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Trena Gillette Memorial Lecture Series

An annual lecture focusing on Korea and Asian Studies

 

The Trena Gillette Memorial Lecture honors PSU '93 alumna, Trena Gillette, and her pursuit of education, enthusiasm for learning, and keen interest in Korean and Asian Studies.


The next lecture is planned for Spring, 2015.

Trena Gillette (1965-1993) was a student at Portland State University in the late 1980s and early 1990s, who majored in International Studies with a focus on East Asia. In April 1993, after a 13-month battle with cancer, Trena passed away at the age of 27, just two months shy of her anticipated graduation in June. While she did not live to participate in her graduation, in June 1993, she was awarded PSU’s first posthumous degree.

In 1994, Trena's mother, KimHee McKinney, together with friends of both Trena and her mother established the Trena Gillette Memorial Endowment Fund to support Korean Studies at PSU.

In 1998, the decision was made to dedicate this fund to support an annual lecture series focusing on Korea and Korean Americans, in honor of Trena and her deep interest in both.

Through the generous gifts in memory of Trena Gillette made by her mother, friends and the community, Trena’s legacy continues to enrich PSU and the Portland community through this annual lecture series.   

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2014

May 9, 6:00 PM 
Confucianism and Society in Modern East Asia: The Case of Korea

by Dr. John B. Duncan, Director, Center for Korean Studies, and Professor of Korean History, UCLA
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Past lectures in this annual series:

2012
Korean Picture Brides and Korean Immigration in the Early 1900s
Dr. Wayne Patterson, St. Norbert College 
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2011
Constructing a National History of Korea:  One for the 20th Century, another for the 21st
Dr. Mark Peterson, Brigham Young University

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2009
North Korea as History and Policy
Dr. Carter Eckert, Harvard University

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2008
Chinese Conceptions of ‘Right’: From Mencius to Mao – and Now
Dr. Elizabeth Perry, Harvard University

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2005
The Future of Asian Americans in the U.S.
Senator Paul Shin, Washington State Senate

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2004
Art of the Goryeo Period
Dr. KumJa Paik Kim, Curator of Korean Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

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2003
The Centennial of Korean Immigration to the United States (1903-2003)
Dr. Wayne Patterson, St. Norbert College

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2002
Changes in the Lifestyles of Korean Women as an Index of Social Progress
Dr. In-Ho Lee, President of the Korea Foundation

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2001
Politics and Nation in Korean Popular Culture
Dr. Michael Robinson, Indiana University

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2000
Gods, Shamans and the IMF:  Contemporary Encounters with the Korean Spirit World
Dr. Laurel Kendall, Curator of the Asian Ethnographic Collections for the American Museum of Natural History

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1999
From Confucianism to Christianity:  the Transformation of Korean Religion
Dr. Donald Baker, University of British Columbia

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1998
Korean Studies:  The Gulf between the American View and the Korean View
Dr. Mark Peterson, Brigham Young University