On evening of February 27th, at the Wolfhound Pub in Itaewon, Arirang Institute celebrated the 2nd anniversary of its founding with a Launch Party. The evening was a splendid celebration of the past, present, and future of Arirang Institute.
The evening opened with an Arirang solo vocal performance by 남은혜 명창 followed by a live art performance by 신평 김기상 서예가.
After the opening ceremony, Seoul Bureau Chief, Michael Lammbrau presented the Spring 2016 Leadership Programme, which aims to connect undergraduate and graduate students with leading experts, academics, and professionals in the field of East Asia International relations.
The Arirang Leadership Programme fellows will work over the 2016 Spring Semester, with guidance by their Mentors to successfully execute a research product to be presented to an executive level board of experts at the end of the semester.
As part of the Leadership Programme, Arirang Institute was proud to announce its seminar series entitled, "Inspired by Courage: Talks on Leadership." Professor Matthew Fennell of Hanyang University, seen below, will MC the semester long talks to be held every other Wednesday, at the Wolfhound Pub.
Professor Fennell currently works in the TESOL department, training current and prospective English teachers. Alongside this role, he works closely with the Ministry of Education and is a contributing write for Asia Society Korea Center. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Seoul Sunday Football League and Team Manager of the Arirang FC Diplomacy team.
The "Inspired by Courage: Talks on Leadership," will kick off on the evening of March 9th, 7 pm - 8:30 pm at the Wolfhound Pub. The first Leadership Speaker is non other than Mr. Todd Sample, the president of Wine on Wednesday Korea, one of Seoul's largest business networking events, which brings together the international and Korean business community with the goal of developing mutually beneficial business relationships in the era of the creative economy. He is still an entrepreneur, as well as a regular columnist for the Korean Wall Street Journal, Money Today newspaper and Luel men's fashion magazine. He also serves as an executive advisor for the Seoul Global Center's foreign entrepreneur start-up program.
The evening culminated in a keynote speech by Mr. Bryan Port, Arirang Institute's newest Board Member and Future Chair, on vision and long term aims for Arirang Institute. The future looks bright for Arirang Institute as they continue their "People to People" Diplomacy initiatives in the arts, education, and sport.