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Korean Lectureship

A private source of support has provided resources to Calvin for an ongoing Korean lectureship, which brings Korea-focused speakers and performers in the arts to campus.


Dr. Young-Gil Kim, April 10, 2012
Dr. Jinhee Lee
, March 13, 2012
Dr. Hyaeweol Choi,   April 12, 2011
Dr. John S. Park, March 15, 2011
Dr. Wayne Patterson, March 29 and 30, 2010
Dr. Sang Lee, October 6 and 7, 2009
Dr. Rebecca Kim, March 3, 2009
Dr. Young-Gil Kim, February 11, 2009
Dr. Donald N. Clark, November 20, 2008

Dr. Young-Gil KimDr. Young-Gil Kim
The Mission of Christian Higher Education: The Case for a Korean Christian University
On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 3:30 p.m., Dr. Young-Gil Kim will speak in the Commons Annex Lecture Hall. Dr. Kim is the founder and president of Handong Global University (HGU), established in 1995 in Pohang, Korea. Since then he has nurtured HGU to what it is today with his educational philosophy based on cross-border, multi-disciplinary, and whole person education with a global perspective. Prior to becoming president of HGU, Dr. Kim was a professor of material science and engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology for fifteen years. He earned his PhD in material science and engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Dr. Jinhee LeeDr. Jinhee Lee
The Enemy Within: “Malcontent Koreans” within the Japanese Empire
On Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 3:30 p.m., Dr. Jinhee Lee, associate professor of history at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL will speak in the Chapel Multipurpose (Undercroft) Room.  Dr. Lee received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois and will speak to us regarding her research surrounding the riots in the aftermath of the 1923 earthquake in Japan and the  killing of many Koreans in Tokyo.  Presented by the Hubers Asian Studies program and supported by the Korean Lectureship Series.


Dr. Hyaeweol Choi 
Dr. Hyaeweol Choi is a professor of Korean studies and director of the Korea Institute at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.  Dr. Choi received her BA and MA from Yonsei University in Korea and her PhD from SUNY Buffalo.  She taught at Smith College, University of Kansas, and Arizona State University before joining the faculty at Australia National University.  Her latest book, entitled Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways (University of California Press,2009) examines the genealogies of the “modern” woman among American Protestant missionaries and Korean intellectuals within the context of Korea’s colonization by Japan at the turn of the twentieth century.  Dr. Choi is the recipient of a 2010 Fulbright research award to support her new book project tentatively entitled A Transnational History of Women in Korea. Dr. Choi will discuss the encounters between Koreans and American protestant missionaries in colonial Korea (1910-1945)and show that what it meant to be a modern Korean woman was deeply bound up in such diverse themes as Korean nationalism, Confucian gender practices, images of the West and Christianity, and growing desires for selfhood.

April 12, 2011
“Christian Modern Womanhood in Korea”


Dr. John S. Park, March 15, 2011
John S. Park is a scholar in the 18th and 19th century German theology and Christian ethics. After he completed his undergraduate work in South Korea, he came to the States for further studies in theology at Fuller and Princeton Theological Seminaries and received a doctoral degree from the Claremont Graduate University. Since 1997 he has taught theology and ethics at Haggard School of Theology in Azusa Pacific University. He also worked as the Asian Program director at the school. Currently, as special advisor to the president of the university, he travels extensively to Asia to promote Christian higher education as an integral part of being a responsible citizen of God's kingdom in the 21st century.  Dr. Park will discuss the tensions on the Korean Peninsula between North and South Korea.

March 15, 2011
“Why the Korean Peninsula?”

waynepatterson Dr. Wayne Patterson, visiting professor at UC-Berkeley, specializes in the history of East Asia. His undergraduate degree in History is from Swarthmore College. He holds two masters degrees-one in History and one in International Relations-both from the University of Pennsylvania. His Ph.D., also from the University of Pennsylvania, is in International Relations, with a concentration in modern East Asian history. Additionally, he has lived, taught or attended universities in Taiwan, Japan and Korea. The recipient of four Fulbright Fellowships, Dr. Patterson has authored or edited twelve books on modern Korean and Japan, and is the recipient of the Donald B. King Outstanding Scholar Award. He has been a visiting professor at a number of universities. In the United States, these include the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Kansas, the University of Maryland, the University of South Carolina, Vanderbilt University, the University of Chicago and Harvard University. Abroad, Dr. Patterson has held visiting professorships at the University of the Philippines, Korea University, Yonsei University, and Ewha University.

March 29, 2010 lecture
The Beginning of Korean Immigration to the U.S.
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March 30, 2010 lecture
The Chinese Attempt to Dominate Korea in the Late 1800s
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sangleeA native of Korea, Dr. Sang Lee graduated from the College of Wooster, Harvard Divinity School, and Harvard University Graduate School with a Ph.D. in 1972. After teaching at Hope College from 1970 til 1980, Dr. Lee joined the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary where he still is the K.C. Han Professor of Systematic Theologoy. An internationally recognized authority on Jonathan Edwards, Dr. Lee's representative publication is The Philosophical Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Princeton University Press, 1988.) His book on Asian American Theology will be published by Fortress Press in 2010.

October 6, 2009 lecture
The End for which God Created the World: The Basic Framework of Jonathan Edwards Theology
October 7, 2009 lecture
The Christian Vocation of Aisan Americans and the Christian Vocation of all Christians
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rebeccakimRebecca Kim received her Ph.D. in Sociology at UCLA. She is now teaching at Pepperdine University in Malibu and is the director of its Ethnic Studies Program. She has researched and published books on topics related to immigration, religion and ethnicity. Her book, God's New Whiz Kids? Korean American Evangelicals on Campus focuses on second-generation Korean Americans, who make up the majority of Asian American evangelicals-from integrated, mixed race neighborhoods-to create racially segregated religious communities on campus. Kim illuminates an emergent "made in the U.S.A." ethnicity to help explain this trend, and to shed light on a group that may be changing the face of American evangelism.

whizkidsMarch 3, 2009 lecture
God's New Whiz Kids? Korean American Evangelicals on Campus
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Dr. Young-Gil Kim is the President of Handong Global University in Pohang, South Korea. He is a former professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. President Kim received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering in 1972 from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Kim worked as a research scientist for seven years in the U.S., working for NASA for three of those years. Not only excelling in the field of academics, President Kim holds fifteen patents in science and engineering in the U.S., Korean and Japan. he is a two-time winner of the NASA Tech Brief Award at Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio and received the Presidential Medal for Scientific Achievement in 1982. Dr. Kim was listed in the book of "500 Leaders of Influence" in 1998.

February 11, 2009 lecture
New Directions for Higher Education in the 21st Century
*Note: This lecture was canceled due to illness.


Dr. Donald Clark is a specialist on Korean affairs, drawing on experience that began with his childhood in Seoul growing up as the son of Presbyterian missionaries. He graduated from Seoul Foreign School in 1961 and returned to Korea after college in the United States for Service in the Peace Corps. Clark earned his Ph.D. in East Asian History at Harvard University. In the course of his academic career he has lived in and visited Korea many times, as a Fulbright Fellow, exchange professor, and participant in many conferences. Clark is the author or editor of various articles and books. His latest books are entitled Living Dangerously in Korea, 1900-1950 and Modern East Asia, a college text co-authored with Conrad Schirokauer. He is currently a professor of History and co-director of East Asian Studies at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

November 21, 2008
Historical Problems in the Study of Foreign Missionaries in Modern Korea