UM Mansfield Center Hosts Award-Winning Korean Film and Guest Lecturers

November 06, 2015

MISSOULA – The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana will show the award-winning Korean film “Ode to My Father” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the University Center Theater. The drama chronicles the life of an ordinary Korean man and his family from the Korean War to present day.

Two guest lecturers, Sung-Yong Lee of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and James Person of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars History and Public Policy Program, will speak before the start of the film. Their presentation “Korea: The Time of Changes” will explore the real-life settings and contexts for the events of the film.

The event is free and open to the public, but organizers ask attendees to reserve tickets in advance online at or by calling 406-243-2988. Refreshments will be served.

Since the 1950s, South Korea has faced sweeping political, economic and cultural changes. In the past 65 years it has faced division, invasion, uprising, reforms and industrialization. It has grown into a thriving world economy and sophisticated cultural center, but these changes have had a profound impact on the everyday lives of the ordinary people involved in them.

“Ode to My Father” tells the story of one man whose family is separated during the division of North and South Korea, and the path his life takes after he promises his father that he will care for their family in his father’s place.  

Lee is a Kim Koo-Korea Foundation professor in Korean studies and assistant professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has taught courses on Korean political history at Bowdoin College, Sogang University and Seoul National University. Person is deputy director of the History and Public Policy Program and coordinator of the North Korea International Documentary Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM promotes better understanding of Asia, U.S. relations with Asia and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield (1903-2001) and his wife and life partner, Maureen Hayes Mansfield. The center houses programs that focus on the people and cultures of modern Asia and ethics in public affairs – the core interests and hallmarks of Sen. Mansfield’s career.

This event is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Center, UM’s Office of International Programs, the Montana World Affairs Council, the Korea Foundation, the Wilson Center and CJ Entertainment. More information is available online at

Contact: Caitlin Sager, UM Mansfield Center administrative assistant, 406-243-2965,