CHILLICOTHE – On Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Chillicothe Public Library will host “South Korea in the Spotlight,” a presentation by Bradley University professor Dr. Jihyun Kim.

Whether it’s the grace and power of figure skating or the speed and excitement of skiing, many of us have enjoyed viewing the Winter Olympics this month. sports aren’t the only thing that have caught the public interest, however – the host country of South Korea is on the global center stage as it negotiates delicate interactions with North Korea. The choice for North and South Korean athletes to compete as a unified team is a significant gesture. But what does it all mean?

Dr. Jihyun Kim, professor of political science at Bradley University, will help to shed light on the complex story of current events in South Korea, discussing Korean culture, the city of PyeongChang, and recent South Korean attempts at resuming dialogue with North Korea.

Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of South Carolina where she specialized in international relations and comparative politics. At Bradley, she teaches courses on East Asian civilizations and international relations, US-East Asian relations, and problems of contemporary East Asia. Her teaching interests include theories of war, conflict resolution and multilateral negotiations, nuclear security and nonproliferation, and Korean politics and foreign policy. Dr. Kim’s latest publication is “Toward a Comprehensive Understanding of North Korea’s Nuclear Conundrum” (Asian Politics and Policy), and her current research examines questions of compliance with nuclear nonproliferation norms with a special focus on the cases of Iran and North Korea.

“South Korea in the Spotlight” will take place Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., at Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N. Bradley Ave., Chillicothe. This event is free. For more information, please visit chillipld.org or call 309-274-2719.