Confucius Institute Events to Explore China’s Culture

China’s breathtaking mountains, graceful visual arts and historic emergence from a feudal past are all subjects to be explored during Chinese Culture Week.   

Visiting Chinese scholars will shed light on their country’s cultural and aesthetic traditions in a series of events organized by the UT Dallas Confucius Institute.

Delivering the first lecture will be Chinese cultural scholar Kam Louie, dean of the Faculty of Arts of the  University of Hong Kong.  Louie will discuss “Confucius in China and Abroad” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall.

Louie is President of the Hong Kong Academy of Humanities and a Fellow of the Australian Humanities Academy. He has published more than 10 books, which include Theorising Chinese Masculinity: Society and Gender in China and The Politics of Chinese Language and Culture.

Other events for the week include an exhibition of Chinese landscape photography, screening of a film that examines the Xinhai Revolution, a calligraphy demonstration and a Q&A session with Dr. Chen Jun from Yangzhou University.

The complete schedule is as follows:

Nov. 7-11
Photo Exhibition: “Mountains of China”
Ongoing, Jonsson Performance Hall Lobby
Members of the North Texas Asian Photographers Association display photography of the Chinese landscape.

Thursday, Nov. 10
Lecture: “Confucius in China and Abroad”

7:30 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall
The guest lecturer is Professor Kam Louie, dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Hong Kong.

Friday, Nov. 11
Chinese film: 1911 Revolution – Fall of the Last Empire
7:30 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall
This movie, starring Jackie Chan, offers an artistic chronicle of the Xinhai Revolution, which began in 1911 and eventually brought an end to China’s last feudal dynasty. There will also be a short presentation about the historical aspects of the film will precede the screening.

Saturday, Nov. 12
Confucius Salon: The Aesthetics of Confucian Analects and Chinese Everyday Life
4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Confucius Institute, JO 5.504
Dr. Chen Jun, associate professor at Yangzhou University, China, will present the aesthetic ideals of The Analects and their impact on daily Chinese daily behavior.

Monday, Nov. 14
Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Demonstration
7 p.m., Chinese Experience Wall, fourth floor, Jonsson Building.
A mini-workshop on will demonstrate how to create different styles of Chinese calligraphy and painting.

The Confucius Institute was established in 2007 to develop a mutually beneficial relationship between UT Dallas and China Three Gorges University, and to enhance understanding of Chinese language and culture.

The week's plans include a calligraphy and painting demonstration.

A photography exhibit showcases the remote beauty of China's mountains.

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