Cel­e­brat­ing the Chi­nese New Year of Mon­key

As our sig­na­ture event of the year, CIP hosted the annual Chi­nese New Year pro­gram on Feb­ru­ary 8 at Pur­due Uni­ver­sity. Attract­ing a great audi­ence from the Greater Lafayette com­mu­nity, this event pre­sented tra­di­tional per­for­mances such as kongfu, folk dances, songs, lion dances, and tra­di­tional foods spe­cially pre­pared by Pur­due cook­ing staff. See news reports by Pur­due Today and photo gallery by Pur­due Expo­nent.

For more photo gallery by Pur­due Uni­ver­sity mar­ket­ing and media, please go to New Year Gallery.

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Dr. Nicholas Braso­van gave lec­ture on Neo-​Confucianism

On Sep 22, at the invi­ta­tion of CIP, Dr. Nicholas Braso­van from the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas gave a lec­ture on “Eco­log­i­cal Mod­els and Envi­ron­men­tal Ethics in Neo-​Confucianism and Chi­nese Bud­dhism” in Pur­due. As Pur­due alum 2001 from Phi­los­o­phy and Chi­nese, Dr. Braso­van vis­ited the Chi­nese lan­guage classes and shared his expe­ri­ences learn­ing Chi­nese at Pur­due and how this expe­ri­ence helped him with his study abroad and work oppor­tu­ni­ties. Receiv­ing his Ph.D from Uni­ver­sity of Hawaii, Dr. Braso­van stud­ied Asian phi­los­o­phy and dis­cussed how ancient Chi­nese philo­soph­i­cal think­ing about humans and nature, par­tic­u­larly, the Neo-​Confucian ideas about rela­tion­ships between and among eco­log­i­cal sys­tems. More than 80 peo­ple inter­ested in ancient Chi­nese phi­los­o­phy attended this event with inter­ac­tive Q&A ses­sion. CIP hosts schol­arly lec­ture series on Chi­nese Stud­ies with the Chi­nese lan­guage pro­gram each semes­ter, and this one is the kick-​off talk on Con­fu­cian­ism and Bud­dhism from eco­log­i­cal and envi­ron­men­tal perspectives.

The 8th CIP Board of Advi­sors Meet­ing held at Pur­due

On June 29, CIP held the 8th Board Meet­ing at Hovde Hall, Pur­due Uni­ver­sity. In his open­ing remarks, Dr. Deba Dutta, Provost and Chair of CIP Board, said that Pur­due and SJTU were in strong rela­tion­ship and that CIP was widely sup­ported at Pur­due. Dr. Zhen Huang, Vice Pres­i­dent of SJTU and Vice Chair of CIP Board, empha­sized the value of CIP as a plat­form for pro­mot­ing campus-​wide col­lab­o­ra­tions between Pur­due and SJTU. Board mem­bers reviewed work reports by Dr. Wei Hong, Direc­tor of CIP and Dr. John Lay­ton, Direc­tor of LSC Con­fu­cius Class­room. The Board highly appre­ci­ated the won­der­ful per­for­mances of the Con­fu­cius Insti­tute and Con­fu­cius Class­room. In par­tic­u­lar, the Board con­firmed the impres­sive lead­er­ship of Dr. Wei Hong. The Provost pointed out that CIP could be a use­ful resource for involve­ment in all other cul­tures at Pur­due com­mu­nity. Dr. Wei Hong expressed her heart-​felt appre­ci­a­tion to Pur­due senior lead­er­ship, fac­ulty, schools and depart­ments for their con­tin­u­ous sup­port. The board agreed to add two new board mem­bers from the Kran­nert School of Man­age­ment and Pur­due Poly­tech­nic Insti­tute. The board decided that the next Board Meet­ing be held at SJTU on March 2016.

CIPAT show­cased sum­mer dance at Union

On June 7, the Con­fu­cius Insti­tute Per­form­ing Arts Troupe (CIPAT) per­formed at the Cul­tural Fes­ti­val Event hosted by Pur­due Stu­dent Union Board (PSUB) PMU front lawn. The per­form­ers included Pur­due Night Train,Clave Caribbean music band and other cam­pus orga­ni­za­tions. CIPAT actively par­tic­i­pates at com­mu­nity cul­tural events and tries to pro­mote Chi­nese cul­ture through dance and music.

Cel­e­brat­ing the 10th year anniver­sary of Maymester to China

May 2015, Pur­due, Ningbo Uni­ver­sity, Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­sity and Harbin Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy cel­e­brated the 10th anniver­sary of Maymester to China “Inter­cul­tural Team­work”, co-​developed and led by ME and SLC/​CIP, funded by Sohmen Endow­ment. “Inter­cul­tural Team­work” was first offered in Spring 2005 as a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort between ME and SLC (then FLL) as a two-​week Study Abroad course to Shang­hai, Bei­jing, Harbin and Ningbo, work­ing with Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­sity, Harbin Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and Ningbo Uni­ver­sity. About 220 Pur­due Engi­neer­ing and Lib­eral Arts stu­dents have ben­e­fited from this on-​site expe­ri­ence learn­ing about China includ­ing lan­guage, cul­ture, tech­nol­ogy and econ­omy. They also paired up with Chi­nese stu­dents learn­ing about their col­lege life and in return, under­stand the chal­lenges Chi­nese stu­dents face while they study at Pur­due. In addi­tion to this expanded knowl­edge about China, stu­dents also report actual place­ment ben­e­fit in job mar­ket as US employ­ers seek indi­vid­u­als with global expe­ri­ences. On the thank-​you din­ner and the 10th year cel­e­bra­tion, stu­dents from Ningbo and Pur­due showed off their tal­ents through com­edy, dances, instru­ment and songs. CIP has been sup­port­ing this course with per­son­nel, lan­guage and cul­tural orientations.