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Upcoming Lectures

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.


Sep 17
2014

Globalized Local Sounds - World Music in China

Mr. Mu Qian will discuss a Chinese understanding or concept of “world music."


Presenter(s): Mu Qian, Chinese Performing Arts Curator, Ethnomusicologist, and Writer
Time: 12 pm
Venue: Pond Room, Michigan Union (map)

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Sep 24
2014

The Linguistics of Music: Analyzing Chinese Musical Concepts

Professor Tien will discuss linguistic means of analyzing aesthetic and cultural concepts written about music. This is part of CIUM's Chinese Arts and Culture Festival.


Presenter(s): Professor Adrian Tien, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore
Time: 12 pm
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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Sep 25
2014

New Sounds of Ancient Music: Multiple Interpretations of Traditional Chinese Music Culture

Professor Ye will examine a couple of case studies to discuss multiple interpretations of traditional Chinese music culture. This is part of CIUM's Chinese Arts and Culture Festival.


Presenter(s): Ye Guohui, Professor and Chair of the Department of Composition, Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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Sep 26
2014

Ink Painting as Case Study: Combining Traditional Elements with Contemporary Practices

Professor Pan Gongkai will present his art practices in seeking alternative ways of combining the contemporary and the traditional as the trend of new ink rises in China and internationally. This is part of CIUM's Chinese Arts and Culture Festival.


Presenter(s): Professor Pan Gongkai, China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing
Time: 4 - 5:30 pm
Venue: Pendleton Room, Michigan Union (2nd floor) (map)

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Oct 01
2014

Why Is Chinese So Redundant?

It is widely accepted that many Chinese words seem redundant because Chinese has too few syllables and too many homophones, and disyllabic words can avoid ambiguity. This lecture will show that, despite its plausibility, the orthodox is wrong.


Presenter(s): San Duanmu, Professor of Linguistics, University of Michigan
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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Oct 22
2014

Journey to the East: An Adventure in Theatre

In the West, we are somewhat familiar with Chinese opera and acrobatic troupes. But what about contemporary Chinese theatre and its makers? How do we access the plays that entertain and touch audiences in the East? And how can we develop further cultural dialogue?



Presenter(s): Jonathan Man, Theatre director
Time: 12 pm
Venue: Vandenberg Room, Michigan League (2nd floor) (map)

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Oct 24
2014

Hong Kong's Instrumental Voices: Conversations with Three Composers and their Recent Works for Chinese Instruments

This presentation will discuss three compositions for Chinese instruments by Chan Hing-Yan, Joshua Chan, and Ng Cheuk-yin.


Presenter(s): J. Lawrence Witzleben, Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Maryland
Time: 5 PM
Venue: Burton Memorial Tower, Room 506

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Nov 01
2014

Folk Song Singing and Music Composition in the 21st Century China

Awarding winning composer and scholar Dr. Zhao Fang will explain the characteristics of Chinese folk songs and their performance and composition practices in contemporary China. This lecture seeks to enhance audience appreciation of the songs to be presented by Ms. Hao Dandan and Dr. Liu Liu.


Presenter(s): Dr. Zhao Fang, Dean and Professor of Music Composition, School of Arts and Music, Renmin University
Time: 5 pm
Venue: Henderson Room, Michigan League (3rd Floor) (map)

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Nov 05
2014

Class Education Exhibitions: Mnemonic Politics and Embodied History

Dr. Kusnetzky will discuss the exhibitions of cultural workers in the era of Chinese Marxism.


Presenter(s): Lara Kusnetzky, Ph.D., Wayne State University
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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Nov 20
2014

Demonic Soundscapes: Sound and Community in Ming Court Plays on Erlang and Nacha

Professor West will discuss several plays in the Ming court reportoire on the demons Erlang and Nezah.


Presenter(s): Stephen West, Foundation Professor of Chinese, Arizona State University
Time: 4 PM
Venue: Henderson Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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Dec 03
2014

Folksong King: Connecting People and Places in Contemporary China

Professor Gibbs will discuss how Wang Xiangrong has used songs to represent the region and connect it to other places, including Michigan.


Presenter(s): Levi S. Gibbs, Asistant Professor, Dartmouth College
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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