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The May 18 Academy is a course designed to promote a deeper understanding of human rights issues in Asia. It was founded in 2004 under the name "Gwangju Asia Human Rights School" and it was held annually. ?Intensive lectures are available from experts with extensive experience in the field of human rights for 10 to 14days.? This course consists of general lectures on international human rights norms and international human rights protection systems, subject- specific lectures on specific human rights issues and cases in Asia, as well as lectures on the May 18 Democratic Movement.

The theme of each lecture vary from year to year. ?In addition to the course, the students will learn about human rights in a multidimensional way through presentations, discussions, human rights organizations and field visits. This course is designed to strengthen the competencies of activists who will contribute to the development of civil society by promoting various academic studies and multidimensional advocacy activities on human rights in Asia.

The 2018 May 18 Academy

  • Period : 3, September 2018 (Mon) ~ 17, September 2018 (Mon)
  • Participants : ?50 Participants from 14 Countries?
  • Schedule
    Date Time Activities Lecturer
    2, September (Sun) Arrival and Registration
    3, September (Mon) 09:30 ~ 12:00 Welcoming Ceremony
    14:00 ~ 16:00 Human Rights Movement in Asia Anselmo Lee, Korea Human Rights Foundation
    16:00 ~ 18:00 Democratic Movement in Asia, Gwangju, and the Candlelight Revolution Lee Daehoon , Songgonghoe University
    4, September (Tue) 09:00 ~ 12:00 Visiting Historical Sites in Seoul Changgyeong Palace
    13:00 ~ 16:00 Visiting Gwanghwamun and the Blue House Choi Chihyon, Secretary at the Blue House
    16:00 ~ 18:00 Understanding of Korean Modern History and its Culture Deoksu Palace
    5, September (Wed) 09:00 ~ 17:00 Understanding of Korean Division Imjingak
    17:00 ~ 22:00 Heading to Gwangju after Dinner
    6, September (Thu) 09:00 ~ 12:00 Visiting the May 18 Democratic Archive and the Former Jeolla Provincial Hall Resource Person: The May Guide
    13:00 ~ 16:00 Visiting the May 18 National Cemetery and the Mangwol Cemetery(also known as the old May 18 cemetery) Kim Chanho, Gwangju Trauma Center
    16:00 ~ 18:00 Visiting the May 18 Memorial Foundation
    18:00 ~ 20:00 Welcoming Dinner Deli House
    20:00 ~ 22:00 Group Discussion
    7, September (Fri) 09:00 ~ 10:00 Introduction to International Projects of the May 18 Memorial Foundation
    10:00 ~ 12:00 Participants Presentation (GNMP Generation 1)
    13:30 ~ 16:00 The May 18 and March for our Beloved Kim Jongryul, Gwangju Culture Foundation
    16:00 ~ 18:00 Participants Presentation (GNMP Generation 1)
    19:00 ~ 22:00 Participants Presentation (Group 1)
    8, September (Sat) 09:00 ~ 12:00 Participants Presentation (Group 2)
    13:30 ~ 16:00 Attitude of the International Civil Activists Yang Yeongmi, a Planning Committee Member at the May 18 Memorial Foundation
    16:00 ~ 22:00 Participants Presentation (Group 3, 4)
    9, September (Sun) Visiting Gwangju Biennale
    10, September (Mon) 09:00 ~ 15:30 Participants Presentation (Group 5, 6)
    16:00 ~ 18:00 Meeting with the May 18 Bereaved Family Jung Hyunae
    11, September (Tue) 09:30 ~ 11:30 The Five Principles of Truth Finding and Historical Reckoning Kim Jungeun
    13:30 ~ 16:00 The May 18 from the Overseas Perspectives Choi Yongju
    16:00 ~ 18:00 Photo Time
    19:00 ~ 22:00 Group Discussion
    12, September (Wed) 09:05 ~ 10:00 Heading to Jeju
    13:00 ~ 18:00 Visiting the Jeju April 3 Peace Park
    13, September (Thu) 09:00 ~ 12:00 Visiting Gangjeong Village Historial Sites of the April 3
    13:00 ~ 17:00 Visiting Historial Sites of the April 3
    17:00 ~ 18:30 Dinner and Heading to the Airport
    14, September (Fri) 09:30 ~ 12:00 Visiting Gwangju Trauma Center Kim Chanho, Gwangju Trauma Center
    13:30 ~ 15:30 Women and the May 18 People's Uprising Lee Chunhee
    16:00 ~ 18:00 The Meaning of the Asia Human Rights Charter and its Declaration in Gwangju Himensi
    19:00 ~ 22:00 Solidarity Night
    15, September (Sat) 10:00 ~ 12:00 The Present and Future of the May 18 Lee Gwangsu, Busan University of Foreign Studies
    13:00 ~ Departing for Home-stay Free time for those who do not belong.
    16, September (Sun) ~ 14:00 Returning from Home-stay
    14:00 ~ 16:00 Preparing Group Presentation
    16:00 ~ 22:00 Group Presentation and Evaluation (Group 1~3)
    17, September (Mon) 09:00 ~ 12:00 Group Presentation and Evaluation (Group 4~6)
    16:00 ~ 18:00 Closing Ceremony at Auditorium
    18, September (Tue) Departure

The 2017 May 18 Academy

  • Period : 7, September 2017 (Thu) to 21, September 2017 (Thu)
  • Participants : 20 International Activists, 8 GNMP Program Students
  • Schedule
    Morning Afternoon Evening
    7, Sep (Thu) Arrival Arrival Lecture (Anselmo Lee)
    8, Sep (Fri) Visiting DMZ Visiting Nam Mountain and Gyeongbok Palace Han River Tour Bus
    9, Sep (Sat) Lecture (Anselmo Lee) Cultural Activity Cultural Activity
    10, Sep (Sun) Departing for Gwangju Visiting the May 18 National Cemetery Welcoming Dinner Bus
    11, Sep (Mon) Lecture (Yangrae Kim) Lecture (Yiombi Thona)
    12, Sep (Tue) Lecture (Shantanu Majumder) Lecture (Shantanu Majumder)
    13, Sep (Wed) Visiting Chonnam National University Medical School Visiting the May 18 Democratic Archive Performance Bus
    14, Sep (Thu) Participating the World Human Rights Forum, Participants Presentation Participating the World Human Rights Forum
    15, Sep (Fri) Participating the World Human Rights Forum Participating the World Human Rights Forum
    16, Sep (Sat) Participating the World Human Rights Forum Field Trip Fringe Festival
    17, Sep (Sun) Lecture (Bijo Francis) Lecture (Bijo Francis)
    18, Sep (Mon) Field Trip Field Trip Bus
    19, Sep (Tue) Visiting the May 18 Museum at Chonnam National University Lecture (Yiombi Thona)
    20, Sep (Wed) Participants Presentation Participants Presentation
    21, Sep (Thu) Group Presentations, Photo Time Closing Ceremony
    9/22 (Fri) Heading to Seoul and Departure Heading to Seoul and Departure

The 2016 May 18 Academy

  • Period : 26, August 2016 to 10, September 2016?
  • Participants : 23 persons
  • Schedule
    Date Program Venue
    26, Aug (Fri) Arrival Incheon Airport Volunteers
    Free time Airport Limousine
    18:00 Dinner Junjinsang Hall
    19:00 [Lecture] Anselmo Lee Junjinsang Hall Korea Human Rights Foundation
    27, Aug
    (Sat)
    9:00 Participants Presentation (A Team) Junjinsang Hall
    12:00 Lunch
    15:00 [Lecture] Lee Daehoon Songonghoe University
    18:00 Dinner and Cultural Activity
    28, Aug
    (Sun)
    8:00 Breakfast Junjinsang Hall Bus
    9:00 Gyeongbok Palace
    12:00 Lunch
    14:00 Visiting DMZ 
    18:00 Dinner
    19:00 Han River Tour
    29, Aug
    (Mon)
    9:00 Breakfast and Free time The May 18 Education Center
    10:00 Participants Presentation (B Team) Lecture Room
    12:00 Lunch The May 18 Education Center Bus
    14:00 [Lecture] Lee Jaeui The May 18 National Cemetery Historical Materials Commitee Member at the May 18 Memorial Foundation
    17:00 Visiting the May 18 National Cemetery Kin Hyangsoon
    18:00 Dinner
    19:00 Performance(Singer Kim Wonjoong)
    30, Aug
    (Tue)
    8:00 Breakfast The May 18 Education Center
    9:00 [Lecture] Bijo Francis Lecture Room AHRC
    12:00 Lunch The May 18 Education Center
    13:00 [Lecture] Bijo Francis Lecture Room AHRC
    18:00 Dinner and Solidarity Night The May 18 Education Center
    31, Aug
    (Wed)
    8:00 Breakfast The May 18 Education Center Moving by subway
    9:00 [Lecture] Na Ganchae The May 18 Democratic Archive Head of The May 18 Democratic Archive
    12:00 Lunch
    14:00 [Lecture] Yiombi Thona The May 18 Democratic Archive Gwangju University
    18:00 Dinner and Free time
    1, Sep
    (Thu)
    8:00 Breakfast  The May 18 Education Center
    By Walk and Bus
    9:00 [Lecture] Kim Sooah Gwnagju City Hall Human Rights, Peace and Cooperation Officer
    12:00 Lunch Gwnagju City Hall
    14:00 [Lecture] Father Patrick Ham The May 18 Memorial Foundation Gangjeong, Jeju
    18:00 Dinner The May 18 Memorial Foundation
    19:00 [Lecture] Yiombi Thona The May 18 Memorial Foundation Gwangju University
    2, Sep
    (Fri)
    8:00 Breakfast and heading to Mokpo /TD> Bus
    9:00 Visiting National Maritime Museum
    12:00 Lunch
    13:00 Visiting the Kim Daejung Memorial
    18:00 Dinner and heading to Gwangju
    3, Sep
    (Sat)
    8:00 Breakfast and heading to Sooncheon The May 18 Education Center Bus
    10:00-11:00 Nagan Castle  English Speaking Guide
    12:00 Lunch
    13:00 Garden Fair English Speaking Guide
    18:00 Dinner and heading to Gwangju
    4, Sep
    (Sun)
    8:00 Breakfast The May 18 Education Center
    Free Time
    19:00 Visiting the Traditional Culture Center Jeungshim Temple
    5, Sep
    (Mon)
    8:00 Breakfast The May 18 Education Center
    9:00 [Lecture] Sushil Pyakurel The May 18 Education Center  Advisor for President in Nepal
    12:00 Lunch The May 18 Education Center
    13:00 Conversation with the Executive Director at the May 18 Memorial Foundation The May 18 Education Center
    18:00 Dinner The May 18 Education Center
    6, Sep
    (Tue)
    8:00 Breakfast The May 18 Education Center  Bus
    9:00 518 [Lecture] Park Haegwang Chonnam National University May 18 Research Institute, Chonnam National University
    12:00 Lunch
    14:00 [강의] Sushil Pyakurel Chonnam National University May 18 Research Institute, Chonnam National University
    18:00 Dinner
    19:00 Free time
    7, Sep
    (Wed)
    8:00 Breakfast The May 18 Education Center Bus
    9:30-11:30 [Lecture] Lee Joonhaeng Chonnam National Univeristy Hospital Chonnam National Univeristy Hospital
    11:00-12:00 Visiting Chonnam National University Hospital
    12:30 Lunch Chonnam National Univeristy Hospital
    14:00 [Lecture] Lee Jeonggyu Emmaus Social Work Department, Honam University
    18:00 Dinner The May 18 Education Center
    17:00 Free time
    8, Sep
    (Thu)
    8:00 Breakfast  The May 18 Education Center
    10:00 [Lecture] Cho Daeyeon  Gwangju Museum of Art
    Visual Studies Department, Gwangju University
    13:00 Lunch Cafeteria
    15:00 Gwangju Biennale Docent
    18:00 Dinner The May 18 Education Center
    19:00 [Lecture] Park Moonjin Green Fund
    9, Sep
    (Fri)
    8:00 Breakfast  The May 18 Education Center
    9:00 Group Presentations Former Jeolla Provincial Hall
    11:00 Closing Ceremony and Photo Time Former Jeolla Provincial Hall
    12:00 Lunch Former Jeolla Provincial Hall
    18:00 Dinner The May 18 Education Center
    10, Sep
    (Sat)
    Departure

The 2015 May 18 Academy

  • Period : 7, September 2015 to 20, September 2015?
  • Participants : 19 participants
  • Schedule
  • Date Program Venue
    7, Sep
    (Mon)
    9:30 Introduction to the May 18 Academy The May 18 Education Center
    11:00 Visiting the May 18 Museum Chonnam National University Park Haegwang (Chonnam National University)
    13:30 Visiting the May 18 National Cemetery The May 18 National Cemetery Baek Ganghwa(The May Guide)
    15:00 [Lecture] What is May 18 Uprising for Korea now? Seminar Room at the May 18 National Cemetery Eun Woogeun (Gwangju University)
    8, Sep
    (Tue)
    10:00 [Lecture] The Gwangju Uprising The May 18 Democratic Archive Lee Jaeui
    13:30 Visiting the May 18 Democratic Archive
    15:00 [Lecture] Archive and the May 18 Na Ganchae(The May 18 Democratic Archive)
    17:00 Visiting the Former Jeolla Provincial Hall
    9, Sep
    (Wed)
    8:30 The First Participants Presentation The May 18 Education Center
    9:30 [Lecture] Righteous Army Movement and Gwangju Spirit Goh Yeongjin(Gwangju University)
    14:00 [Lecture] The Importance of Archiving for Activists Asia Culture Center Cho Daeyeon(Gwangju University)
    16:30 The Second Participants Presentation The May 18 Education Center
    17:00 Solidarity Night
    10, Sep
    (Thu)
    9:00 [Lecture] A Conversation with a bereaved family, "May Mother" Gwangju City Hall Lim Geundan, Kim Sooah(Human Rights, Peace and Cooperation Officer)
    11:00 Visiting Gwangju City Hall
    14:00 The Third Participants Presentation The May 18 Education Center
    11, Sep (Fri) 9:30 [Lecture] Humanitarianism and Human Rights Chonnam National University Hospital Lee Joonhaeng(Chonnam National University)
    14:00 [Lecture] Gangjeong Village in Jeju and Peace The May 18 Education Center Patrick Ham(Father)
    17:00 Visiting Gwangsan District Office
    19:00 Watching a Show
    12, Sep (Sat) [Cultural Activity] Mokpo
    Visiting Kim Daejung Memorial, Mokpo Modern History Museum
    13, Sep (Sun) Free time
    14, Sep (Mon) 9:00 [Lecture] Living a life as a refugee in Korea The May 18 Education Center Yiombi Thona(Gwangju University)
    14:00 [Lecture] Asia's Human Rights Concerns & A way ahead Bijo Francis
    (Asia Human Rights Commission)
    15, Sep (Tue) 9:30 Visiting the Gwangju Trauma Center Gwangju Trauma Center
    14:00 A Conversation with the Executive Director at the May 18 Memorial Foundation The May 18 Education Center
    16, Sep (Wed) 9:30 [Lecture] Human Rights and Democracy with a focus on the experience of Thailand The May 18 Education Center Bencharat Chu(Mahidol University)
    13:00 [Lecture] Risk Management Yiombi Thona(Gwangju University)
    16:00 Group Presentation
    17, Sep (Thu) 10:00 Group Presentation Multimedia Room at the May 18 Memorial Foundation
    13:00 Photo Time The May 18 Memorial Park
    15:00 Closing Ceremony Multimedia Room at the May 18 Memorial Foundation
    17:00 [Lecture] Digital Security and Threat Yiombi Thona(Gwangju University)
    18, Sep (Fri) 9:00 Departing for Seoul
    14:00 Visiting Imjingak
    19:00[Lecture]Progressing Democratization and
    continuing problems
    Junjinsang Hall Basil Fernando(Asia Human Rights Commission)
    19, Sep (Sat) [Cultural Activity] in Seoul
    Visiting Gyeongbok Palace, Gwanghwamun, National Museum of Korea, War Memorial of Korea, and Han River
    20, Sep (Sun) Free time in Seoul
    Myeongdogn Cathedral, Namdaemun Market, Namsan Tower
    21, Sep (Mon) Departure
Cultural Activity
  • Monkeys : The percussion musical, which is expressed in body without language, was suitable for the participants to mingle together

The 2014 May 18 Academy

  • Period : 20, August 2014 to 3, September 2014
  • Venue : Seoul, Gwangju (5·18 Training Center)
  • Participants : 22 participants

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