Monthly Archives: September 2011

Essential points for Research Institutes (과학연구기관의 향후성과를 위한 핵심요인) Essay

과학연구기관의 향후성과를 위한 핵심요인

연구기관의 미래는 이시대의 가장 중요한 문제중하나이다. 전세계에 곳곳의 연구기관들은 비전을 정립하고 급속한 기술의 발전과 변화 무쌍한 경제 및 인구환경에 대응하여 제기능을 다하는데 있어어려움을 겪고있다. 미래의 연구기관이 잠재력을 무한 발휘할수 있도록 확신하기 위해 가장 중요한 몇가지 쟁점을 제시해보고자한다.

1. 연구기관의 사회적 기여에 대한 비전필요

장기적인 관점에서 대규모 연구프로젝트들은 분명한 사회적 기여에 대한 중요한 비전을 제시할수만있다면 강력한 재정지원 및 근로자, 연구원, 그리고 납세자의 폭넓은 지지의 대상이 될 것이다. 제한된 예산이라는 시대에서 사회적 관련성에 대한 제시의 필요성이 결정적인 요인이 될것이다. Read more of this post

Book Signing and Lecture for “Life is a Matter of Direction, Not Speed”

We will have a short lecture and book signing aimed at young people for Emanuel’s book “Life is a Matter of Direction, not Speed”

I do hope everyone can come.

Book Signing and Lecture

 출판기념회

Date:      Friday, October 21, 2011-09-28

일시 : 2011. 10. 21. (금)

Time:       2-5 PM

오후 2시~5시

Location:      The   Leader’s Club

Basement

Yangcheon-gu Minhoegwan (Citizen’s Hall)

장소 : 양천구민회관 지하 1층 리더스클럽 (양천구청역 2호선)

http://kr.gugi.yahoo.com/detail/2630598483/%EB%8B%A4%EB%AA%A9%EC%A0%81%ED%9A%8C%EA%B4%80/

Subway Line #2

Yangcheon-gu District Office

 (양천구청역 2호선

A Practical Defense of the Humanities in the 21st Century

There has been a tremendous swing towards business and technology in higher education today, both in Korea and around the world. We see business schools and business majors emerging everywhere, even at institutions that seemed quite distant from business previously. Moreover, we also see that many jobs advertised take the MBA as a requirement.

That shift in education is born of a profound insecurity that many of us feel. There is a need to find employment rapidly that will pay us enough to survive in an age of such terrible and brutal competition. It seems as if it is only in business and in the apprehension of specialized skills in computer programming or nanotechnology can we hope to find security. Read more of this post

Presentation before Ahn Chul-Soo 안철수, President of SNU AICT

Emanuel made a presentation Thursday, September 21, to a director’s meeting of Seoul National University’s Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology concerning the results of the recent research project and suggestions for future work. Professor Ahn Chul-soo (안철수 박사) recently appointed President of SNU AICT, was present for the event. Emanuel stressed the importance of international collaboration and made suggestions for increasing the international visibility of SNU AICT.

The photo from the meeting is a bit dark.

Hyungak Sunim’s introduction to my book (현각수님)

Hyungak Sunim is an American who has established himself in Korea as a Buddhist monk and thoughtful commentator on spiritual issues. It so happens that the two of us were classmates at Yale College and have communicated on various matters over the years. Hyungak Sunim lived many years in Korea and is well-known for his book about his experiences in the practice of Buddhism.

He was kind enough to write this preface for my recent book  “A Robinson Crusoe in Korea: Life is a Matter of Direction, not Speed.”

Introduction to “A Robinson Crusoe in Korea: Life is a Matter of Direction, not Speed”

By Hyon Gak Sunim

Writing in the mid-19th century, the Father of American Philosophy,

Ralph Waldo Emerson, made strong and radical attempts to unshackle

his American contemporaries from the chains of their strict,

conservative, book-only views of education. Though he himself was a

child of the ancient Greek and Roman classics, graduated from

Harvard College with a classical education, as a mature philosopher Read more of this post

“Don’t Repeat the Mistakes of Cyworld” MK News (in Korean) 매일경제신문 기고

 

매일경제신문

2011.09.22

  2 싸이월드 되지 않으려면


한국은 현재 기로에 서 있다. 혁신적인 기술 개발, 새로운 비즈니스 모델과 디자인 창출을 추진하고 있음에도 이 모든 것이 단지 일시적인 현상인지 혹은 장기적인 전환인지 불확실하다. 삼성전자 현대차 등 대기업 이름으로 좋은 제품을 외국에 수출하고 있지만 아직까지 구글이나 마이크로소프트처럼 세상을 변화시킨 제품을 생산해 내지는 못하고 있다.

과거 한국은 세상을 크게 변화시킬 수 있는 기회를 가진 바 있다. 1372년 `직지심체요절`을 인쇄했던 세계 최초 이동식 금속 활자가 바로 그것이다. 안타깝게도 당시 금속활자는 세계적으로 영향력 있는 획기적인 혁신으로 나아가지 못했으며, 결과적으로 금속활자 기술 개발의 공을 고스란히 유럽인들에게 넘겨준 셈이 됐다. 무한한 가능성을 가지고 있음에도 세계로 나아가기를 주저한 결과 초래된 안타까운 역사적 사실이다.  Read more of this post

Research Association for a Northeast Asian Community

Dr. Seungryu Lee serves as chairman of the Research Association for a Northeast Asian Community. This group meets frequently to discuss how economic, cultural and political integration between China, Japan and Korea can be achieved. The Research Association for a Northeast Asian Community met today (September 22, 2011) for a conference entitled “Constructing a Common Economic Community for the Korean Peninsula and the Search for a Path to Reunification.” Read more of this post

RIKEN’s Asia Research Network

Emanuel visited the headquarters of RIKEN in  Wako, Japan on July 29th to discuss with Professor Hara Masahiko concerning RIKEN’s a”Asia Research Network” and to learn about Professor Hara’s current research.

RIKEN has shown a strong commitment to international collaboration with a focus on Asia over the last few years. RIKEN has launched an Asia Research Network that at present includes representative offices in Singapore and Beijing to oversee initiatives and maintain close institutional ties with research institutes throughout the region. Read more of this post

United Nations Academic Impact Seminar at Kyung Hee University

September 15, 2011

Kyung Hee University and the United Nations hosted a remarkable event entitled “Give Peace Another Chance” to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations “Day of Peace.”  The “Day of Peace” was originally proposed by the founder of Kyung Hee University and it was most appropriate that the United Nations chose Kyung Hee University for this event.

The event, which included speeches, statements by students, an address by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and music performances, was split between United Nations Headquarters in New York City and Kyung Hee Campus in Seoul. Both groups were linked up via the internet.

More than 3000 students from ten universities were involved. The event was focused on United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) an innovative program to increase the global role of universities and the commitment of students to proactive participation in local and global affairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Impact aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in actively supporting the then principles of the UN  in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution. The Academic Impact also asks each participating college or university to actively demonstrate support of at least one of those principles each year.

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s address to “Give Peace Another Chance” is available here.


Emanuel’s two books to be employed in US graduate schools

Both of Emanuel’s recently published books will be used in graduate courses in the United States this semester.

His book on the reception of  the Chinese vernacular in Japan, The Observable Mundane: Vernacular Chinese and the Emergence of a Literary Discourse on Popular Narrative in Edo Japan, will be assigned in the East Asian Studies graduate program at Princeton

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