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.

january

15jan12:00 pm- 1:00 pmAn Introduction to Contemporary Chinese Folk DancePresenter: Jin Ni, Lecturer, Academy of Dance, Jilin University of the Arts (Changchun, China)
24jan3:00 pm- 5:00 pmChinese Dance Workshop: Neotraditional Asian StylesInstructors: Jin Ni, Lecturer from Jilin University of the Arts, China & Yao Lei, Lecturer from Northeast Normal University, China
27jan12:00 pm- 1:00 pmA Gull between Earth and Heaven: Imagery in Traditional Chinese PoetryPresenter: Chen Zu-yan, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera, Binghamton University
31jan3:00 pm- 5:00 pmChinese Dance Workshop: Neotraditional Asian StylesInstructors: Jin Ni, Lecturer from Jilin University of the Arts, China & Yao Lei, Lecturer from Northeast Normal University, China

february

3feb12:00 pm- 1:00 pmA Smaller Dragon? Epochs in Chinese Movements into Vietnam and Their ConsequencesPresenter: John Whitmore, Research Associate, University of Michigan
7feb3:00 pm- 5:00 pmChinese Dance Workshop: Neotraditional Asian StylesInstructors: Jin Ni, Lecturer from Jilin University of the Arts, China & Yao Lei, Lecturer from Northeast Normal University, China
21feb3:00 pm- 5:00 pmChinese Dance Workshop: Neotraditional Asian StylesInstructors: Jin Ni, Lecturer from Jilin University of the Arts, China & Yao Lei, Lecturer from Northeast Normal University, China
24feb12:00 pm- 1:00 pmChinese Minzu Music and Dance: A Film PresentationPresenter: Lester Monts, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music, U-M

march

9mar5:30 pm- 6:30 pmUMMA Dialogue: Artist Xu Weixin and Confucius Institute's Joseph LamPresenters: Artist Xu Weixin and Confucius Institute's Joseph Lam
16mar12:00 pm- 1:00 pmGuanyin Reboot: The Culture of Remakes and the Transformation of TraditionPresenter: Yoosamu, Contemporary Korean Artist
18mar5:00 pm- 6:00 pmA.B. Marx, Hegel and the Challenge of Chinese Music HistoryPresenter: Professor Thomas Irvine, University of Southampton
23mar12:00 pm- 1:00 pmPopular and Rocking: 21st Century China’s Midi Music FestivalPresenter: Zhang Wuyi, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Industries, Jianghan University
30mar12:00 pm- 1:00 pmChanting Classical Chinese Texts as Literary-Musical TrainingPresenter: Mr. Zhang Weidong, Scholar & Performer of Kunqu
31mar5:00 pm- 7:20 pmHistory and Culture in Chinese and Greek FilmPresenters: Jing Zhang, New College of Florida & Vassiliki Rapti, Harvard University

april

4apr4:00 pm- 5:00 pmQueering the Ambiguity: Identity, Entertainment, and Politics in Chinese Popular MusicPresenter: Qian Wang, Lecturer, School of Literature and Journalism, Yibin University