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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.


Jan 23
2015

Theatre, Nightlife, and Literary Adventure in Nineteenth- Century Beijing

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.


Presenter(s): Professors Wu Cuncun and Mark Stevenson
Time: 2 - 6 pm
Venue: Anderson D, Michigan Union, 530 S. State St.

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Jan 28
2015

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.


Presenter(s): S.E. Kile, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, U-M
Time: 12 p.m.
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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Feb 04
2015

Tang Dynasty Poetry for a Smartphone Age

David Porter will discuss and demonstrate "Tang Dynasty Poetry" mobile application he recently developed.


Presenter(s): David Porter, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, U-M
Time: 12 p.m.
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League

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Feb 13
2015

Lasting Echoes: Musical Exchanges Between China and India

Chinese-Indian music symposium and concert


Presenter(s): Liu Yuening, Wang Xiaodun, Shumaila Hemani, and Bonnie Wade
Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Venue: Vandenberg Room, Michigan League and Stamps Auditorium

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Mar 11
2015

Kunqu Singing and Composition: Theory and Practice

Theories and Practices of Traditional Kunqu Aria Composition


Presenter(s): Zhu Jiyun, Kunqu composer
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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Mar 18
2015

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

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Mar 25
2015

Displacements: Stamps Faculty in Beijing

Presenter(s): Guna Nadarajan, Cynthia Pachikara, Heidi Kumao, and Jim Cogswell, Stamps School, U-M
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Venue: Vandenberg Room, Michigan League

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Apr 01
2015

Chinese Chime-Bell Designs and Roles: A Cultural and Historical Survey

Presenter(s): Professor Li Youping, Wuhan Conservatory of Music
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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Apr 08
2015

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.


Presenter(s): Mengxiong Liu, Professor and Librarian, San Jose State University
Time: 12 p.m.
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League

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Apr 13
2015

How to Promote More Openness and Freedom in Chinese Studies

Presenter(s): Liu Dong, Professor of Chinese and Philosophy at Tsinghua University, China
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor)

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Apr 15
2015

History, Inheritance, and Transition of Chinese Qin Music since the 20th Century

Presenter(s): Zhang Huaying, Associate Professor of Musicology, Central Conservatory of Music
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Venue: Henderson Room, Michigan League (3rd floor)

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Apr 17
2015

A French Jesuit in the Middle Kingdom: Joseph-Marie Amiot (1718–1793) and his Writings on Chinese Music

Presenter(s): Professor Stewart Carter, Wake Forest University
Time: 4 - 5:30 pm
Venue: Vandenberg Room, Michigan League

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