FPRI was pleased to offer a special one-week study program for a group of 30 secondary social studies teachers — 7 days in South Korea. Teachers experienced South Korea through a combination of academic study and travel within the country, and studied the Korean War and the sixty-plus years since the war. Participants also toured historic sites and gained a better understanding of Korean culture. From Seoul in the northwest to Gyeongju in the southeast, participants experienced a real immersion into life in Korea. From the DMZ to Buddhist Temples to early historical sites, participants got an intimate view of Korea.
The program was led by Mark Peterson and Paul Dickler. Peterson is Associate Professor of Asian and Near Eastern Languages, Brigham Young University, where he teaches Korean language, literature and history. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in East Asia Languages and Civilization and directed the Fulbright Program in Korea from 1978 to 1983. Dickler is Associate Director of FPRI’s Wachman Center, a retired social studies teacher of 30 years’ experience, and an avid traveler (including many study trips to South Korea). He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Education.