Summer School with Globally Eminent Scholars
2017-03-13 | 관리자
Summer School with Globally Eminent Scholars
Professors Slavoj Zizek of the University of Ljubljana, Mary Tucker of Yale
University, and John Ikenberry of Princeton University, Deputy Director
Ramu Damodaran of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and
many others gathered in Kyung Hee for a series of special lectures.
Every summer Kyung Hee University holds Global Collaborative Summer Program
(GC) on the theme of “Humanity, Civilization and Global Governance” offering
world class intensive coursework.
Cosmological perspective on the relationship between artificial intelligence
(AI) and humanity
This year a total of 27 lecturers participated in the program including, beside
the lecturers already mentioned above, Professors Ram Cnaan of the
University of Pennsylvania, Melanie Wenger of the University of Oxford,
President Cyril Ritchie of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship
with the United Nations (CoNGO), and others. Professors Zizek and Ikenberry
are also appointed as Kyung Hee Eminent Scholars.
Their penetrating insights cover such current global issues as capitalism, the
impending critical turning point of human civilization, a cosmic approach to
AI and its standpoint in relation to humanity, and the North Korea weapons of
mass destruction crisis. In all, 20 lectures were offered in three thematic areas:
Humanity & Civilization, Peace & Global Governance, and Global Corporate
Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development.
Special lecture series on the turning point of civilization and future of Asia,
Professors Zizek and Tucker gave lectures on July 5 and 11 at the Crown
Hall titled, “Asking Global Intellectuals: Shift of Civilization and Future of Asia.”
They emphasized that, in order to overcome the intractable challenges facing
humanity today such as climate change, natural disasters, and war refugees,
for instance, we must start by imagining the Universe, Earth and humanity
as one: recognizing the global consciousness and the resultant global community.
On July 12, Professor Tucker’s “GC Special Lecture Series” was held in
Gwacheon National Science Museum. The lecture consisted of showing
of a documentary titled “Journey of the Universe,” written by Professors
Tucker and Brian Thomas Swimme of the California Institute of Integral Studies,
that follows the origin of the Universe from the Big Bang event through
the evolution of the Solar system, how the Earth and Moon came about,
and eventually the evolution of human beings. The film was awarded the 2012
regional Emmy in Northern California/San Francisco for best documentary.
In the Q&A session that followed Professor Tucker emphasized on having a broad,
cosmic perspective on life. She said, “Since humanity was made with elements
that had been created in the Big Bang, it is reasonable to say that we were created
in the Universe. As a member of the Universe, therefore, we can together dream
of and create a better future in which we can all be happy.”
Yutnori, Hanbok tryouts, DMZ visits, and other diverse Korean cultural
In addition to intensive advanced lectures the GC also provides various
cultural programs. After the conclusion of the lecture programs on July 22,
cultural experience activities will be on for another week. This year's
itinerary for participating international students includes visits to the DMZ and
the Joint Security Area, TV stations, water parks, Korean Folk Village, music
programs, meetings with celebrity Kyung Hee alums, and theatrical performance.
Internship opportunities at Korean companies and non-governmental organizations
for attending students will also be furnished in August 2016.
On July 2, a tour of Seoul was held before the start of the GC. Participating
students learned about Korean culture and tradition such as Yutnori
(traditional Korean board game), Korean calligraphy, Hanji craft (traditional
Korean paper), Hanbok tryouts (traditional Korean clothes), and others.
The Global Collaborative Summer Program was first established in October 2005
through an collaborative institutional agreement between Kyung Hee University
and the University of Pennsylvania. Since the program started in 2006, more than
500 students and citizens every year join the program as an international avenue
of communication and connectedness that transcends borders and barriers.
The program offers field-oriented diverse experiences that raise awareness on
pressing global issues, leading to the creation of a better future. This year’s
program was joined by some 490 students from 29 countries.