고광림 (Kwang Lim Koh)         Founder

 

고광림 박사, Kwang Lim Koh, SJD, (1920-1989)

 

Kwang Lim Koh (LLM and SJD, Harvard Law School, and Ph.D., Political Science, Rutgers University), was the founder of Korea Institute (former name of East Rock Institute) and a scholar and diplomat. Dr. Koh served in 1960 as acting Ambassador from South Korea to the United States, and in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, he headed the South Korean missions to the United Nations and to the United States.

A native of Cheju, South Korea, he came to the United States in 1949 after graduating from and served as the youngest faculty member at what is now Seoul National University Law School. In the United States, he earned five postgraduate degrees, including master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard Law School, a master’s and a doctorate in political science from Rutgers and a doctorate in second law degree in common law from Boston College. After teaching at Boston University Law School, Yale Law School, and Hofstra, he joined the faculty of Central Connecticut State University as Director of the Center for Area and Interdisciplinary Studies in 1966 and was as Professor of Political Science for 23 years.

Dr. Koh was the author of 15 books in Korean including the first textbook of American Studies in Korea, the American Review (9 volumes), books on the British and French government and U.S. presidential elections, as well as numerous scholarly articles. As part of his lifelong efforts to promote academic and cultural exchange between the United States and East Asia, he served as president of the Korean Institute. Dr. Koh’s pioneering and devoted contributions to ERI reflected his effort to promote democracy in Korea and the reunification of North and South Korea.

 



전혜성 (Hesung Chun Koh)         Co-founder and Chair

 

전혜성 박사, Hesung Chun Koh, Ph.D.

 

현 동암문화연구소 이사장, Yale 대학교 비교문화연구소 명예 연구부장, 서울생 (Ph.D. Boston University, 사회학/인류학).

Dickinson College 에서 경제학과 사회학을 전공하였다. Yale Law School, Yale University , Boston University에서 강의 하였으며 Yale 비교문화연구소 HRAF 연구부장으로 재직 하였다. 한국 문화를 비교문화 연구에 참여할 수 있도록 1960년대 한자, 한글, 가나등 비 로마자를 컴퓨터 코드화하며 사회과학 이론을 적용한 비교문화 정보체계를 개발 하였으며 미국 대표로 유네스코 세계정보체계 회의에 참석 또 일본 국립민족학 박물관과 국제 일본 문화센타 객원 교수로 활동하는 등 한국 문화와 한국학 선양에 힘썼다. 1952년 남편 고 고광림 박사와 Korea Institute (한국 연구소)를 설립, 미국에 한국과 동양의 문화와 전통을 소개하는 일을 시작하였다. 현재 1985 년 한국연구소를 계승한 동암문화연구소 (East-Rock Institute)의 차세대 지도자 양성 프로그램을 통해 과거 60여년 간 젊은 지도자 양성 및 한미간 문화외교에 헌신하였으며 여러상을 수상 받았고 그중 에는 미국 커네티컷 주지사상 (2003), 대한민국 국민훈장 석류장 (2007) 등을 수여하였다.

Dr. Hesung Chun Koh is Co-founder, Chair and President Emerita of East Rock Institute (ERI) 1952-to date, is also Director Emerita, Research and Development / East Asian Research, at the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University, where she designed and developed the HRAF Cultural Information System (HACIS). Dr. Koh has taught at Yale Law School and Yale University, Boston University, and Albertus Magnus College (1958-1988). She was Visiting Professor at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan (1979-80, 1996-97), and at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan (1998-99). Dr. Koh is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Order of Civil Merit, the highest honor bestowed on a civilian in the Republic of Korea, and the Connecticut Governor’s Award. Dr. Koh was born in Seoul, Korea, was educated at Dickinson College (B.A. Economics and Sociology) and Ewha Womans University, received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology and Anthropology at Boston University and did post-doctoral work in Chinese studies at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. In 1952, with her late husband, Dr. Kwang Lim Koh (Political Science and International Law professor, and diplomat), Dr. Koh established the Korea Institute, which became East Rock Institute In 1986 of which she became the chair and president. For over 60 years, Dr. Koh has provided leadership to ERI and has spearheaded numerous programs to promote cultural understanding between the United States, Korea, and Korean Diaspora communities.

Dr. Koh is the author of several books, including Authentic Leadership in a Multicultural Society, Women’s Authentic Leadership, and Meaningful Aging (in Korean) translated and published in Japan and China (in Peking and Taipei in 2006 and 2007). She edited Korean Diaspora: Central Asia, Northeast Asia and North America (translated in Japanese and Published in Tokyo, 2008) and is the founding editor-in-chief of the Korean and Korean American Studies Bulletin (1984-2009), the first and only journal on Korean American and Diaspora Koreans. She has also published several textbooks on Korean culture, analytical guides to Social Science Resources on Korea, Korean family and Kinship, and Korean and Japanese women, and developed the teaching website on Korean traditional culture (www.instrok.org).

As an artist of Asian brush painting, Dr. Koh has held several solo art exhibits in Kyoto, Seoul, and Connecticut.

Dr. Koh has served as a member of the National Research Council/US National Academy of Science and as the US Representative from the Social Science Research Council to the World Information System at UNESCO. She was a delegate at large to the US National Women’s Conference in 1977, a member of the White House Committee on Observance of the International Women’s Decade, and a speaker at the World Women’s Forum. Dr. Koh has served in a wide range of professional, educational, community organizations including as first chair of the Committee of Korean Studies of Association for Asian Studies (1968-70), chair of the Wilson Center Korean Studies Task Force, member of the Board of Ordained Ministry of United Methodist Church New York Conference, and First Lady of the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. in 1960.

Dr. Koh is the mother of six children, four of whom are professors, three of whom were deans, and two of whom served in senior positions in the Obama Administration (Howard Kyongju Koh, as Asst. Secretary of Health, and Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser to U.S. State Department under President Obama, and Assistant Secretary of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor under President Clinton). She has eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

 

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