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About us

The Nam Center for Korean Studies (NCKS) is the seat of Korea-related research, education, and public outreach at the University of Michigan. Established in 2007 with a gift from Elder Sang-Yong Nam (M.U.P. ‘66) and Mrs. Moon-Sook Nam, NCKS became the first named Korean Studies center in the US in 2010. 

At NCKS, we provide research support for faculty, award scholarships and fellowships for students, and host leading experts in the field as guest lecturers and visiting scholars. We also oversee a wide range of innovative programs tailored for different audiences ranging from K-14 educators to established scholars in the field, and sponsor public events in Korean culture and the arts, including exhibitions, film festivals, and performances. We coordinate collaborations with other on-campus departments, schools, and academic units. We are one of the three centers comprising the East Asia National Resource Center on campus, selected and supported by the Department of Education. NCKS' external collaborations include the Big Ten Academic Alliance Korean Studies e-School, which it has led over the last ten years. The center's initiatives are supported in part by major external grants from the Korea Foundation and the Academy of Korean Studies. 

By facilitating cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and historically situated knowledge, NCKS promotes a deeper understanding of Korea, past and present, in the U-M community and beyond.

Directions and Parking

The Nam Center is located on the 4th floor of Weiser Hall at 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor.


There is limited metered street parking near Weiser Hall on Church Street and South University Avenue. Two parking structures are approximately two blocks away:

Forest Avenue Public Parking Structure

  • 650 South Forest Avenue

Palmer Drive Public Parking Structure

  • Palmer Commons, Palmer Drive

For more information about parking in Ann Arbor, please visit DDA Ann Arbor.

University of Michigan employees with a U-M parking permit will find the Church Street structure the closest to Weiser Hall, with the Hill Street, Thayer Street, and Forest Avenue structures all within walking distance. Please note that many University parking structures are free and open to the public after 6 pm each day and on Sunday. For more information about parking at the University of Michigan, please visit Logistics, Transportation, and Parking.