Embassy Youth Forum

What is the Embassy Youth Forum?

The Embassy Youth Forum strives to improve how Koreans and Americans understand one another’s cultures, values, and politics by pairing some of Korea’s brightest youth with American guest speakers to discuss contemporary issues facing each nation, such as democratic elections, environmental policy, and many other topics. The monthly forums are conducted in English and are organized by the students themselves working in tandem with the U.S. Embassy, Public Diplomacy.

June 1, 2018 – Guest Speaker: Cedric Yeh, Deputy Chair of the Division of Armed Forces History and the Curator of the National September 11 Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; Moderator: Beau Miller, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Seoul; Topic: “Collecting September 11: Bearing Witness to History”

 

May 24, 2018 – Guest Speaker: Dr. Andrew Martin, Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Political Science and Statistics, University of Michigan; Moderator: Dana Jea, Assistant Provincial Programs Officer, U.S. Embassy Seoul; Topic: “Connecting Liberal Arts and Sciences Students with Employers”

 

 

 

February 22, 2018 – Guest Speaker: Judy Joo, Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur; Moderator: Jason Park, Political Officer, U.S. Embassy Seoul

EYF with Ayla Brown

February 20, 2018 – Guest Speaker: U.S. Singer Ayla Brown ;  Moderator: Beau Miller, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Seoul

Embassy Youth Forum

June 20, 2017 – Guest Speaker: Cameron “Cam” Sholly, Midwest Region Director, U.S. National Park Service;  Moderator: Garrett Wilkerson, Director of Regional Public Diplomacy Outreach, U.S. Embassy Seoul

February 13, 2017 – Embassy Youth Forum with U.S. Snowboard and Freeski Champions

February 13, 2017 – Guest Speakers: Kelly Clark, Snowboard Halfpipe 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 Olympian. Gold, Bronze, Bronze / Arielle Gold, Snowboard Halfpipe 2014 Olympian / AnnaLisa Drew, Freeski Halfpipe 2014 Olympian / Devin Logan, Freeski Slopestyle 2014 Silver Medalist, Also competes in Halfpipe; Moderator: Garrett Wilkerson, Director of Regional Public Diplomacy Outreach, U.S. Embassy Seoul

01112017-EYF with George Washington University

January 11, 2017– Guest Speakers: Leo Chalupa, Vice President for Research, The George Washington University and  James Chung, Associate Vice President, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The George Washington University; Moderator: Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Seoul

58th Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with Keri Lowry, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Private Sector Exchanges on “Global Exchange Programs” at the American Center Korea

November 18, 2016 – Guest Speaker: Keri Lowry, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchanges, U.S. Department of State; Moderator: Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Seoul

Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with William E. Craft, Jr., U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy

September 29, 2016 – Guest Speaker: William E. Craft, Jr., U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy; Moderator: Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Seoul

55th Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with Marc Knapper, Deputy Chief of Mission on “Current Trends in U.S.-Korea Relations And Career Paths and the Life of a Diplomat, including His Role as DCM” at the American Center Korea

July 25, 2016 – Guest Speaker: Marc Knapper, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Seoul ; Moderator: Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Seoul  Video Clip (2’16”) »

54th Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with Michael H. Fuchs, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

May 19, 2016 – Guest Speaker: Michael H. Fuchs, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Moderator: Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Seoul

53rd Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, NASA

April 18, 2016 – Guest Speaker: Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Moderator: Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Seoul

52nd Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with Ambassador Kathleen Stephens

April 4, 2016 – Guest Speaker: Ambassador Kathleen Stephens (2008-2011), William J. Perry Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University; Moderator: Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Seoul

51st Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State on “Education, Exchanges, and Women”

November 5, 2015 – Guest Speaker: Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Moderator: Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Seoul

50th Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs, Special Advisor for Children's Issues

October 16, 2015 – Guest Speaker: Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs, Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, U.S. Department of State; Moderator: Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Seoul

49th Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United State on “Justice and Women's Rights”

August 5, 2015 – Guest Speaker: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United State; Moderator: Ambassador Mark William Lippert, U.S. Embassy Seoul

48th Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with Dr. Fanta Aw, Professor of American University and President & Board of Directors NAFSA: International Educators Association

March 30, 2015 – Guest Speaker: Dr. Fanta Aw, Professor of American University and President & Board of Directors NAFSA: International Educators Association; Moderator: Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Seoul

47th Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with Wendy Cutler, Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative on “Women in Global Leadership”

March 10, 2015 – Guest Speaker: Wendy Cutler, Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; Moderator: Mary E. Tarnowka, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Seoul

46th Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with U.S. Ambassador Mark W. Lippert on “U.S.- Korea Relations”

March 4, 2015 – Guest Speaker: Mark W. Lippert, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Korea; Moderator: Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Robert W. Ogburn

45th Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on “U.S.- Korea Relations and Hopes for the Future”

February 10, 2015 – Guest Speaker: Antony J. Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State; Moderator: Mark William Lippert, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, U.S. Embassy Seoul

Video Clip (36’37”)

44th Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

November 18, 2014 – Guest Speaker: Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Moderator: Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Robert W. Ogburn

43rd Embassy Youth Forum - Real People Talking with “The Allant Trio” on “History and Background of The Allant Trio”

September 24, 2014- Guest Speakers: The Allant Trio (Piano-Dr. Beth Nam, Violin-Anna Jihyun Park, – Cello-Alina Lim), Moderator: Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Robert W. Ogburn

Video Clip (1’11’’)