From the “Big History” of the Universe to the “Big Story” of Humanity!
Where did we come from, where are we now, and where are we headed for? In modern times, the spirit of scientific exploration has led us to search for answers to the origin of the Earth and the evolution of life. However, the achievements of the scientific revolution did not lead to a political revolution. Although industrial civilization is at its peak, individuals are assailed and dwarfed by anxiety and fear while society is turning into a risk society with pressure from capital and enterprises. Individual states and international society are creating conflicts from their failure to share universal values such as justice, equality, and peace. Adding to this is the disturbance of the ecosystem as represented by climate change.
The academic world’s pessimistic view that “nothing is certain but uncertainty” is spreading out. Nonetheless we should not leave this abandoned. Imagination and discovery are not only right, but also the responsibility of scholarship. We must turn uncertainty into the basis for hope. We must sublimate this unprecedented chaos in the history of civilization into a great transformation for better human beings and a better civilization. “Big history” offers us an entirely new point of view. We must rediscover our place in the vast flow of time and space and write our big story together in the process.more
Our collective intelligence which penetrates the uncertainty should create a “big history” for the future of humanity. This is the reason that Kyung Hee University has decided on “Cosmic Humanity and Public Practice” as the main theme of the Peace BAR Festival 2014, celebrating the 33rd anniversary of the UN International Day of Peace. This year’s Peace BAR Festival opens with Kyung Hee’s advanced competence in space science, which succeeded in launching Korea’s first miniaturized satellite CINEMA into space for space exploration. A public observation event will be held for Kyung Hee members, alumni, and communities at the Astronomical Observatory located on the Global Campus, followed by Opening ceremony and roundtable.
The UNAI ASPIRE forum, an open interdisciplinary symposium with professors of the university, and a book talk led by students as well as the Creative Works Contest will add to the significance of this year’s festival. A “big story,” which imagines a new future of human beings and civilization, is before us. The Peace BAR Festival 2014, which transcends the boundary between the sciences and the humanities, will open a “big history” for the future of humanity.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Peace BAR Festival in commemoration of the 33rd International Day of Peace will be different from previous years. From the “big history” view of humans and civilization, there will be a time to remind ourselves of how the International Day of Peace was created and what it means to us. There will be events for the voluntary participation of professors, students, and staff for Kyung Hee’s “big story” on top of the tradition of “Scholarship and Peace.”
Cosmos, Humanity and Civilazation:
The Future of Humankind through a vision of the Universe
Where did we come from, where are we now, and where should we head for? In connection to the campus symposiums (Sept. 18), the 2014 PBF Roundtable will gather scholars and experts of diverse fields within and outside the university for a new perspective on humans and civilization. Cosmology from the east and the west will meet, and the talk between the humanities and the natural sciences on the views on humans will be a time of a feast of convergence studies.
Creative Works Contest
This year’s Peace BAR Festival encourages the voluntary participation of all Kyung Hee members. The Creative Works Contest calls for not only creative individuals but also various genres. Having a cosmic vision is mandatory for individuals as well as the development of the community of universities.
PBF 2014 Symposium
Professors from Seoul and Global Campuses get together for a disciplinary debate on this year’s main theme. This interdisciplinary symposium will be held at both campuses for an open discussion, transcending the boundary between the humanities and the natural sciences. It will open up new horizons for convergence studies and gather productive ideas on the construction of better universities.
Open Astronomical Observation
Successfully launching Korea’s first miniaturized satellites, the open Astronomical Observation will be held in celebration of the PBF 2014. The Astronomical Observatory will be open to all faculty members, students, staff, alumni, and public for imagination and exploration into the space. Understanding the space leads to understanding humans and life.
UNAI ASPIRE Kyung Hee Peace Forum
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Students and relevant leaders of Korean universities that are members of UNAI, which promotes higher education, get together for an in-depth discussion on “world peace through education.” Students will seek roles and responsibilities in realizing a sustainable global common society, and create a video message based on the ideas gathered at the forum. The video message will be delivered to UN Secretary-General.
This event is co-hosted by Humanitas College of Seoul and Global Campuses and ARETE, an open study group for students. Participants will be shown video clips and writings on this year’s main theme to redefine humans and the world from a cosmic context. Following Rector Doh Jung-il’s special lecture, there will be a time of open discussion among the rector and students. The Book Talk is a new icon leading Kyung Hee’s reading culture.