Lectures and Symposia 2018-01-02T11:19:17+00:00

Lectures and Symposia

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.


20sep12:00 pm- 1:00 pmKunqu Singers and their Performance of Ci SongsLecture by Professor ZHOU Qin, Suzhou University, China
22sep7:00 pm- 9:00 pmSong Dynasty Ci Songs with Ming Qing Vocal Practices of Qu Aria (以歌曲之法歌词)Discussion with Professor ZHOU Qin, Suzhou University, China (Invitation only)
26sep4:00 am- 5:45 pmExhibition Opening Talk & Reception: Endi Poskovic Presented by Professor Endi Poskovic
27sep12:00 pm- 1:20 pmVestiges of Snake Cults: The Banana Python (蕉蟒) and His SonsLecture by Professor Fan Pen Chen, SUNY-Albany
29sep5:00 pm- 6:30 pmElectric China: An Insider's StoryPresented by Helen Feng, Nova Heart Lead Vocal


4oct12:00 pm- 1:20 pmLights, Camera, Patriotism: The Politics and Production of China’s Contemporary Action CinemaLecture by Professor John Berra, Renmin University of China
11oct12:00 pm- 1:20 pmChinese Food and Female Characters in Late Imperial Chinese NovelsLecture by Professor Yan Liang, Grand Valley State University
25oct12:00 pm- 1:20 pmThe Amazing Molihua: Culture and Meaning of China’s Most Well-known FolksongLecture by Professor Frederick Lau, Ethnomusicologist and Professor, University of Hawai’i


1nov12:00 pm- 1:00 pm“Nothing About Us Without Us”: Engaging Persons with Disability in My Work of Confucius InstitutesLecture by Kathryn Johnson, Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University
15nov12:00 pm- 1:00 pmA Journey to Making an Ideal ViolinPresented by Mr. Jiang Feng, Violin Maker
17nov4:00 pm- 5:00 pmThe Way of QinLecture by Professor Shuishan Yu at the Northeastern University, Boston


1dec - 311:00 amdec 31- 11:55 pmHappy Holidays! (No Events in December 2017)


17jan12:00 pm- 1:00 pmExploring Parallel Engagements in Contemporary Chinese Art WorldNoon lecture by ZHANG Fang, Writer and Art Historian
31jan12:00 pm- 1:00 pmThings Endure While We Fade Away: Tao Yuanming on Being HimselfNoon lecture by Michael Ing, Indiana University


7feb12:00 pm- 1:00 pmOn ‘Bad’ Chinese Food: Reflections on Sweet-and-Sour PorkNoon lecture by Miranda Brown, U-M
9feb10:00 am- 4:00 pmHistory of Chinese Food in AmericaFood Conference with Chinese Food Connoisseurs and Historians
21feb12:00 pm- 1:00 pmThe Encyclopedic “I”: Zhang Han (1510 - 1593) Views the World from RetirementNoon lecture by Philip Kafalas, Georgetown University


7mar12:00 pm- 1:00 pmPerforming Bandung: China’s Dance Diplomacy with India, Indonesia, and Burma, 1953-1962Noon lecture by Emily Wilcox, U-M
21mar12:00 pm- 1:00 pmArt, Political Metaphor, and the “Birthday” Narrative Structure of "Outlaws of the Marsh"Noon lecture by Professor Liu Zhiwei, Zhengzhou University, China
21mar6:15 pm- 9:00 pmClosed-Door Seminar (By invitation only)Seminar with Dr. Wang Qian and Liu Feng
27mar4:00 pm- 5:00 pmWriting Roman History in China in the First Half of the Twentieth CenturyCo-sponsored lecture by Professor Jinyu Liu


4apr12:00 pm- 1:00 pmStudy and Appreciation of Guan Yao Porcelain of the Ming DynastyNoon lecture by JIANG Jianxin, Jingdezhen Institute of Archeology
6apr4:30 pm- 7:00 pmMusical Border-crossing Projects Along the Silk Road: Different Imaginaries, Different GroovesDistinguished Speaker lecture by Rachel Harris, SOAS University of London