|Dr. Eugene Eung-Chun Park Mentors Young Scholars
This June marksthe third summer SFTS professor Dr. Eugene Eung-Chun Park will travel to Hong Kong to mentor junior scholars through theInstitute for Advanced Study in Asian Cultures and Theologies (IASACT). As a mentor in this six-week competitive program, which accepts junior scholars who are conducting research on a variety of topics in humanities and social sciences in the Asian Context, he will help the scholars refine and publish their articles.
The generous program provides attendees with paid travel expenses, room and board, money for additional travel and activities, and an academic scholarship. Each day, one scholar presents their work in progress in a seminar format for comments and discussion with peers and mentors. Outside of these scheduled seminars, scholars spend their time conducting individual research, writing, and meeting with their mentors.
Park first attended the Institute as a participant in 2004, and was connected to the program through Dr. Phillip Wickeri, a former professor of World Christianity at SFTS and a founding mentor of the IASACT. As a participant of the program, Park finished and published an article titled “Golden Rule in Matthew’s Soteriology: A Cross-Textual Reading,” which provides a comparison of the Golden Rule as it appears in Biblical and Confucius text.
In 2009, Park was invited to present an article at the Institute’s five-year reunion conference with the theme of Religion and Violence. He presented his article, “Rachel’s Cry for her Children: Matthew’s Treatment of the Infanticide by Herod,” an analysis of the political violence exerted by Herod through infanticide in the Gospel of Matthew. Park’s article will be published in the upcoming July 2013 issue of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
After Wikeri’s retirement from his post as mentor in 2011, IASACT invited Park to take his place. “It gives me a wonderful opportunity to meet with promising, bright young scholars and interact with them. And with social media these days, we are able to keep in touch even after the program is over.”
Park is looking forward to his upcoming trip to Hong Kong to work with and mentor these talented young scholars.