the nation
completing a book study of “Teaching for Black Lives” through the Zinn Education
In addition to teaching Stephanie also works summers and weekends as a bartender
at a local orchard where she loves getting to work outdoors and listen to live music.
She lives with her longtime partner and 4 year old stepson in beautiful Brookfield, CT.
World History Digital Education Staff
Dr. Jongwoo Han
President, World History Digital Education
Dr. Han is the President of the Korean War Legacy Foundation and World History
Digital Education Foundation. His major research and publication areas include
networked information technology and its impact on social capital, elections, politics,
and democracy as well as the relations between North Korea and the United States.
He also constructed the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial (KWVDM,
www.kwvdm.org) and led the incorporation of the Korean War Legacy Foundation. He
is an associate member of Korean War Veterans Association and the Korean War
Veterans Central New York Chapter #105. He has published several books including,
Networked Information Technologies, Elections, and Politics: Korea and the United
States (The Lexington Books, 2011), Understanding North Korea (The Lexington
Books, 2014), and Power, Place, and State-Society Relations in Korea:
Neo-Confucian and Geomantic Reconstruction of the Developmental State and
Democratization (The Lexington Books, 2014). His involvement in the academic
exchange program with the Kim Chaek University of Technology (KUT), DPRK, since
2002, has produced many noticeable academic achievements including KUT’s first
digital library in 2005. Dr. Han served as the host of New York Radio Korea from 2008
– 2009 and regularly returns as a guest on this weekly talk radio program about U.S.
politics and Korea. Dr. Han earned a Ph.D. in political science from Syracuse
University in 1997.
Executive Director, World History Digital Education
Springville Middle School- Springville, New York
Joe Karb has taught middle school Social Studies in Springville, N.Y. for 23 years. He
was selected as the National Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Middle
School teacher in 2012. Serving as both a C-SPAN Fellow and C-SPAN Senior Fellow,
Joe developed a number of civic education initiatives at the cable network. Working
extensively with national social studies standards, Joe served as an inquiry writer on
the New York State C3 Toolkit. He also served on the Board of Directors of the
National Council for the Social Studies for six years. Since 2016, Joe has served as
the Executive Director of the Korean War Legacy Foundation, leading the
development of the KWLF website, curriculum books, teacher workshops, and the
veterans’ archive. His work has been featured nationally through several different
Dr. Bobbie Downs
Fellowship Coordinator, World History Digital Education
Burlington County Special Services School District- Westampton, New Jersey
Dr. Bobbie Downs is currently the Director of the Educational Services Unit (ESU) for
Burlington County Special Services School District. Dr. Downs decided to pursue a
career in education after serving as a teacher and administrator in a school for
Sudanese refugees in Cairo, Egypt. Since that time, Dr. Downs served in the role of
teacher and administrator at the Burlington County Alternative School before being
named Director of the ESU. Dr. Downs received her Bachelor’s degree in Political
Science and Master’s Degree in Teaching from Drew University. Later, Dr. Downs
earned her Master’s degree in School Leadership and her Doctoral degree in
Educational Leadership from Rowan University. She recently earned a MS in
Restorative Practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Dr.
Downs also holds a Graduate Certificate of Autism Education. She is a certified
mindfulness instructor for Mindful Schools and an instructor for Youth Mental Health
First Aid. Dr. Downs is an active member of the New Jersey Principals and
Supervisors Association and the Council for Exceptional Children. She currently
resides in Toms River, New Jersey.
Dr. James Person
James F. Person is the Director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for
Korean History and Public Policy. Between 2007 and early 2017, he served as the
founding Coordinator of the North Korea International Documentation Project at the
Wilson Center. Between 2013 and early 2017, he was Deputy Director of the History
and Public Policy Program. Person holds a Ph.D. in modern Korean history (2013).
Person’s principal research interests include modern Korean history, inter-Korean
relations, DPRK foreign relations, US-Korea relations, and the Cold War in Asia. His
PhD dissertation explored the transformation of North Korea’s political, ideological,
and political systems between 1953 and 1967. Person teaches courses on modern
Korean history at the George Washington University and is on the faculty of Johns
Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He has appeared on
CBS, C-SPAN, National Public Radio, Vice News, KBS, and his interviews have
appeared in Newsweek, CNN, USA Today, the LA Times, the Donga Daily, and other
news outlets. He has worked as a consultant on historical documentaries.
About World Digital Education Foundation
The advent of digital technology challenges conventional ways of educating students and creates unlimited opportunities deliver digital educational materials. In this transition from the analogue era to the digital era, the World History Digital Education Foundation will lead at the K-12 level in the study of global history by:
- Creating innovative digital resources in world history education such as story maps, multi-media curriculums, interactive websites, and virtual reality experiences.
- Developing one-to-one technology capability programs for high needs schools lacking the financial capacity for digital educational technology and equipment.
- Training social studies teachers in the use of technology and engaging them to write new curriculums and lesson plans.
- Developing a collaborative online community of educators who will share best practices in social studies education.
- Educating students on the use of digital resources for research and learning
About the Korea Foundation
The Korea Foundation was established in 1991 to promote awareness and understanding of Korea and to enhance goodwill and friendship among the international community through its cultural, academic and intellectual exchange activities and programs. Some of its major works include: providing support for Korean studies overseas, organizing/supporting international forums, assisting research institutions/think tanks around the world in their research, conferences and publications, and establishing Korean galleries in museums abroad. Currently, the foundation has two branch offices in the United States: the Washington D.C. Office and the L.A. Office, which opened in 2005. Both offices serve as liaisons to the main headquarter in Korea and overseas and manage the foundation’s projects and programs in North/ South America and the Caribbean Islands.