The Miwon Lectures provide opportunity for renowned international scholars, world leaders, and practitioners to put forth new visions for how we can build a society for human civilization, and open a peaceful future. “Miwon” is the pen name of the late Young Seek Choue, the founder of Kyung Hee University and tireless advocate of peace. The Miwon Lectures embody

Kyung Hee’s noble tradition of “Scholarship and Peace” and are dedicated to achieving its founding imperative of the “Creation of Civilized World.” This series is complemented by a University Lecture series.

Paul M. Kennedy, Professor of History at Yale University gave the first Miwon Lecture on the topic of “Education and the Future of Humankind” (February, 2010). That lecture was followed by an equally distinguished one by Koichiro Matsuura, the former UNESCO Director-General on “Humanity and Civilization” (September, 2010) and a lecture on “Origins of the Current Crisis of Global Modernity” by Fred Block, Professor of Sociology at UC Davis(September 2011).

Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General spoke about “Establishing Peace in the 21st Century: The Perspective of UNESCO” in August, 2012, and Peter Katzenstein, Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, former President of the American Political Science Association, gave a lecture on “Civilization in World Politics: Beyond East and West” in December 2012.

Chongsik Lee, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at University of Pennsylvania, gave a series of four lectures about “The Post-Liberation Era Reconsidered from the Perspective of the 21st Century” as part of the University Lecture Program in November, 2011. The Slovene philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek gave a special lecture on the “What is To Be Done for Politics?” in June 2012.


<Miwon Lectures>

1 “Education and the Future of Humankind”
  Paul M. Kennedy, Professor of History at Yale University, February, 2010
2 “Humanity and Civilization”
  Koichiro Matsuura, the former UNESCO Director-General, September, 2010
3 “Origins of the Current Crisis of Global Modernity”
  Fred Block, Professor of Sociology at UC Davis, September, 2011
4 “Peace foundation in the 21st Century from perspective of UNESCO”
  Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, August, 2012
5 “Civilization in World Politics: Beyond East and West”
  Peter Katzenstein, Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, December, 2012


<University Lectures>
Chongsik Lee, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at University of Pennsylvania, November, 2011
“The Era of Post-Liberation Reconsidered in the 21stCentury”, Consisting of four consecutive lecture
- “Stalin’s Korean War 1945: Exploration of Korean Modern History”
- “Chinese Civil War Put an End to the Division of Korea”
- “Korean War: Unsolved Riddles”
- “Korean War: Blessing in Disguise, Development of South Korea”
- “Light and Shadows casted by Korean War on Modern Korean Society” [Roundtable]

Slavoj Zizek, Professor of philosophy at the European Graduate School, June 27, 2012
- “What is To Be Done for Politics?”