Korean War Legacy Project

2021 World Congress of Teachers of the Korean War (US)


The Korean War Legacy Foundation is honored to host the 2021 World Congress of Teachers of the Korean War to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the war. The conference for US teachers will be held at a special event in Washington DC from July 26-28th.  The sessions will include special commemoration ceremonies, including special remarks from an MPVA Representative, a historical lecture on the war and its significance, training on an oral history library of veteran interviews, case studies of materials on the Korean War, and presentations on the unique contributions of UN Nations.

Because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, US teachers will attend in-person and teachers from other coalition member nations will attend the conference online.  Space is limited and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  PLEASE NOTE:  We will follow all required COVID-19 precautions mandated at the time of the conference

On Day Two of the conference US teachers will be joined digitally by teachers from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Denmark
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • India
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United States

Teacher Qualifications


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 8th, 2021

Apply Now

Sessions Will Include


Program Book (PDF) »

Sunday, July 25th
7:00 – 9:00 Welcome Reception at Dubliner Pub (optional event)
4 F Street Northwest
(5 minute Walk from Hilton)
Monday, July 26th
7:45 – 8:30 Breakfast: Atrium Ballroom
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome Dr. Jongwoo Han
Joseph Karb
9:00 – 9:15 Canada Legacy Project Senator Yonah Martin
9:15 – 10:30 Introduction to the Korean War Interview Archives Maranda Wilkinson, Matt Britton
Don Jenkins
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 -11:45 Why study the Korean War? Prof. Kathryn Weathersby
11:45 – 12:30 Teaching the Korean War using the C3 Mona Al-Hayani
12:30 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 Korean War Modules for World History Gabe Fain
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:30 Panel Discussion: The Story to Tell Moderated by Maranda Wilkinson
6:30 Dinner at The Dubliner Pub
4 F Street Northwest
(5 minute Walk from Hilton)
Tuesday, July 27th
8:00 – 8:45 Breakfast: Atrium Ballroom
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome

Roll Call of Countries

Special Welcome from National Council for Social Studies

Work of the Foundation-Updates

Dr. Jongwoo Han

Mary Huffman

Shannon Pugh

Joe Karb

9:30 – 10:15 Commemoration Speeches:

Special Remarks by Minister HWANG Ki-chul of Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

Reflections on preserving the legacy of the Korean War

The Wall of Remembrance

The importance of Education


Minister Hwang ki-chul, MPVA

Paul Cunningham

Jim Fisher

Senator Yonah Martin

10:15 – 10:30 Our Vision for you: Canada Project Case Study Rachel Collishaw, President SSENC
10:30 – 11:30 The Lasting Legacy of the Korean War: Simultaneous Economic Development and Democratization Prof. Greg Brazinsky
11:30 – 12:00 The 22: Korean War International Legacy Mary Huffman and Maranda Wilkinson
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:45 Country Sharing– 5-10 minutes from each country in 3 BREAKOUT ROOMS of 7 countries each. One moderator for each breakout room

Celebrating unsung stories of the Korean War from our interview archive or other sources.

1:45 – 2:00 Final Thoughts Dr. Jongwoo Han
2:15 Busses depart for the Korea War Memorial
3:00 – 4:30 Korean War Memorial Ceremony and Tour
6:30 – 7:00 Gala Dinner Reception: Grand Ballroom Foyer
7:00 – 9:00 Gala Dinner: Grand Ballroom

Travel & Meals

Expectations & Notes

All attendees are required to recruit one veteran or veteran’s family member to create a profile on THE 22.

The 22: Korean War International Legacy is a global community of Korean War veterans, their family members, scholars, historians, and educators intent on honoring veterans from the 22 countries that served in the Forgotten War. As heirs of their legacy, our goal is to preserve and share their stories, educate the public about the War, and come together as a community of peace and healing.

  1. Recruit one veteran or veteran’s family member to create a profile that recognizes a Korean War veteran.
  2. Profiles must be completed by July 25th.
  3. Profiles should include detailed information and if possible photographs.

About the Conference Host

The Korean War Legacy Foundation (KWLF) is a USA based, registered non-profit that focuses on assisting teachers, students, and the general public in understanding the origins and outcomes of the Korean War, the challenges that soldiers faced while fighting it, and its rich legacy promoting democracy and freedom in the world today, which is exemplified by South Korea’s simultaneous achievement of rapid economic development and substantive democratization in late 20th century. The KWLF is proud to announce that it has completed oral histories of 22 Korean War participating countries which are available on the foundation’s website, www.koreanwarlegacy.org.


This conference is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs of the Republic of Korea.

If you have any questions, please contact: Bobbie Downs at kwlfprograms@gmail.com.