The School of Art at Kyung Hee University decided to devote its efforts to transforming the alleys around the university by painting a series of compelling posters with strong messages that call out to the passer by. The posters are remarkably effective. Here are a few examples.
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Professor John Treat of East Asian Languages and Literature at Yale, my original department and the department of Professor Steven Owen at Harvard University, delivered this talk to a group of Kyung Hee students and faculty on June 7, 2012 at the Kyung Hee University library.
East Asian Languages and Literature at Yale is the most solid program for learning Asian languages in the United States. Because the program requires undergraduates to take a course in either literary Chinese or literary Japanese, it has never attracted a large number of students. In my year, 1987, there were four majors.
The discussion about the history of Korean studies in the United States, and its evolving nature, was fascinating. Sadly, Yale University does not yet have a Korean studies program, although Professor Treat is working hard to build one. Read more of this post
April 13, 2012
This interview on the Korea Scholarship Foundation Blog concerns important issues in education today.
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Young Seek Choue (1921-2012)
Dr. Young Seek Choue was one of most remarkable figures of the post-Korean War period. A man who devoted himself to a vision of peace and education in an age when most Koreans were concerned with the basic challenges of survival and economic development, Dr. Choue was above all a visionary, a man who established and built Kyung Hee University while remaining engaged in a far-sighted plan to “build a civilized world.” He started this project at a time when most Koreans were struggling to feed themselves. He imagined a global role for Korea, deeply engaged with the United Nations, that in the 1950s and 1960s seemed fantastic, but today, with Ban Ki Moon as Secretary General seems most prescient. Read more of this post
Kyung Hee University held a year-end party for faculty and students at the Peace Auditorium on December 21. The event, titled “Magnolia 2011” featured a very impressive music performance and the presentation of awards to outstanding faculty. The height of the event was the signing of a remarkable document entitled “Kyung Hee University Future Compact”
There is no English version of this remarkable document
The preface reads:
“This is a road that did not exist before. The road before us is one that has never been traveled. Only after we have crossed over it will it be a road. Today our Kyung Hee University community members join hands to build a better common community and a university of dignity based on a spirit of communication, harmony, consideration and respectfulness. For the first time since the founding of our Kyung Hee University faculty & students sign here together this “Kyung Hee University Future Compact” on a basis of mutual trust within the university. Read more of this post
This article in the November, 2011 issue of “Christian Thought” (기독교사상) includes a rather lengthy interview in Korean.
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Emanuel’s talk about a dream of his grandmother at TED X Hongreung
Emanuel gave a talk about a memory dream he had about his grandmother when first studying in Korea at the recent TED event. Hongreung is the name of an old neighborhood (named after a royal grave) in northern Seoul that has become the center of a research cluster defined by Korea University, KAIST, KDI, Kyung Hee University Hanguk Sook of Foreign Studies and KIST.
Link to the video:
“A Dream of My Grandmother on New Year’s Eve in Korea”
TED X Hongreung
October 29, 2011
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Actually, the place., “Simple Waffle,” only serves vegan waffles so far, but the owner, who goes by the name Pooh Lee, has great ambitions. Vegan food is hard to find in Korea, and I think a true Vegan could starve without some help. I stick to vegetables myself, but commonly you find a taste of meat or fish in just about everything.
So it is impressive that there is now a place that calls itself Vegan near Kyung Hee University. In Korea, oddly, eating meat is associated with being modern. Just like throwing away paper cups is somehow “modern.” I love Korea, but this cultural assumption is one of the great challenges.
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.