[KS] Jin Y. Park running for At-Large Member of the AAR

Timsanglee at aol.com Timsanglee at aol.com
Wed Sep 26 15:55:34 EDT 2012

Dear  Colleagues,
This  post may be of special interest to those of us who study Korean 
Religions,  especially those of us who have membership with the American Academy  
of Religion.

On  September 24, the AAR has started online election for next year's 
officers for  its Board of Directors, to be chosen from a slate of candidates 
provided in an  e-mail sent to AAR members in good standing. On the slate is a 
name that may be  familiar to many of us who are in the field of Korean 
Religions, especially  Korean Buddhism: Dr. Jin Young Park. Jin currently serves 
as cochair of the  Korean Religions Group of the AAR, and is running for 
the position of At-Large  Director. As her fellow cochair of the Korean 
Religions Group, I would like to  make a shameless plug for Jin's candidacy.

Dr.  Park is Associate Professor of Asian Religion and Philosophy at 
American  University in Washington, D.C. (PhD from SUNY at Stony Brook), and is  
author/editor of five books on Buddhism, especially in the Korean context,  
including Makers of Modern  Korean Buddhism (SUNY,  2010), Buddhism and  
Postmodernity: Zen, Huyayan, and the Possibility of Buddhist Postmodern  Ethics 
(Lexington Books, 2010), and Buddhisms and  Deconstructions (Rowman & 
Littlefield, 2006). Dr. Park has been a  member of the AAR since 1996, and has 
provided invaluable services to the AAR  community, founding, along with her 
colleagues, the Zen Buddhism Seminar,  cochairing it during its first five 
years, serving on the steering committee of  the Buddhist Philosophy Group, in 
addition to co-chairing the Korean Religions  Group.

As  an At-Large Director, Jin will join the table where important decisions 
are made  for the AAR, giving voice to those of us who have not had a voice 
at that table  for a long time, if ever, especially those of who study 
Korean Religions. She  surely deserves your utmost consideration. Thank you.

Timothy  S. Lee
Associate  Professor of the History of Christianity
Brite  Divinity School (Texas Christian University)
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