UW Faculty Auxiliary

February 10, 2022

UWFA Lecture: “Thom Lee, Korean Five Elements” Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Welcome to the UWFA Lecture Series

Thom Lee  “Korean Five Elements” Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Several years ago, Thom Lee took a trip to South Korea to celebrate his mother’s 80th birthday.  This presentation will examine the trip in a thematic way using the traditional Five Element theory that pervades the country and culture.  The Elements are water, wood, fire, earth, and metal.  Please join us next Wednesday for this interesting lecture.


Thom Lee is a Washington native.  He was born in Everett, and spent most of his childhood and early teens in the state.  He has explored many disciplines including art, history, anthropology, philosophy, botany, culinary arts, and vocal music.  He holds a MFA from the Ohio State University, but has degrees and credentials from Binghamton University, the University of Washington, and Ewha University in Seoul Korea.  He currently teaches ceramics, design and drawing at Everett Community College, but also lectures in Global Ethnobotany, Sustainable Nutrition, and Humanities classes. Classical Asian Five-Element Theory is a major interest of Thom’s, and his presentation will examine a recent trip to Korea through the lens of this philosophy.