The James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching across the university community on issues related to Korea. Endowed by a generous gift from Mr. James Joo-Jin Kim in 2011, the Program (originally established in 1997 as Center for Korean Studies) advises the university on Korea-related initiatives, sponsors conferences and lectures by invited speakers, awards grants to faculty members and students, hosts visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows, and undertakes community outreach effort toward a better understanding of Korea.
The Center for the Study of Contemporary China (CSCC) was established in 2012 at the University of Pennsylvania to advance Penn’s leadership in programs, research, and scholarship about the political, legal, economic, and social factors shaping China and its role in the world today. The Center sustains and extends the University’s work on and partnerships in China, providing an institutional home for campus-wide collaboration among departments, programs, institutes, faculty and students at Penn engaged in work pertaining to contemporary China. Activities include conferences, roundtables, and a speaker series. The Center also provides support for faculty and graduate student research and hosts visiting international scholars and prominent public leaders.
Taking inspiration from a central pillar of Penn President Amy Gutmann’s landmark Penn Compact, PFJ follows the Compact’s emphasis on integrated knowledge to champion a new approach to Japanese studies. We hope to promote a new vision of Japan in three ways. First, we view Japanese history, culture and society not through the lens of a distinctive national culture but in ways that demonstrate how Japan, past and present, has echoed, shaped and been shaped by global developments. Second, we challenge traditional disciplinary boundaries by integrating Japanese studies across Penn’s numerous schools and departments and between the humanities, social sciences and professional concerns. Finally, we seek to integrate new technologies in the Japanese studies classroom. In collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for East Asian Studies, the Penn Forum on Japan not only guarantees a significant place for Japan among Penn’s global initiatives. It hopes to set a new standard for on-campus activities and community outreach and help refashion Japanese studies for the twenty-first century.
The Center serves as a valuable resource and vibrant gathering place enhancing learning and research opportunities to the benefit of Penn’s faculty, students, alumni and friends in China. Through its consulting programs, it will also support Chinese executives and others in acquiring the practical skills and perspectives that will help them successfully lead their organizations in a global context.
When its doors open in Spring 2016, Perry World House will be a home for Penn’s global activities, a gathering place for students and scholars to engage on issues of international concern, and an interdisciplinary research center designed to translate academic work into innovative approaches to global challenges.
World House will serve the Penn community as a catalyst, a connector, and a communicator for international research, teaching, and engagement.
Perry World House will catalyze:
international engagement at Penn through conferences, seminars, and related events.
global conversation on Penn’s campus through interdisciplinary, university-wide thematic discussions for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students.
faculty and student research on issues of international concern through a range of grants, fellowships, and partnerships.
Perry World House will connect:
the university with the global community by bringing leading scholars and policy makers from around the world to Penn’s campus.
faculty with their peers at institutions around the world.
students with critical international affairs challenges by turning our classrooms into global labs.
Perry World House will help communicate:
- the internationally-oriented research being done at Penn with policy communities in Washington and around the world.