Korean expert to lecture at Mary Baldwin

February 5, 2001

Dr. John Sommerville, professor emeritus of history at Hannam University in Taejon, Korea, will speak on “The Implications of Peace for the People of the Korean Peninsula,” Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Mary Baldwin University’s Miller Chapel.

Dr. Sommerville is an alumnus of Presbyterian College and Columbia Theological Seminary. He earned a master’s degree in oriental philosophy from the National Confucian University in Seoul, Korea, and a Ph. D. in East Asian history and languages from Harvard University. He has lived in Korea since 1954 and was a faculty member of the College of Liberal Arts of Hannam University from 1968 – 1994. Sommerville was granted the status of Professor Emeritus of History in 1994. His special interests include: participation in the founding and development of a church related Korean university, teaching and researching East Asian culture-related themes, campaign for the liberation of prisoners of conscience, the internationalization of learning, and the quest for peace, reconciliation, and reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

This lecture is sponsored by Mary Baldwin University’s Philosophy and Religion department and the department of Asian Studies.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women–the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership–as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.