Director’s Note

Greetings! Thank you for your interest in the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CIUM).

Launched in November 2009, CIUM promotes the understanding of Chinese arts and cultures on the U-M campus in Ann Arbor and its vicinities, reaching out to a wide range of university and community participants. CIUM is not only an integral component of former president Coleman’s China Initiatives but also a critical part of the University’s efforts to advance the arts in its internationalized educational programs.

To foster informed and creative dialogues by artists, scholars, students, and community members, CIUM presents to Ann Arbor a diversity of Chinese artistic activities and expressions, which include, for example, performances of traditional and contemporary music and theatre, exhibitions of paintings, calligraphy and other visual arts by contemporary artists, international and interdisciplinary conferences, and multinational and multi-generational comparisons of world arts and cultures.

I invite you to attend all of our exciting events. Please feel free to check out videos of many of our past lectures and performances. And as always, your ideas and inquiries are welcome at

Joseph S C Lam
Director of CIUM
Professor of Musicology
School of Music, Theatre and Dance