The Darien Community Association’s 2018 academic lecture series on global issues “Inside the Asian Cauldron” begins Thursday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m with Dr. Katharine H.S. Moon presenting “South Korean and the nuclear crisis: Between a rock and a hard place.”

Dr. Moon is professor of political science and the Wasserman chair of Asian Studies at Wellesley College and a nonresident senior fellow and SK-South Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies in the Center for East Asia Policy at the Brookings Institution. A magna cum laude graduate of Smith College and PhD from Princeton University, Dr. Moon was born in San Francisco. She is an expert of comparative social movements in East Asia, democracy, women’s movements, migrant workers, human rights, migration and identity politics with research focusing on U.S., Korea, and East Asia politics, Inter Korean relations, social changes in Korea, and the role of Korea and Americans in U.S. foreign policy. Her books include, Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S.-Korea Alliances, addresses the rise of Korean activism related to the alliance, the comparative politics of the U.S. basing overseas, and needed improvements in the management of this alliance; Influencing S Korea’s Democracy: China, N. Korea Defectors; Beyond Demonization: a New Strategy for Human Rights in N.Korea; Sex Among Allies: Military Prostitution in the U.S. and Korea Relations discusses the effect of foreign policy decisions on local communities and the lives of poor and marginalized women. Her latest book project, New Koreas and the Future of Korean Democracy addresses the impact of demographic change; North Korean defectors and multicultural immigration on South Korea democracy and foreign policy.

She is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Korea Working Group, the Steering Committee of the National Committee on North Korea, and is affiliated faculty of the Korea Institute, Harvard University. She served on the board of trustees at Smith College and the Office of the Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues of the U.S. State Department.

Registration for the series is available online at or through the DCA office.  Tickets for the Thursday morning series are available until Jan. 2 at $100/public or $75/DCA members.  Tickets for the Wednesday evening lecture and reception are $30.  Single tickets for the Thursday morning series and the evening lecture will be sold for $30 at the door on a space-available basis. Prepaid tickets will be available at the door prior to the first lecture. No tickets will be mailed in advance.

For more information contact the DCA at or 203-655-9050 extension 10.  The DCA is located at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien.