First “UMU Experts: Lunch Series” to Tackle Korea, U.S. Relations

September 12, 2017

Francis SchortgenALLIANCE, Ohio – Throughout the past year, the relationship between the United States and North Korea has grown increasingly hostile with each passing day. During times of international adversity, many are concerned as to what may happen next and how they may be affected.

As part of the newly revamped UMU Experts: Lunch Series, Dr. Francis Schortgen, associate professor of political science and international studies at the University of Mount Union, will present “On the Brink: Korean War 2.0?” on Tuesday, September 26 at noon in the Newbold Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center at Mount Union.

Schortgen’s extensive experience with Asian security issues, international relations of East Asia, and North Korea is well known to his students at Mount Union and with officials across the world. Originally from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, he has also lived and studied in the United States, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and in a prior career worked as a business consultant in South Korea. In early August, Schortgen returned from a three-week trip to South Korea where he gained up-to-date insights on the tensions and developments related to the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Along with Dr. Michael Grossman, professor of political science and international studies, Schortgen developed a major in national security and foreign intelligence analysis for Mount Union in 2013, which has already graduated two cohorts of students and has quickly evolved into the fastest-growing program of study within the department. 

This is the first event in the UMU Experts: Lunch Series, with two others scheduled to take place Tuesday, November 28 and Tuesday, January 23. Speakers and topics for the other two dates will be announced two weeks prior to each lunch.

The cost to attend the event is $10 and lunch will be provided. Season passes are available for all three dates at a cost of $27. Space is limited, so to reserve a spot for the event, email Angi Swonger at

For more information on the UMU Experts series, contact Ryan Smith at

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