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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. 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. 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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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 08
2014

Labor Codes: The Construction of 'Cheap Asian Labor'

This talk examines how media discourse about the issue of Chinese sweatshop labor reinforces the ideological, social, and material basis on which fashion labor markets are segmented.


Presenter(s): Minh-Ha Pham, Assistant Professor in Media Studies, Pratt Institute
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Venue: Koessler 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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Dec 03
2014

The Evolution of Libraries in China: From Book Storage to Information Access

This talk is an overview of the history, growth, and current status of libraries in China.


Presenter(s): Mengxiong Liu, Ph.D., San Jose State University
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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