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.
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.
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
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
Demonic Soundscapes: Sound and Community in Ming Court Plays on Erlang and Nacha
Folksong King: Connecting People and Places in Contemporary China