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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 22
2014

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.


Presenter(s): Professor Guo Qing, Professor Yong Bao, and Dr. Rong Xiang
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (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 25
2014

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.


Presenter(s): Professor Zhao Weiping, Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Time: 4 - 5:30 PM
Venue: Room 706, Burton Memorial Tower

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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 (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.


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 (Canceled)

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 05
2014

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.


Presenter(s): Megan Hill & Evan Ware, Ph.D. Candidates at the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, U-M
Time: 12 - 1 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 Nacha.


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, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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Dec 14
2014

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.


Presenter(s): CIUM Singers
Time: 3 PM
Venue: Forum Hall (4th Floor), Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Ave. (map)

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Jan 23
2015

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.


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: Henderson Room, Michigan League (3rd floor) (map)

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Jan 31
2015

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.


Presenter(s): Dr. Zhao Fang, Dean and Professor of Music Composition, School of Arts and Music, Renmin University
Time: 4 - 5:30 PM
Venue: Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

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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

Heavenly Echoes: Musical Exchanges Between China and India

Chinese-Indian music symposium, workshop and recital


Presenter(s): Liu Yuening, Wang Xiaodun, Shumaila Memani, and Bonnie Wade
Time: 9:30 - 4 p.m.
Venue: Henderson Room, Michigan League & Stamps Auditorium

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Feb 25
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): Dr. Mengxiong Liu, Librarian, San Jose State University
Time: 12 p.m.
Venue: Koessler Room, Michigan League

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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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