Events 2018-02-20T17:10:20+00:00

Fall 2017 – Winter 2018

In an effort to promote Chinese arts and cultures, the Confucius Institute in conjunction with the University of Michigan hosts a wide variety of cultural events throughout the year. These include lectures, performances, exhibitions, and special presentations. Please see an event for detailed information.


20sep12:00 pm- 1:00 pmKunqu Singers and their Performance of Ci SongsLecture by Professor ZHOU Qin, Suzhou University, China
22sep7:00 pm- 9:00 pmSong Dynasty Ci Songs with Ming Qing Vocal Practices of Qu Aria (以歌曲之法歌词)Discussion with Professor ZHOU Qin, Suzhou University, China (Invitation only)
25sep - 29octAll DayArt Exhibition: Endi PoskovicA Solo Art Exhibition by Professor Endi Poskovic
26sep4:00 am- 5:45 pmExhibition Opening Talk & Reception: Endi Poskovic Presented by Professor Endi Poskovic
27sep12:00 pm- 1:20 pmVestiges of Snake Cults: The Banana Python (蕉蟒) and His SonsLecture by Professor Fan Pen Chen, SUNY-Albany
29sep5:00 pm- 6:30 pmElectric China: An Insider's StoryPresented by Helen Feng, Nova Heart Lead Vocal
30sep7:00 pm- 9:00 pmElectric China: Explorations of the Beijing Musical Underground An evening of electronic music with NOVA HEART​,​ one of China´s biggest indie bands and SHAO, Beijing´s most prolific techno artist​​; ​visuals ​by Wang Meng


25sep - 29octAll DayArt Exhibition: Endi PoskovicA Solo Art Exhibition by Professor Endi Poskovic
4oct12:00 pm- 1:20 pmLights, Camera, Patriotism: The Politics and Production of China’s Contemporary Action CinemaLecture by Professor John Berra, Renmin University of China
6oct7:00 pm- 9:00 pmDuckweed 乘风破浪 (2017)Film Screening: Fantasy/Drama, 1h 42m
7oct1:00 pm- 4:00 pmChinese Calligraphy Workshop #1Instructed by Xiwen Sheng
11oct12:00 pm- 1:20 pmChinese Food and Female Characters in Late Imperial Chinese NovelsLecture by Professor Yan Liang, Grand Valley State University
13oct7:00 pm- 8:50 pmThe Summer is Gone 八月(2016)Film Screening: Drama, 1h 46m
20oct7:00 pm- 8:50 pmTrivisa 树大招风 (2016)Film Screening: Crime/Drama, 1h 37m
25oct12:00 pm- 1:20 pmThe Amazing Molihua: Culture and Meaning of China’s Most Well-known FolksongLecture by Professor Frederick Lau, Ethnomusicologist and Professor, University of Hawai’i
27oct7:00 pm- 9:00 pmSOULMATE 七月与安生 (2016)Film Screening: Drama/Romance, 1h 50m


1nov12:00 pm- 1:00 pm“Nothing About Us Without Us”: Engaging Persons with Disability in My Work of Confucius InstitutesLecture by Kathryn Johnson, Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University
3nov7:00 pm- 9:00 pmXUANZANG 大唐玄奘 (2016)Film Screening: Biography/Adventure, 1h 30m
4nov1:00 pm- 4:00 pmChinese Calligraphy Workshop #2Instructed by Xiwen Sheng
5nov12:00 pm- 2:00 pmMind-Body Awareness: Traditional Chinese Kung Fu Philosophy and Practice with Grandmaster Sam F.S. ChinKung Fu Workshop with Grandmaster Sam F.S. Chin
10nov7:00 pm- 9:05 pmWOLF TOTEM 狼图腾 (2015)Film Screening: Drama/Adventure, 2h 1m
15nov12:00 pm- 1:00 pmA Journey to Making an Ideal ViolinPresented by Mr. Jiang Feng, Violin Maker
17nov4:00 pm- 5:00 pmThe Way of QinLecture by Professor Shuishan Yu at the Northeastern University, Boston
18nov7:00 pm- 8:30 pmGuqin Music - The Dancing Crane and Homage-paying Geese (鶴舞鴻賓)Performance by Shuishan Yu, Fourth Generation Mei'an School Guqin Player


1dec - 311:00 amdec 31- 11:55 pmHappy Holidays! (No Events in December 2017)


17jan12:00 pm- 1:00 pmExploring Parallel Engagements in Contemporary Chinese Art WorldNoon lecture by ZHANG Fang, Writer and Art Historian
20jan - 20febjan 208:00 amfeb 20Between Past and Future: Wang Qingsong 1999-2006Art Exhibition of WANG Qingsong
24jan4:00 pm- 5:00 pmArt Talk and Reception in Honor of Wang QingsongReception and Meet the Artist, WANG Qingsong
31jan12:00 pm- 1:00 pmThings Endure While We Fade Away: Tao Yuanming on Being HimselfNoon lecture by Michael Ing, Indiana University


20jan - 20febjan 208:00 amfeb 20Between Past and Future: Wang Qingsong 1999-2006Art Exhibition of WANG Qingsong
3feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmEast and West: A Recital of Vocal Music with PianoVocal Concert, Featuring Jie Wang and Jinsheng Zhang
7feb12:00 pm- 1:00 pmOn ‘Bad’ Chinese Food: Reflections on Sweet-and-Sour PorkNoon lecture by Miranda Brown, U-M
9feb10:00 am- 4:00 pmHistory of Chinese Food in AmericaFood Conference with Chinese Food Connoisseurs and Historians
16feb11:00 am- 1:00 pmChinese New Year Celebration 2018 Food, games, door prizes, and more!
21feb12:00 pm- 1:00 pmThe Encyclopedic “I”: Zhang Han (1510 - 1593) Views the World from RetirementNoon lecture by Philip Kafalas, Georgetown University
21feb4:15 pm- 6:00 pmA Tale of Two CitiesA conversation with Artist Wang Qingsong, Prof. Tang Xiaobing and Dr. Jeffrey Javed


7mar12:00 pm- 1:00 pmPerforming Bandung: China’s Dance Diplomacy with India, Indonesia, and Burma, 1953-1962Noon lecture by Emily Wilcox, U-M
21mar12:00 pm- 1:00 pmArt, Political Metaphor, and the “Birthday” Narrative Structure of "Outlaws of the Marsh"Noon lecture by Professor Liu Zhiwei, Zhengzhou University, China
21mar6:15 pm- 9:00 pmClosed-Door Seminar (By invitation only)Seminar with Dr. Wang Qian and Liu Feng
27mar4:00 pm- 5:00 pmWriting Roman History in China in the First Half of the Twentieth CenturyCo-sponsored lecture by Professor Jinyu Liu
30mar7:00 pm- 9:00 pmTutu《涂图》Dance Performance by Hou Ying Dance Theater


4apr12:00 pm- 1:00 pmStudy and Appreciation of Guan Yao Porcelain of the Ming DynastyNoon lecture by JIANG Jianxin, Jingdezhen Institute of Archeology
6apr4:30 pm- 7:00 pmMusical Border-crossing Projects Along the Silk Road: Different Imaginaries, Different GroovesDistinguished Speaker lecture by Rachel Harris, SOAS University of London