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Summer School with Globally Eminent Scholars

2017-03-13 | 관리자

 

Summer School with Globally Eminent Scholars

 

On July 4, 2016, world-renowned scholars and global policy makers such as 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.” 

 

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Yutnori, Hanbok tryouts, DMZ visits, and other diverse Korean cultural experience opportunities
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.

 

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