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As Part of a Plan to Celebrate Its Centennial Year, CAU Invites Former US Vice President Al Gore as Special Lecturer

Name 관리자 Date 2017.06.27 Hit 415


Former US Vice President Al Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, paid a visit to Chung-Ang University (CAU) on June 1st, 2017 (Thursday) and delivered a special lecture from 3:50 p.m. at B501 of Centennial Hall (also known as Building 310).


Gore took part in Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity in the morning on the same day and visited CAU during the afternoon before leaving Korea to deliver the lecture under the title of “A New Future and Our Choices: Climate Change, Digital Revolution, and Globalization.” Gore served as the 45th vice president of the U.S. After leaving public life, Gore has travelled all over the world and raised the awareness of global warming–one of the gravest challenges that humanity faces. He wrote environment-related books such as Earth in the Balance(1992) and An Inconvenient Truth(2006), and due to his effort, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.


President Kim Chang-soo, Executive Director Cho Nam-suk, Provost Kang Tae-jung, Executive Vice President for Research Ryou Hong-sun, Executive Vice President for Administration Park Hae-cheol, and Vice President for Nursing Jo Gap-chul together with approximately 500 students participated in the special lecture. In addition, media outlets at home and abroad gathered and competed to cover this event. Dean Hwang Yoon-won of the Graduate School of Public Administration moderated this event which was live-streamed on YouTube by CAU’s broadcasting station, University Broadcasting Service (UBS).


President Kim said in his welcome speech, “We are experiencing the worst flood, more frequent typhoons, and extreme heat. And many say this is due to climate change. … I hope you get inspired and motivated from the champion of climate change today and become leaders who turn this challenge into an opportunity.”


Gore first expressed his appreciation to CAU for inviting him, saying that “It is a particular honor to take part in your centennial year celebrations, and it is wonderful to visit this beautiful campus.” Afterwards, Gore started his lecture with three questions. He said “There are only three questions that need to be asked about the climate crisis. Number one. “Must we change? Do we really have to stop using fossil fuels?” Number two. “Can we change?” And number three. “Will we change?””


Gore said during his lecture, “Let me tell you a quick story from my childhood when I was thirteen years old. I listened to President John F. Kennedy making a speech when he issued a challenge putting a person on the moon and bringing him back safely in ten years. And I remember adults in that day saying “That’s a terrible idea. It’s a waste of money. We probably won’t be able to do it anyway.” But eight years and two months later, Neil Armstrong set foot on the surface of the moon, and at the moment he did so, at NASA’s mission control in Huston, Texas, the average age of engineers was twenty six. … I hope that young people all over the world today pay particular attention to climate change and address issues caused by global warming.”


After the lecture, one CAU student named Park Jin-soo said, “Since I watched Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, in 2006, I always dream to be another Al Gore. And it was an honor to meet with former US Vice President Al Gore in person and ask him a question. I am hugely satisfied with today’s lecture since I was able to listen to his insightful response to my question.”

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