ICAS Annual Liberty Award Dinner
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.

Professor Martin Meyerson
ICAS Distinguished Fellow
President Emeritus and University Professor
University of Pennsylvania

December 12, 2006 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Sheraton University City Hotel
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that Professor Martin Meyerson has been nominated for the ICAS Annual Liberty Award 2006 for his “outstanding scholarly achievements and distinguished humanistic leadership advancing the great American values; Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness” and we are exceptionally privileged with an uncommon opportunity to honour him this evening right here in Philadelphia; the home of Benjamin Franklin, one of our Founding Fathers and one of America’s greatest citizens.

Martin Meyerson, the President of the University of Pennsylvania from the summer of 1970 to early 1981, is now President Emeritus and University Professor Emeritus. He is a member of boards or councils of Penn's Institute for Research on Higher Education (chair), Friends of the Library (chair), the University Press (chair for a dozen years), Mahoney Institute of Neurosciences, and the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. He headed the program and the policy review group of the University's Fels Center of Government for over a decade, until 1996. With the former Penn Trustees' chairman, he was co-chair of the University's 250th Anniversary, which was celebrated throughout 1990 and included a national public television series on the changing globe after the cold war.

When the building for the University's Graduate School of Fine Arts was named Meyerson Hall by the Trustees, their resolution, recognizing his aim of "one university", read in part: "The extraordinary intellectual and physical integration of the University in which we take such pride is in a large measure a tribute to the leadership of Martin Meyerson". The chairman of the Trustees commented: "No one in the history of our institution has done so much to internationalize the University." During his presidency, his achievements included the union of separate units into a faculty of arts and sciences, initiating a living-learning system of college houses, undergraduate emphases including the freshman seminar program, developing a responsibility center budgetary and planning pattern with the academic deans and the University hospitals, remaking the University's physical center and conducting one of the largest academic fund drives in the country up to that time. The University has established the Meyerson Professorship of Urbanism in honor of the President Emeritus and his wife, Margy Ellin Meyerson.

Martin Meyerson received his B.A. from Columbia University's College, and his M.C.P. from Harvard (the Wheelwright Fellow). He holds 23 honorary ScD, PhD (h.c.), LLD, DFA, DHL, DHUM and D Litt degrees from universities and colleges in the United States, including Penn, and abroad from Shiraz University in Iran, Queen's University in Canada, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. He is an Honorary Professor at the National University of Asunción, and in China in 1996 became an Honorary Professor of Beijing's Peking University. For an honorary doctorate from Ohio State University in 1991, the citation read, "Scholar, author, educator, administrator, diplomat, and public servant, he has brought to each discipline an exceptional intellect and an enlightened leadership." A 1994 honorary degree citation emphasized his "lifelong commitment to teaching", and "to his students".

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society (and its executive committee), the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Academy of Education and an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is an Academician of the Acadámie Europáene des Sciences des Arts et des Lettres. Martin Meyerson was the special award recipient, for his theoretical and practical contributions, at a commemorative meeting of the American Institute of City Planners, of which he is a past governor, The Philippine Women's University established the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair for International Relations, citing the achievements of "that remarkable couple". Another recent citation read: "Herman Melville suggested that Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, was a Jack-of-all-trades and mastered all of them; one can match Franklin, Martin Meyerson as a successor to him at Penn certainly has come close."

Professor Meyerson has chaired the International Selection Commission for the annual Philadelphia Liberty Medal since its inception in 1988.


Synja P Kim
President and Chairman
ICAS Liberty Foundation

December 12, 2006

The ICAS Liberty Foundation


Professor Martin Meyerson

December 12, 2006 6:30 PM
Sheraton University City Hotel Fairmont-William Penn Rooms

Welcome and Introduction

Synja P Kim
ICAS Fellow, President and Chairman

Janice Lee
ICAS Volunteer

- Dinner -

Congratulatory Remarks

Professor Lawrence R Klein
ICAS Distinguished Fellow
Benjamin Franklin Professor of Economics Emeritus
University of Pennsylvania
Nobel Laureate

ICAS Annual Liberty Award 2006 Presentation

ICAS Liberty Lecture

Benjamin Franklin

Special Tribute
Yung Bae Yang
Largo al factotum from Figaro’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Boat song by Doonam Cho

Champagne Toast

Concluding Remarks

Sang Joo Kim
ICAS Senior Fellow and Executive Vice President


Floral arrangements from this Dinner will be donated to
Gwynedd Square Nursing Center Lansdale Pennsylvania

Host Committee

Synja P Kim

Honorary Chairs
Britton Chance
Shinae Chun
Becky N Dunlop
Lawrence R Klein
Jerome J Shestack
Alfred West
Steve Y Chung
Il Hwan Kim
Sang Joo Kim
Don E Lee
Paul H Park
Choon Ki Yoo
Youth Fellowship Winners
Bryant Chung
Julianna Haahs
Sean Halpin
Alex Kim
Jamie E Kim
Jennifer Kim
Nick Kim
Janice Lee
Joseph Lee
Jessica No
Jennifer Oh
Andrew Yi
Crystal Yoo
Jeff Yoo

ICAS Liberty Award Recipients
Britton Chance
Elaine L Chao
Viet D Dinh
Becky N Dunlop
Tony P Hall
Charles Kartman
Jeong H Kim
Lawrence R Klein
Harold Hongju Koh
James A Leach
Martin Meyerson
Jerome J Shestack
Richard L Walker
Alfred P West
John C Yoo

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