Humanities Center

Humanities Center

Events for 2023-2024

Next Event: 

Works-In-Progress:  Sinwoo Lee, "Unlawful Occupations of Commoners' Houses: Social Status, Migration, and the Housing Crisis in Eighteenth-Century Seoul"

Friday, May 3rd

12:00 PM, Humanities Center, PAC 113

Middle Ages wall painting with king holding gold sphere 

“Seoul Republic” is a satirical term used to describe the phenomenon where all aspects of South Korea, including politics, economy, society, and culture, are excessively concentrated in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. The centrality of Seoul in the country emerged as early as the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries during the Chosŏn Dynasty (1392–1910). This talk will discuss legal cases, changes in law, and court discussions of the unlawful occupation of commoners’ houses by the yangban elites (yŏga t’arip) in the intersection of rural-urban migration, social status, and the housing crisis in Eighteenth-Century Seoul.

2023-2024 Theme: Water

Water is at once both simple and complex.  A vital life element, essential to any species’ survival, water is threatened by human activity. Water is at the heart of politics and culture, news and information, science, and technology. We seek it; we fight over it; we yearn for it. It is an eternal inspiration for writers and artists. Whether it is drought or receding glaciers, atmospheric rivers or massive flooding, water is everywhere.

The Humanities Center is the interdisciplinary heart of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Our purpose is to create and nurture a culture of ideas at Chico State and to engage our diverse intellectual community through public events.  During the 2023-24 year, the Humanities Center will host a series of lectures and films exploring our human relationships with water. 

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