Confucius Institute hosts 2014 “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition
Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas held the 2014 “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for College and Secondary School Students on April 5th in Jonnson Performance Hall. Twenty two secondary school students and 5 college students showed their talents in language learning and passions in Chinese Culture in the fascinating and challenging competition. They are from Frisco Chinese School, Carroll High School, Highland park High School, Centennial High School,Wester Middle School, Hockaday School, St,Mark’s School of Texas, Central High School, D.Bell High School, Richland High School, Birdville High School, International leadership of Texas-Garland Middle School, International leadership of Texas-Arlington Middle School, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richland College and The University of North Texas.
Participants presented their Chinese proficiency through 3 sections centered on the theme of “Me and China”: speech, Chinese culture quiz, and talents show. After severe competition, prizes were carried away by the following students: Secondary school students: Chang Amei (First Prize), Bo Bo and Mao Lingang( Second Prize), Ting Mei, A Wei, and Ke Rui (Third Prize), Bo Bo (the Best Speech), Chang Amei( Best Performance), Mao Lingang( Best Creative); College students: Da Wei (First Prize), Zhang Ruolin and Shi Shanshan (Second Prize), Pei Kaili and Luo Keli (Third Prize).
The first prize winners will represent Confucius Institute at UT Dallas to take part in the South-America preliminary competition for the 13th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students and the 7th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students. They will be competing with students from 8 states, 21 Confucius Institutes, and 4 Cultural organizations for the qualifications to attend the final contest in China.
Confucius Institute Held the First Confucius Classroom Meeting in 2014
On March 21, 2014, Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas held its first Confucius Classroom meeting at 3pm-5pm in the Confucius Institute conference room. 10 Representatives from the UTD-Confucius-Institute-affiliated Confucius Classrooms and the Confucius Classroom coordinator, Chinese director and the assistant director of the Confucius Institute attended the meeting. Topics like how to operate a Confucius Classroom, how to design Chinese culture events for students, how to write budget plan and budget summary were covered.
So far, Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas has established 10 Confucius Classrooms in local schools. They are: Confucius Classroom at Lawrence Dale Bell High School, Confucius Classroom at Trinity High School, Confucius Classroom at Highland Park High School, Confucius Classroom at Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Confucius Classroom at Episcopal School of Dallas, Confucius Classroom at Westwood School, Confucius Classroom at Highland Park Middle School, Confucius Classroom at International Leadership of Texas High School – Garland, Confucius Classroom at International Leadership of Texas Elementary School – Garland, and Confucius Classroom at International Leadership of Texas Elementary School – Arlington.
The 10 Confucius Classrooms have played a great role in promoting Chinese language and culture in local DFW area.
Confucius Institute Held it’s the 41st Confucius Salon
The 41th session of Confucius Salon is presented jointly by a linguist and an artist at Confucius Institute on March 29, 2014. Dr. Wang Jinquan, professor of linguistics at Yangzhou University, China, gave a lecture on Chinese writing and calligraphy. Dr. Zhang Qianyuan, Chinese director of the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas and professor of art at Southeast University, China, presented on-the-spot demonstration of Chinese calligraphy.
After Professor Wang offered a general account of the past and present of Chinese writing and its evolution into different calligraphic styles of Chinese characters, Professor Zhang used brush work of various calligraphic styles to show how the formal beauty of Chinese calligraphy is actually created.
Confucius Institute sponsored UT Dallas students for academic conference
Three PhD students from the University of Texas at Dallas, Le Tang, Guozhong Duan and Bingfeng Yang, attended the Fourth Annual Transnational Asia Graduate Student (TAGS) Conference at Rice University, Houston on February 20-21, 2014. Their trip was sponsored by Confucius Institute at University of Texas at Dallas. All majoring in literary studies, the three students presented papers on topics of Germanization of Chinese philosophy, Chinese network literature and visuality in traditional Chinese fiction. Confucius Institute at UT Dallas has been known for its supports to Asian students and sponsorship on Chinese studies since its establishment. Numerous students and scholars have been benefited from various projects launched or sponsored by the institute.
Confucius Salon held its 40th session on Zen/Chan Buddhism
Confucius Salon held its 40th session on Zen/Chan through legends, poetry and art on March 1, 2014, jointly presented by Dr. Ming Dong Gu, director of Confucius Institute at UT Dallas and Professor Zhang Qianyuan from Southeast University, China and Chinese director of Confucius Institute at UT Dallas recently arrived at UT Dallas. Professor Gu gave a brief introduction to Zen Buddhism with legendary stories of Zen masters and interesting anecdotes from Zen/Chan tradition. Professor Zhang, a renowned artist and scholar on Fengshui and I Chang, demonstrated Chinese painting with Zen themes on the spot while Professor Gu answered various questions from the audience.
Professor Zhang’s finished art work is an imaginative representation of Master Hong Ren and Master Hui Neng, the fifth and sixth patriarchs of Zen Buddhism.
Confucius Institute demonstrated Chinese New Year ornaments in Festival of Nation in Coppell Public Library
Chinese New Year Celebration 2014
Chinese New Year Celebration 2014 (the year of the horse) was held at Clark Center at the University of Texas at Dallas on February 8, 2014. Students from HEB ISD, ILTexas-Garland Elementary School, UNT, Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas Modern Chinese School, QD Chinese School, Highland Park Middle School, Tianyi Language Learning Center, Hockyday School, ILTexas-Garland High School, Westwood School and UTD presented 15 programs including song and dance, cross talk and mini-drama. With the help of their Chinese teachers, the students successfully combined their Chinese language skills with interesting performances. An audience of over 500 participated in the celebration and many of them were parents and friends of the children who presented their Chinese shows on stage for the first time. The celebration was organized and sponsored by Confucius Institute at UT Dallas with the help of Chinese teachers in Dallas/Fort Worth area. Confucius Institute has presented Chinese New year celebration every year since the establishment of the institute in 2007, but it was the time that all the programs were prepared and presented by American Chinese learners.
Confucius Institute presents series of cultural events in its annual Chinese Culture Week from November 18 to November 22.
Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas started its annual “Chinese Culture Week” on Monday, November 18, 2013, focusing on traditional Chinese medicine. To enhance cultural diversity of the university, a series of activities will be presented on campus including lectures, demonstrations, movie screenings and Chinese food exhibition. The opening lecture was presented by Xu Rupei, a diligent promoter of traditional Chinese medicine and doctoral student of computer science at UTD. After a brief introduction to the basic rationale of traditional Chinese medicine, Miss Xu answered the questions from the audience and explained the close relationship between traditional Chinese medical practice and philosophical thinking.
As one part of the serial activities of “Chinese Culture Week” launched by Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas, a Chinese movie The Grandmaster was presented in the Performance Hall in Johnsson Building Tuesday night, November 19, 2013. Directed by Stared by Wong Ka-wai, starred by Tony Leung and Zhang ziyi, the film is based on the true story of Yip Man, the master who was the central figure in establishing and developing the Ving Tsun school of Chinese martial art. Yip Man’s outstanding students include Bruce Lee, whose marvelous demonstration in Hong Kong martial art films in the 1970s helped establish martial art as a cultural icon of Chinese culture.
Master Fu Weizhong presented a lecture on traditional Chinese medicine and demonstrated his specific medical techniques with dozens of volunteers from the audience at Wednesday night, November 20, 2013. Now the 13th successor of Omei Lingji school of heal, health and enlightenment, Master Fu learned and practiced traditional Chinese medicine since a child. He explained in detail the basic rationale of traditional Chinese medicine, which is different from Western modern medicine both theoretically and practically. With his on-the-spot diagnosis and demonstration of healing power Master Fu presented an impressive picture of traditional Chinese medicine and culture.
Master Fu Weizhong supervised a workshop of healing and enlightenment through traditional Chinese medical practice and meditation in Performance Hall in Johnsson Building on November 21, 2013. Following Master’s instructions and vocal performance the participants practiced traditional Chinese meditation and exercises while enjoying the specific relaxing atmosphere of group healing practice.
The closing chapter of Chinese Culture Week was presented by Dallas-Fort Worth Chinese Food Association and US-China Chamber of Commerce Dallas on November 21, 2013 with Chinese food championship and performance of Dallas/Fort Worth Chinese musicians, dancers and martial artists. An audience of around 200 witnessed the prize-awarding ceremony of outstanding Chinese restaurants and enjoyed feature food from leading local restaurants.
Chinese Teachers Trained at Confucius Institute
Confucius Salon launched its 38th session at Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas on November 2, 2013. Professor Zhuge Yi, a visiting scholar from Zhejiang University, China, presented a lecture on the philosophy and aesthetics of love in Traditional China. Drawing on examples from Chinese history, literature and folk art, Zhuge explained the changing concept of love in Chinese culture and the unique value of Chinese aesthetics. He also answered the questions from the audience concerning about contemporary Chinese culture and society. Zhuge Yi is a doctoral candidate at College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University, China. He is the Chinese translator of Modern Art: 1851-1929 (Oxford, 1999).
Chinese Teachers Trained at Confucius Institute
One hundred and nineteen teachers took part in a Chinese teaching training program held by Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas on October 5, 2013. The program was sponsored by the Hanban, Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing. Professor Lin Xiuqin from Capital Normal University, Beijing presented a lecture on new ideas in Chinese teaching and class design; Jing Li from Trinity High School, Dallas and Zhang Lei from St. Marks School of Texas also shared their Chinese teaching experience with the teachers. All the teachers received their certificates from the Hanban and Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas after the training program.
37th Session of Confucius Salon: Wine and Chinese Culture
A special session of Confucius Salon was opened on October 5, 2013 with a lecture on “Wine and Chinese Culture” presented by Mr. Wu Shaozong of the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Wu studied Chinese wine culture in Sichuan, a province known for its great liquors, majoring in Wine Making Technology and History in the Sichuan University of Science and Engineering. The attendants had a great time enjoying not only a lecture on wine-making but also various kinds of Chinese liquors that Mr. Wu brought to the class.
Dr. Howard Goldblatt Talks on Translation
Dr. Howard Goldblatt, preeminent translator of Chinese literature whose translations played a key role in the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature to Chinese author Mo Yan, gave a lecture on Author and Translator: An Uneasy, Mutually Rewarding, Sometimes Fragile Relationship in Jonsson Performance Hall at The University of Texas at Dallas, on September 18, 2013. Sylvia Li-chun Lin, Dr. Goldblatt’s wife, also attended the lecture and answered the questions from the audience.
Dr. Goldblatt was the first lecturer in the new Anlin Ku Visiting Artist and Scholars Program held by The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas. The program was made possible with a generous gift from Jeff Robinson and Stefanie Schneidler. The lecture was also sponsored by The Confucius Institute at UT Dallas and the Center for Translation Studies.
During Dr. Goldblatt’s stay at UTD, he visited the campus, School of Arts and Humanities, Confucius Institute, met and talked with students and staff.
Confucius Institute Promotes its Programs in Local Events
On September 7, Confucius Institute at UT Dallas attended the annual banquet of DFW AACC- Dallas Fort Worth Asian American Citizens’ Council held in Westin Hotel Park Central, to promote its programs in the event.
DFWAACC was founded in 2000, is one of the largest local community organizations. Its mission is to assist Asian-American involvement in local, social, political, and civic activities that increase community awareness, improve Asian-American representation, and enhance the quality of life. Its annual banquet has been a big event in local community and attracts more than 1000 people to attend every year.
36th Confucius salon – Chinese Traditional Medicine
The Confucius Salon at the University of Texas at Dallas held its 36th session on September 7, 2013. Dr. Yiling Chen from Richland College shared her knowledge of Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM) with an audience of over 30. As a unique system of healing different from modern western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine has evolved for over thousands of years. In China and Chinese communities around the world TCM is still taught and practiced widely. Dr. Chen, a M.D. in Clinical Medicine and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, gave an introduction to the basics of TCM theory and practices. Focusing on “Traditional Chinese Medicine and Modern Medicine—When East Meets West,” Dr. Chen explained the fundamental ideas and basic terms in TCM and outlined the difference between TCM and modern western medicine. Starting with the earliest Chinese Canon of Medicine (Huang-di Nei-jing), Dr. Chen went through the four methods of TCM diagnosis and introduced Chinese herbs, acupuncture and moxibustion. Dr. Chen also shared with the audience her personal experiences with TCM, though her professional training is in modern medicine. Dr. Chen mentioned the challenges that TCM has to face in modern world and she was rather confident in the future of TCM.
Dr. Yiling Chen earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Old Dominion University, VA. She also holds a M.A. in Molecular Medical Microbiology from The University of Nottingham, UK and a M.D. from Tianjin Medical University, China. She is now teaching at Richland College, TX.
(by Bingfeng Yang)
Chinese enrollment grows at Confucius Institute
Non credit Chinese courses for at the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas started on Saturday, August 31, 2013. According to the placement test held on August 24, 49 students are divided into four classes: 28 in Elementary Chinese (2 classes), 15 in Intermediate Chinese and 6 in Advanced Chinese. The steady growth of the enrollment proves the increasing demand of Chinese learning in Dallas-Fort Worth area and the efficiency of Chinese teaching at the University of Texas at Dallas. Four Chinese teachers, Feng Tao, Zhang Qiang, Duan Guozhong and Yang Bingfeng, all with MA from Chinese universities, have made plans to help their students as much as possible according to their different levels. With professional training in Chinese at the Confucius Institute, the students are encouraged to take Chinese proficiency tests held by Hanban, or Confucius Institute headquarters. Students with Chinese certificate will be able to apply for scholarships in Chinese universities for further study.
Student enrolled in Non-credit Chinese Language Course offered by the Confucius Institute at UTD Obtained a Scholarship to Study in China - In July 2013, Ms. Miranda Miskowiec successfully obtained the Confucius Institute Scholarship to study in Southeast University in Nanjing, China. Her scholarship will support her learning Chinese in the university for one year.
Miranda started her Chinese language learning in 2004, when she was still a university student. She took an advanced Chinese class at the Confucius Institute of UTD to improve her language skills in the spring semester of 2013. With the Confucius Institute teacher’s recommendation, she applied for the scholarship and got approved by the Confucius Institute Headquarters, which sponsors the Confucius Institute Scholarship program.
In order to support the development of Confucius Institutes around the world, facilitate Chinese language promotion and Chinese cultural transmission, to cultivate qualified Chinese language teachers and talented students of Chinese language, Confucius Institute Headquarters launched the “Confucius Institute Scholarship” program. This program provides financial aid for students, scholars and Chinese language teachers worldwide to proceed to a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) in Chinese universities, or study in such majors as Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy. The Scholarship is provided to the students for either one or two academic years.
In addition to Miranda, other four students from UT Dallas and one student from UNT, also obtained the Scholarship of year 2013 to study in China. They all have learned Chinese for some time and will go to China this fall or next spring.
Summer Camp Students Returned Home from China - On July 26th 2013, twelve high school students from Westwood School and Ursuline Academy and their two chaperon teachers returned home from a 17-day-trip to China. They went to China to attend Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students, which is sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. The teachers and students visited Beijing and Shangdong Province, where they attended Chinese classes in local schools, visited famous sightseeing sites, tasted authentic Chinese food, watched traditional Chinese shows, experienced many fabulous Chinese culture and history adventures. Everyone thought it is a great and wonderful journey. One student even made a short clip for the trip and put it on YouTube. You may click here to share their experience: http://youtu.be/5ihE0iBb9ts
The "Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students" is sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in cooperation with various Confucius Institutes in the U.S. for American high school students to experience Chinese language and culture on the summer holidays.
Since being launched in 2007, a total of 356 American high school students have been invited to participate in the summer camp in China, which plays a positive role in promoting the understanding of high school students of Chinese language and culture, improving their Chinese level and enhancing the friendship between the youth of China and the U.S.
It is the 5th year in a row for the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas to organize the Camp.
Mandarin Chinese to be taught from kindergarten through grade 12 at a new charter school in Garland - On August 22, 2013, Dr. Mingdong Gu and Sharon Yang were invited to attend the grand opening of International Leadership of Texas Charter School, a new charter school in Garland, where mandarin Chinese will be taught from kindergarten through grade 12.
Earlier in the month, Mr. Eddie Conger, the superintendent of the school and Ms. Carrie Hutchison, executive assistant to the superintendent, visited the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas to seek possible cooperation with the Institute and potential support the Institute could provide for the school’s Chinese program. Impressed by Mr. Conger’s vision and the school’s ambitious Chinese program, Dr. Mingdong Gu, director of the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas, promised that the Confucius Institute would assist the school in whatever way the Institute could and suggested the school apply to establish a Confucius Classroom, a program run by the Institute to promote Chinese language teaching and learning in local schools. Through this program, the school can get support of funds, textbooks, teaching equipment and other resources from the Institute and the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing.
The new charter school was open to 2,900 students on August 26, 2013. Right now, the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Ms. Carrie Hutchinson is working closely with Sharon Yang, Assistant Director of the Confucius Institute on preparing the documents of applying for establishing the Confucius Classroom.
More Chinese learners enrolled at the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas - On Jan 19, 2013, the CI at UTD started its first Chinese classes for community students for the Spring semester. Altogether four Chinese classes are offered. They are: Elementary Chinese I, Elementary Chinese II, Intermediate Chinese, and Advanced Chinese. What is distinctive about this year’s enrollment is that almost half of the students already took Chinese courses with the CI for at least one semester. It is common that many Chinese learners are full of passion at the very beginning, however, after having learned for a certain period of time and come to realize that learning Chinese is not easy as they had thought it to be, some learners will naturally give up. However, judging from this year’s enrollment at the CI of the UTD, it can be concluded that the number of the persistent Chinese learners are on the big increase. (Marian Chen)
6th DFW Chinese Teachers Training Workshop Held on UT Dallas Campus - August 22, 2012, the 6th Dallas - Fort Worth Chinese Teachers Training Workshop was held on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute of the University of Texas at Dallas, the workshop was organized and promoted by the 6th Dallas – Fort Worth Chinese Teachers' Training Committee. Over 100 local Chinese teachers from K-12 schools and colleges attended the workshop, which focused on three chosen topics of Chinese language teaching.
UTD Confucius Institute Held a Ceremony of Signing Agreements with the Confucius Classrooms and Presenting the Plaques (September 6, 2011) - On September 6, 2011, a high-class ceremony was held in McDermott Library Hall at UT Dallas to sign the agreements with the new group of Confucius Classrooms and present the plaques. Consul General XuErwen, Director Yan Guohua from Houston Consulate General, UTD president, executive vice president, senior vice president, superintendents and principals attended the ceremony. So far, UTD Confucius Institute has set up 10 Confucius Classrooms in Northern Texas.
The ceremony was presided by Dr. Gu Mingdong, the director ofthe Confucius Institute at UT Dallas. President David Daniel delivered the welcome speech on behalf of the University. He gave the thanks to all the supporters of the Confucius Institute and believed that the new cooperation with the Confucius Classrooms would bring more opportunities to communicate with China. Consul General Xu gave congratulations to the Confucius Classrooms and expressed that the Consulate General in Houston would continue supporting the Chinese programs. Principal Walter Kelly from the Highland Park High School addressed that the school would supportthe new Confucius Classroom with its own characteristics on behalf of the new group of Classrooms.Dr. Bryson, the assistant superintendent introduced her successful experience to promote Chinese programs in Coppell Independent School District.
In a friendly atmosphere, Dennis Kratz, the executive director of the Confucius Institute, signed the agreements with the principals from Highland Park High School, Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Episcopal High School of Dallas and New Tech High School respectively.
Consul GeneralXu, Consul & Director Yan, UTD President Daniel, Executive Vice PresidentWildenthal, Senior Vice President Jamison, Executive Director of CI presented the plaques to all the new Confucius Classrooms.
Consul General and his colleagues visited the Chinese Cultural Experience Corner, the new offices and Chinese reading room of the Confucius Institute and listened to the work report of the Confucius Institute.
UT Dallas Professor Chairs International Summit Forum in China (June 2, 2011) - On June 2, 2011, Prof. Ming Dong Gu, director of the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas, was invited to chair an International Summit Forum in Yangzhou, China. The forum, titled "Theory and The Disappearing Future: On De Man and Benjamin," gathered together over forty scholars from the US and China, among whom were two distinguished speakers, Prof. J. Hillis Miller from the Unversity of California-Ervine and Prof. Tom Cohen from the State University of New York at Albany. A former coleague of Paul de Man and a member of the Yale School of Deconstructive Criticism, Prof. Miller spoke on the relevance of De Man's critical theory for present-day literary studies. Prof. Cohen, one of de Man's students, spoke about the so far unpublished details of De Man's influential speech on Walter Benjamin's famous essay "The Task of the Translator." Their presentations centered on the main ideas of a book jointly authored by Miller, Cohen and Claire Colebrook,Theory and The Disappearing Future: On De Man, On Benjamin, to be published by Routledge. Prof. Gu commented on their presentations and the forum participants engaged the speakers on issues adumbrated in their speeches including such hot topics as globalization, consumerism, terrorism, financial meltdown, environmental crises, and their impact on literary theory and cultural studies.
Symposium on "Sinologism" Jointly Held by UT Dallas and Nanjing University (February 25, 2011) - The Confucius Institute at UT Dallas and the Institute of Advanced Studies for Humanities and Social Sciences of Nanjing University jointly organized an International Symposium, "Sinologism: Theoretical Explorations." It was held on October 19-21, 2010 in Nanjing, China. Prof. Ming Dong Gu, director of the Confucius Institute, was the co-organizer. The symposium was attended by over a dozen internationally renowned scholars from universities and research institutes in the US, Hong Kong, and China, as well as 60 scholars of China-West studies from different institutions of higher learning in China. Prof. Ren Lijian, Vice President of Nanjing University, opened the symposium with his congratulatory remarks. Prof. Gu delivered the theme speech: "What Is Sinologism?" Each of the symposium speakers gave presentations centering on the proposed theme, and symposium attendants were also engaged in heated discussions and debates. The symposium proposed a new theoretical category and initiated a new critical approach to China-West studies. It was reported in a mainstream Chinese newspaper, Zhonghua dushu bao (Chinese Readers' Newspaper) and was widely circulated online.
UT Dallas President Visits China (October 25, 2010) - The University of Texas at Dallas President Dr. David Daniel and Dennis Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas, recently spent a week in China, visiting China Three Gorges University (CTGU) and attending the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
This marked President Daniel's first trip to Yichang, an ancient city located at the Eastern entrance to the three gorges, and he received a warm welcome - CTGU even dedicated a celebratory gala in their honor. Kratz added, "We were fortunate to be in China during the Mid-Autumn Festival, a time of joy and family celebration."
Drs. Daniel and Kratz had the rare privilege of not only visiting the famous Three Gorges Dam but also being invited to view the hydroelectric plant within the massive structure. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen and enhance the partnership between the two universities that began in 2007, when UT Dallas and CTGU established the first Confucius Institute in Texas to increase mutual respect and cooperation specifically between the people of China and the Southwest region by promoting the study of China's language, history and culture.
UT Dallas President, Dean Visit Chinese Partner University (September 24, 2010) - UT Dallas President Dr. David Daniel and Dennis Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, are currently visiting Three Gorges University in China. Three Gorges, which is the partner school to UT Dallas, hosted a celebratory gala in their honor.
Six Confucius Classrooms Established in Coppell and HEB ISDs (July 7, 2010) - Six schools in the Coppell and Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School Districts (CISD and HEB ISD) that have expressed a strong interest in Chinese language learning will now get their chance, as agreements were signed last month establishing the first Confucius Classrooms in Texas.
The Confucius Classroom is an initiative of the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, to enhance understanding and friendship between the young people of China and the United States by sponsoring courses of Chinese language and culture in primary, middle and high schools. The Confucius Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas facilitated the proposal process in Coppell and Hurst-Euless-Bedford, and will oversee the program via occasional site visits and project development.
Four schools from Coppell ISD applied to and have been approved for the Confucius Classroom program: Coppell Middle School East, Coppell Middle School West, Coppell Middle School North and Denton Creek Elementary School; and two schools from HEB ISD: Trinity High School and Lawrence D. Bell High School.
For a school to be accepted into the Confucius Classroom program, both the ISD and the school must have a strong interest in offering Chinese language courses to students; the school's principal or vice-principal must be willing to take charge of the Confucius Classroom directly; the school must provide an appropriate site for teaching, office space and administrative personnel for the Confucius Classroom; and the school must provide necessary living and working conditions for the volunteer Chinese language teacher(s), if requested.
The Confucius Institute Headquarters provides participating schools with a start-up fund of up to $10,000, and up to an additional $20,000 of Chinese language teaching and cultural equipment and materials, including books, audio-visual and multimedia materials, and courseware. Students will learn basic communication skills in the Chinese language, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each school will independently decide on the curriculum and textbooks for its students.
Tian Xijun, associate professor and program coordinator for the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas, says, "UT Dallas is the first Confucius Institute in Texas that has established Confucius Classrooms, and we plan to establish 20 to 30 additional Confucius Classrooms around the DFW metroplex in the future."
UT Dallas Co-Sponsors Chinese Conference on Art and Technology (May 28, 2010) - An international conference on "Arts in the Age of Post-Technology" was held in Nanjing, China, from May 28 - 30. Jointly organized by the School of Arts of Southeast University, China, the School of Film and TV Art and Technology of Shanghai University, China, and the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, the conference was attended by more than 100 participants, with 78 presentations by scholars from universities in both China and around the world.
Headed by Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, UT Dallas sent a delegation of six professors to the conference. At the opening ceremony, Dean Kratz delivered his keynote address, "The Future of Arts and Humanities in the Age of High Technology," which was well-received by the Chinese and foreign scholars. His introduction of how arts and humanities at UT Dallas have confronted challenges from computing science, emerging media and other forms of technology provided much-needed food-for-thought for Chinese scholars under the pressures of similar challenges.
In parallel sessions, UT Dallas Professors Frederick Turner, Marilyn Waligore, Kang Zhang, Dwayne Carter and Ming Dong Gu gave individual presentations related to the theme of the conference and participated in heated and lively discussions on how technology has impacted arts and humanities, what problems the arts are currently facing in a post-technological era, and the possible ways in which arts and humanities can meet the challenges and prosper in the twenty-first century.
After the conference, Kratz, Zhang and Gu met with Professor Wang Tingxin, dean of the School of Arts of Southeast University, and his colleagues. They discussed ideas on how the two universities can engage in further partnerships in the future, and agreed to begin with the exchange of scholars and students in order to bolster cultural understanding, and will eventually branch out into an academic research collaboration.
Confucius Institute Team Takes 3rd Prize in Dragon Boat Race (May 16, 2010) - The 2010 Annual DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival, which was hosted by the Marco Polo World Foundation, was held at Lake Carolyn in Irving, Texas on Sunday, May 16. The University of Texas at Dallas' dragon boat team, "Team Confucius Institute," placed third in the Open Division.
A dragon boat is a human-powered traditional long boat typically made of teak wood and found throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. It is now used in the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing, which originated in China over 2000 years ago.
"Team Confucius Institute" consisted of 13 men and 8 women from the staff of the Confucius Institute and Chinese students from UT Dallas.
"We all did our best and made use of what we practiced!" said Wenxun Qiu, one of the team members. "Given more time for practice, we would have done better as a team."
Eight men's teams and 28 coed teams competed in their respective divisions at the festival. The Irving Fire Department's team was named Grand Champion.
The first festival was held in 2007 to promote the new sport of dragon boating, enhance intercultural understanding and celebrate Asian-Pacific Heritage Month.
Director of Confucius Institute Wins Diversity Award (April 17, 2010) - The 1st Inaugural Diversity Awards Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser was held on April 17 on the University of Texas at Dallas campus. Honorees included members of the UT Dallas faculty and staff, a student, and a corporate partner, who were recognized for their efforts to increase diversity and excellence at UT Dallas over the past year.
Professor Ming Dong Gu, director of the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas, received the Diversity Award for his excellent academic research and his promotion of the Chinese language and culture.
As Director of the Confucius Institute, Professor Gu endeavors to promote the Chinese language and culture through offering Chinese language classes of different levels and purposes, and organizing various Chinese cultural events and activities. He founded the Confucius Salon at UT Dallas, which gathers people to appreciate and discuss the works of Confucius on the last Sunday of each month.
Gu's efforts, along with the aforementioned scholarship fundraising initiative, will provide support for the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement's Diversity Scholarship Program to continue to increase diversity and excellence at UT Dallas.
Prof Breaks New Ground in Literary Criticism Book (Feb. 25, 2010) - Dr. Ming Dong Gu, professor of Chinese and comparative literature and director of the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas, was asked by the general editor of Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism to choose the first Chinese theorist to be included in the publication. read more
Chinese New Year celebration (Feb. 6, 2010) - The year of the tiger roars into the University of Texas at Dallas with music, dance and theatrical performances by students from the University of International Business and Economics in China. read more
Asian culture and community events in the Dallas area (Feb. 4, 2010) - The Asian Studies Symposium at Southern Methodist University seeks to build awareness and appreciation of Asian cultural, political and economic issues among students and faculty.
Confucius Institute Helps Children, Families Adapt (Jan. 12, 2010) - They were on the UT Dallas campus for ongoing lessons in Chinese language, history and culture. For the past year, the Confucius Institute has offered the classes to a network of 500 to 1,000 families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who have adopted children from China. read more
Dean is Asian - American Council's Person of the Year (Sept. 15, 2009) - On Saturday night, the DFW Asian-American Citizens Council (DFWAACC) honored Dennis Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, with its annual Person of the Year award.
Translation Scholars to Explore China's Influence (April 2, 2009) - The translator plays a major role in the transmission of knowledge and cross - cultural understanding, making available not only great literature but also documents of everyday life to the rest of the world. read more
Dance Innovator Lily Cai to Teach UT Dallas Students (Jan. 26, 2009) - The colorful and symbolic dance forms of ancient China will blend with the energy of modern choreography in February, when Lily Cai comes to the UT Dallas campus for a two-week residency of workshops in dance. read more
Confucius Institute Helps Assess Fluency in Chinese (Jan. 14, 2009) - In addition to helping non-native speakers learn the Chinese language, the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas is helping people assess their Chinese language proficiency. read more
Renowned Literary Critic to Lecture on China Studies (Oct. 22, 2008) - The Confucius Institute at UT Dallas presents "An American in China: Reflections on Literary and Cultural Studies in the People's Republic of China," a public lecture by prominent literary critic J. Hillis Miller, who will be visiting campus Wednesday. read more
Confucius Institute to Celebrate 1st Year at UT Dallas (Oct. 15, 2008) - As Ming Dong Gu, Xuanchuan LIU and Sharon Yang busily prepare for the Nov. 8 first anniversary of the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas, they pause to reflect on its growth during this inaugural year. read more
Lecture to Explore Politics, Passion in Chinese Film (Sep. 9, 2008) - Few pursuits are more public than politics, or more private than love. A Confucius Institute lecture next week will explain how these seemingly disparate themes work together in the Chinese cinematic tradition. read more
Student Singers Taking Voices on Tour of China (May 27, 2008) - Seven young women who perform with the UT Dallas Chamber Singers have been getting their voices ready to travel next month through northern China with the Dallas Li-Sheng Ladies Choir.
UT Dallas Confucius Institute Coordinates Aid to Quake Victims (May 19, 2008) - The Confucius Institute at UT Dallas has joined relief efforts for victims of the earthquake that devastated southwestern China's Sichuan Province. read more
Event to Explore World of Farewell My Concubine (Jan. 29, 2008) - The School of Arts and Humanities and the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas will host a workshop Saturday, Feb. 2, in anticipation of the Chinese Opera's performance of Farewell My Concubine at the Eisemann Center in Richardson the following week. read more
Gala Celebration for UT Dallas celebrating the new Confucius Institute set for Nov. 4 (Oct. 22, 2007) - A gala celebration to commemorate the opening of the Confucius Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Conference Center. read more
Confucius Institute to open on UTD campus (Oct. 1, 2007) - This fall, the UTD campus will become home to one of 21 U.S. - based non - profit institutes designed to promote Chinese language and culture, operated with the participation of the People's Republic of China, the Office of Chinese Language International, the University of Texas at Dallas and China Three Gorges University. read more
Confucius Institute to offer cultural insights (Sep. 30, 2007) - U.S. - China relations - no doubt a key factor in global affairs and economies for years to come - can now count on "harmonious" help from the University of Texas at Dallas' new Confucius Institute.