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“The Islands of Seoul

Rhetoric, Culture, and the Human City”




Marc Shell

Professor of English Literature

Harvard University


Presented by:


Kyung Hee University

Kyung Hee Cyber University

The Asia Institute


Thursday, December 18

7 PM




Kyung Hee Cyber Univesity

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Moderated by
Yoojin Jung
Senior Researcher
The Asia Institute  


Marc Shell, Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University, presents his insights into the cultural significance of the islands of Seoul and how they have served as to create a unique urban space. The seminar commemorates the recent publication of Professor Shell’s book Islandology: Geography, Rhetoric, Politics from Stanford University Press.

MARC SHELL, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow, is the Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. He is also Professor in the university’s undergraduate Literature Concentration and the graduate program in History of American Civilization.

Marc Shell was born in Québec in 1947. As an undergraduate, he studied English Language at McGill University (Montréal) and History at Trinity College (Cambridge). He received a BA in English Language & Literature and also in Social Thought & Institutions from Stanford University (1968).  He has an MA (1972) and PhD (1975) in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Before coming to Harvard University, Professor Shell taught in the Department of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1974-1986). His administrative duties at Harvard have included chairing the Literature Concentration and the Department of Comparative Literature. Professor Shell co-founded Harvard’s summer schools in Olympia (Greece) and Cascais (Portugal). More recently, he has taught during summers at Harvard’sSummer School in Venice (Italy). During the 2007-09 academic year terms, when classes at Harvard were not in session, Professor Shell was scholar-in-residence, for one week each, at three institutions: Nanjing Normal University (Nanjing, China), the City University of New York (Brooklyn, NY), and the United Arab Emirates University (Al Ain, United Arab Emirates). Professor Shell is Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Center for the Environment.


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The 1st East Asia Youth Leadership Forum


“Creative Responses to the Challenge of Climate Change”


December 20th & 21th 


The next generation is facing the challenges and opportunities born of a rapidly globalizing world, climate change and the rise of the Internet. It is in this context that Kyung Hee Cyber University and The Asia Institute will host a forum exclusively for teenagers from Korea, and throughout East Asia, in which they can gather to discuss in earnest the various issues that the world faces, and while interacting with renowned experts in related fields, come up with their own proposals for a better world for themselves and future generations. This unique event can serve as a critical moment in their lives, a stepping stone as they set forth to become global leaders. Continue Reading