Dr. Michael Pettid offers new perspectives on the women of the Chosǒn Dynasty (1392-1910) and their roles in Confucian society. Known as a traditionally male-dominated culture, the Chosǒn Kingdom limited the roles of women in politics, education, and leadership. Using several ancient texts, Dr. Pettid will provide insights into the dynamic and sometimes misunderstood position of women of the time.
Dr. Richard Shek, professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento, will introduce Neo-Confucianism and its impact throughout Asia. An expert on Chinese and Japanese Confucianism, Dr. Shek will cover the importance of Confucianism and its role in the nations in which it took root. He will also offer his perspective on the role of Neo-Confucianism in Korea in both pre-modern and contemporary times.
In a lecture given at The Korea Society on Thursday, February 10, 2011, Dr. Charles K. Armstrong, director of Columbia University’s Center for Korean Research, explores the history of conflict—and sometimes cooperation—between North and South Korea from the time the two contemporary Korean states were established in 1948 until the present day.
The presentation is the first in The Korea Society’s 'Korea In-Depth' series, a program of lectures by noted scholars on the history, politics, art, literature, and architecture of Korea.
On November 2, 2010, Dr. Jin Young Choi, professor of American literature (emeritus) at Jungang University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spoke at The Korea Society to secondary social studies and language arts teachers as part of the New York City Department of Education’s After School Professional Development Program Korean History through Literature. Dr. Choi introduced Korean literature that deals with the Korean War, including One Woman’s Way, a collection of her columns published in the Korea Herald, The Naked Tree, written by Pak, Wan-so, and The Red Hill written by Ha, Geun-chan. As a survivor of the Korean War, Dr. Choi shared her vivid memories and experiences of the Korean War and emphasized that the Korean War, which is often called as the forgotten war, needs to be remembered and taught in a meaningful way.
Jin Young Choi taught at the University of North Carolina for five years before becoming a professor of American literature at Chung-Ang University in Seoul. She was president of the American Studies Association in 2000. She is a graduate of Seoul National University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.