The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan welcomes all students, faculty, and the community to attend its lectures. Eminent scholars will discuss various topics on Chinese arts and culture. Some lectures are presented in conjunction with performances.
Xiqu Productions in China since 1978
Professor Li will examine how the xiqu productions in the mainland of China were presented after the Cultural Revolution in China.
Hong Sheng's The Palace of Everlasting Life: Dramatic Literature, Oral Performance, and Recent Productions
This lecture will discuss Hong Sheng's (1645-1704) "The Palace of Everlasting Life" (1688), a masterpiece of Chinese drama and a favorite show on kunqu stages.
The Potent Eunuch: The Story of Wei Zhongxian
Focusing on Wei Zhongxian (1568-1627) and others from the Ming and Qing, this talk will address key questions that lurk in the portrayal of eunuch.
Engaging Aliens: Ming “Inward Imperialism” and the Construction of the “Great Wall on the Chu Borderland”
This talk seeks to explore the cultural meaning of the Great Wall on the Chu Borderland, examining how the Ming government perceived and constructed the cultural and ethnic identity of their political entity along the Han-Miao borderlands.
Chinese Cinema - The Tradition and the New Trend
Professor Tan Ye will discuss three major traditions that fostered the Chinese cinema and then analyze the new trends that appeared during the economic boom of the last decade.