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KPAC presents: Fred Carriere

341 Eggers Hall

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Encountering the West through Christianity:The Legacy of American Missionaries in Early Modern Korea Mr. Frederick Carriere is an adjunct professor of political science and PCI senior fellow of the Korean Peninsular Affairs Center in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. From March 1994 to October 2009, he was the executive vice president of The Korea Society (TKS) in New York City. Prior to joining the staff of TKS, he resided in the Republic of Korea for over twenty years between 1969 and 1993. For several years during that period, he worked as an editorial consultant and translator (Korean to English) for the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, and as an adjunct instructor in anthropology and Asian studies for the Far Eastern Division of the University of Maryland.   This lecture will explore how American missionaries offered Koreans an alternative pathway to personal and national renewal that eventually created a deeply embedded linkage between Christianity and modernity that is one of the most distinctive aspects of Korean Christianity. The lecture will be illustrated with photographs taken by American missionaries in late 19th and early 20th century Korea. These historical images illustrate how modern institutions and values were forged in the crucible of encounters that transformed both the Americans and the Koreans who always were close collaborators in the implantation of Christianity in Korea. Refreshments will be served.


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