Park to present Luther College Religion Forum lecture March 14

'Justice and Values in a Globalized World'

In the rapidly evolving world, it becomes necessary at times to stop and take stock of the most basic elements of society. Reflecting upon the values of the modern world and its concept of justice, Jin Park, associate professor at American University, Washington D.C., will present the Luther College Religion Forum Lecture, "Justice and Values in a Globalized World."

Park will question if those values only work to constrain us, if our concept of justice has been manipulated beyond its original purpose and if Buddhist-postmodern philosophy has anything to offer to help sort out these issues.

Her lecture, held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Park specializes in Buddhist philosophy, postmodernism, deconstruction, Buddhist ethics, Buddhist-postmodern comparative philosophy, and Buddhist encounter with modernity in Korea.

In addition to her position as associate professor in the philosophy and religion department at American University, she holds the position of Korea Coordinator in the Center for Asian Studies and Faculty Fellow in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Studies Center.

Park is a founding co-chair of the International Society for Buddhist Philosophy and a member of the board of directors at the American Academy of Religion.

She has published a number of book-length pieces, including "Buddhism and Postmodernity: Zen, Huayan, and the Possibility of Buddhist-Postmodern Ethics," "Comparative Political Theory and Cross-Cultural Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Hwa Yol Jung," "Buddhisms and Deconstructions" and "Makers of Modern Korea Buddhism." Park also co-edited the book "Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism" with Gereon Kopf, Luther associate professor of religion.

Park holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, a master's degree from New York University and a doctoral degree from SUNY Stony Brook.

Jin Park, associate professor at American University