The Sejong Society is a non-partisan, and all-volunteer tax-exempt organization dedicated to informing, developing, and connecting young professionals interested and engaged in U.S.-Korea affairs. Our ultimate goal is to inspire the next generation, regardless of political and career affiliations, of Korea and Northeast Asia specialists.
The Sejong Society is named after King Sejong the Great, who reigned during Korea's Joseon era (1392-1910) and orchestrated the development of the Korean alphabet, hangul, in 1446. Dr. Kongdan Oh Hassig also calls King Sejong "the creator of the first think tank in human history.”
The Sejong Society was founded by Stafford Ward on May 18, 2006, exactly 556 years after King Sejong’s death on May 18, 1450, in commemoration of his political and academic achievements.
The Sejong Society executes a three-pronged strategy in cultivating the next generation of Korea and Northeast Asia specialists, by:
- Informing students and young professionals through timely and accessible resources and programming on U.S.-Korea affairs, especially lectures by distinguished experts and cultural events
- Developing qualified and ambitious individuals through leadership, programming, and publication opportunities, on and off of our Board of Directors
- Connecting students, young professionals, and organizations in U.S.-Korea affairs through networking and partnership opportunities