ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.

January 28, 2003

The Hon Mark Steven Kirk
United States Representative (R-10-IL)

to speak on

A Strategic Vision of U S Commitment to the Human Rights Issues:
The Case of North Korea


ICAS Winter Symposium : Humanity, Peace and Security
February 14, 2003 12:00 NN - 5:45 PM
United States Senate Dirksen Office Building Room 106
Capitol Hill, Washington, D C 20510

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that U S Rep Mark Steven Kirk will address A Strategic Vision of U S Commitment to the Human Rights Issues: The Case of North Korea at the ICAS Winter Symposium on February 14, 2003 in Washington D C.

Mark Kirk represents the 10th Congressional District of Illinois located in the suburbs north of Chicago. Congressman Kirk, a vice president of the sophomore class, serves on the Appropriations Committee. Congressman Kirk wrote a number of provisions which became law, including, funding for commuter rail, improving veteran's health care, ensuring military voting, and boosting aviation security. Congressional Quarterly recently named Congressman Kirk as one of the "28 Emerging Leaders in Congress."

Kirk began his career on the staff of his predecessor, Congressman Porter. He later served in the World Bank, the State Department, the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, and the U.S. House International Relations Committee. Congressman Kirk served as a Naval Reserve intelligence officer during conflicts with Iraq, Haiti, and Bosnia. He served four tours at sea and three in Panama. The U.S. Navy named Kirk 'Intelligence Officer of the Year' in 1998 for his combat service in Kosovo. Kirk also served in combat over Iraq as part of Operation Northern Watch. Representative Kirk graduated from New Trier High School and attended the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico before earning a B.A. from Cornell. He holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Georgetown.

Congressman Kirk and his wife, Kimberly, live in Highland Park, Illinois.

Thank you.


Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President

ICAS Fellow