UD-PKU Scholar Series Featuring History of Shanghai

The Confucius Institute cordially invites campus and community audience to the annual UD-Peking University Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series on Tuesday November 13, 2018..

Professor Guanghong Chen (陈广宏教授) will give a talk on the An International Metropolis: Shanghai in Perspective (上海的历史与今天).

Dr. Guanghong Chen is Professor and Director of the Chinese Classics Research Institute at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. A renowned Chinese literary historian, Dr. Chen has published hundreds of scholarly works on Chinese classical literature in the 13th to 18th centuries. Dr. Chen was a recipient of the prestigious New Century Excellent Talents Fund from the Ministry of Education in China. He is also a visiting professor at many institutions of higher education including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

English interpretation will be provided for this talk.

Date: Tuesday November 13, 2018
Time: 5:00-6:30 pm
Location: Sharp Lab 120

Direction and parking info for Sharp Labl: http://css-rdms1.win.udel.edu/maps/?find=NC03

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided before the event. The event is open to the public for free.

This event is co-sponsored by the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Confucius Institute.

China Town Hall 2018 on Tue. Oct. 9

The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware is in partnership with the National Committee on United-States-China Relations as one of the co-sponsors to present the 2018 China Town Hall program.

This year’s program will present:

Nationwide Webcast Keynote: Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security advisor

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC. From January 2005 to 2009, Secretary Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. She also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position. Read Secretary Rice’s full bio.

The CHINA Town Hall webcast will be organized by the National Committee and livestreamed at https://www.ncuscr.org/CTH at 6:00pm on Oct. 9. 

Local Keynote: Dr. Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

Dr. Cunningham is a writer and historian of modern China. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine (PhD, 2014), her work has appeared at the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. She is the co-author (with Jeffrey Wasserstrom) of the third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, published by Oxford University Press in spring 2018. Read about Dr. Cunningham.

The theme title of Dr. Cunningham’s talk is “Connections Made and Lost: Twenty Years of Social Media on the Chinese Internet”.

Webcast Moderator: Stephen A. Orlins
President of National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

“The National Committee is proud to partner with a wide range of institutions and community groups, including colleges and universities, world affairs councils, and trade and business associations to implement this program. The Committee would also like to thank its media partner SupChina for its help in promoting this year’s webcast. And of course, we thank our national webcast speaker, the Honorable Condoleezza Rice,” as well as our partners across the country, for sharing their insights.

Please mark your calendar:

Time: 5:00–7:00pm
Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Location:  Gore Hall 104, 114 The Green,
University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Direction and parking instructions see here: http://css-rdms1.win.udel.edu/maps/?find=NC36 

Light refreshments will be served after the event. The event is FREE to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Confucius Institute , co-sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures & Culture, the Center for Global and Area Studies and the Asian Studies program.

Celebrate Mid Autumn Festival with UDCI

The Confucius Institute cordially invite all students, faculty and the public to join us and celebrate the traditional Chinese Mid Autumn Festival on Thursday September 20, 2018. The event will feature a story telling of this widely celebrated holiday, Chinese instrument performances and traditional culture demonstration and the MOON CAKES! Please mark your calendar:

Mid Autumn Festival
Date: Thursday September 20, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: Gallery at Perkins Student Center
Address: 325 Academy St, Newark, DE 19716
Parking is available at the Perkins Student Center Garage.

Light refreshments and the MOON CAKES will be provided.
The event is FREE and open to the public. No registration needed. Just stop by and enjoy some good moments with friends.

Trip to Beijing Aug 9-13

On Aug. 9-12, the UDNSLIY students had a cultural trip to Beijing to visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City Palace. They also watched a Peking Opera performance and visited a local neighborhood, in addition to other cultural exploration activities. In doing so, the students had a better understanding of Chinese culture.

UDNSLIY students on the Great Wall.

In front of the Bird Nest, the 2008 Beijing Olympic site.

One of the UDNSLIY objectives is for its student participants to get to know about Chinese popular culture. On Aug. 12 we organized a special event by arranging for Mr. Wang Bin, one of the internationally and nationally renowned filmmaker, playwrighter, literary critic and novelists in China to discuss his films with the students. Mrs. Wang Bin, together with the famed film director Zhang Yimou, has produced such well-known films as “To Live,” “Judou,” “Raise the Red Lantern,” “Not One Less,” “Hero,” “Fearless.” After the film screening of “Fearless,” the UDNSLIY students had a lively discussion with Mr. Wang Bin about his films, particularly “Fearless.” It was an enjoyable program for the students.

On the morning of Aug. 13, the Public Affairs Office at the American Embassy in Beijing hosted a briefing (about one and a half hours) for the UDNSLIY students. The briefing had three components:

a. an overall view of the US-China relations
b. How to prepare for a career in foreign service
c. question-and-answer session

The UDNSLIY students enjoyed the briefing and some of them expressed interest in developing a future career in foreign service. They realized the importance of mastering a foreign language, which in their case, is Chinese. The briefing obviously had an impact on their motivation to continue to study Chinese beyond the program.