Jing Su, a Purdue Krannert graduate and former assistant at the Confucius Institute was one of the Schwarzman Scholars for the class of 2017 to 2018 at Tsinghua University. See Purdue news release here. Congratulations to Jing!
From Nov. 9 to Nov 10, invited by CI at Purdue University, Prof. Zuyan Chen and Prof. Hong Zhang gave talks on Confucianism in Indianapolis and Purdue, attended by students, faculty and high school Chinese teachers from Greater Lafayette area and Valparaiso University.
Speaking on “Succeeding with Confucianism”, Prof Chen pointed out that Confucianism, as an ancient thought and philosophy rather than a religion, as most may have perceived, has guided the ways Chinese define “success”. Confucianism value has been behind the perceived successful life: higher academic performance of East-Asian students, better test results of student groups taught in Chinese teaching style than those taught in English style, 99% college admission rate in Heng Shui High School and Jack Ma’s Alibaba story. Prof. Chen’s discussed his interpretation and translation of selected Confucian Analects with the example “学而时习之” was traditionally interpreted as a kind of learning habit “study and review from time to time”. According to Chen, what was meant from the Analects “practice what has been learned at due times” may reflect the essence of this particular quote.
Prof. Hong Zhang is a professionally trained soprano who initiated the teaching Chinese through songs in the US. Starting with similarities between singing and pronunciation, Prof Zhang emphasizes the techniques of singing may well help the learners’ correct pronunciation.
Her innovative workshop and the unique hands-on style attracted teachers and students from CIs in Indiana. A school teacher from Illinois drove 90 minutes to attend this event.
Directors of all CIs were pleased to share resources and exchange ideas at regional gatherings, and agreed that this kind of meaningful and effective collaboration should be continued.
2016年11月9 – 10日，应普渡大学孔院邀请， 纽约州宾汉姆大学陈祖言教授和张泓教授前来印第安纳州举办两场学术讲座和教师培训。
On April 13, our annual China Night event was successfully held at Sunnyside Intermediate School in Lafayette, attracting over 500 people from the local community. This large scale cultural event has been held every year since 2008 and has become an important activity for local residents. Sponsored by Lafayette School Corporation, the Office of Engagement at Purdue and the Confucius Institute, this event was a collaboration between Purdue Chinese Students and Scholars Association, local community and K-12 faculty and administrators. Games, foods, music and dances packed the hall with excitement and enthusiasm.
On Sept 23, to celebrate the Confucius Day, Purdue Convocations with co-sponsorship from CIP invited Shanghai Jingju company to present [Hamlet] for the first time in the US (Purdue University and Harris Theater in Chicago). Interactions between the artists and students included classroom demo on Jingju, its history, masks, music and instruments; costume design and materials. Inspired by Shakespearean classics [Hamlet], “the Revenge of the Prince” is performed in Jingju, or Beijing Opera, a classic combination of Western and Chinese art presentations. CIP has always believed in promoting Chinese language and culture to the general public and commits to bridging US and China friendship. This event was widely covered by local and Chinese media.
WLFI TV 18 News
Xinhua News 新华社
From May 11 to 25, CIP organized and co-taught the 11th Maymester course to China. As a name brand of CIP study abroad course, students visited Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Ningbo University and Shanghai Jiaotong University, and worked one-to-one with Chinese students to learn from each other on their culture and Chinese language. From performances, cultural excursions and campus visits, students bond quickly without borders and experiences great friendship and hospitality from our host institutions. Upon entering China, the immersion helps students understand the impact of studying abroad and thus expand their horizon globally.