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。