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.
Health Management as a Chinese Cultural Practice
As part of the international conference "Health Management: Connecting China to the US," three health practitioners from China will discuss various subjects on health management in China.
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.
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.
Tang Dynasty Music Sources and Their Interpretations
This lecture will discuss notational systems in Tang Dynasty music sources for several musical instruments and their interpretations by Chinese and international musicologists.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Folk Song Singing and Music Composition in the 21st Century China (Canceled)
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.
Class Education Exhibitions: Mnemonic Politics and Embodied History (Canceled)
Michigan Students’ Musical Adventure in Beijing
Megan Hill and Evan Ware will share their experiences at the first annual Music Confucius Institute (MCI) summer camp at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in July of 2014.
Demonic Soundscapes: Sound and Community in Ming Court Plays on Erlang and Nacha
Folksong King: Connecting People and Places in Contemporary China
I Sing Chinese 我唱中国歌
CIUM singers and guest singers from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance will perform a selection of popular Chinese and non Chinese songs. The repertoire includes 荷花颂, 草原之夜, 牧歌, Come L’allodoletta and more.
Theatre, Nightlife, and Literary Adventure in Nineteenth- Century Beijing
The lively world of Beijing opera continues to be a productive source of inspiration for Chinese and foreign literary and cinematic imagination. That this inspiration remains so powerful, despite the dwindling number of aficionados, is testament to the energy that at one time animated scenes both on- and off-stage and in-between—energy that was both social and aesthetic. Responding to recent theory concerned with the performativity of social life, particularly within history and gender studies, Dr. Wu and Dr. Stevenson will discuss important lessons from the Chinese experience that will enrich the study of history and theatre more generally.
The Literary Adventures of Silver in Early Modern China
Popular anecdotes and fictional narratives from seventeenth-century China reveal some of the ways silver and the objects whose value it represented and contained were imagined and depicted. Professor Kile will explore some written accounts of silver to show some of the ways people in the Ming Empire conceived of value.
Folk Song Singing and Music Composition in 21st Century China
Zhao Fang, an awarding winning composer of Chinese operas and scholar of Chinese folk and traditional music, will discuss the characteristics of Chinese folk songs and their performance and composition practices in contemporary China. This lecture seeks to help audience better understand the Chinese art, folk, and operatic songs.
Tang Dynasty Poetry for a Smartphone Age
David Porter will discuss and demonstrate "Tang Dynasty Poetry" mobile application he recently developed.
Heavenly Echoes: Musical Exchanges Between China and India
Chinese-Indian music symposium, workshop and recital
The Evolution of Libraries in China: From Book Storage to Information Access
Dr. Liu will present an overview of the history and current status of libraries in China.
From Ban Ca Chia to Pan-Asian Experimentation: The Place of Chinese Music in Southern Vietnamese Traditional Music
Presenter(s): Alexander M. Cannon, Assistant Professor of Music History, Western Michigan University
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League