Confucius Institute News
Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and the Ignacy and Celina Rockover Professor of Humanities, was awarded the Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award at a ceremony held in China during the 11th Confucius Institute Conference. The award was presented by China’s vice premier, Liu Yandong, on behalf of the Confucius Institute headquarters.
The award, given to 30 individuals selected from over 500 Confucius institutes worldwide, recognizes efforts to develop cultural ties with China. The Confucius Institute at UT Dallas has nominated Kratz twice.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Dr. Kratz, who has nurtured the Confucius Institute into an institution which has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Award for the Confucius Institute of the Year in 2014,” said Dr. Ming Dong Gu, director of UT Dallas’ institute.
Under Kratz’s leadership, the school established the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas in 2007. Since then, the program has expanded, offering courses on Chinese language and culture, Chinese teacher-training workshops and public lectures, and serving as a testing site for Chinese proficiency exams and a center for China studies in North Texas.
“Although presented to me, this award truly honors the dedicated service of professor Gu and associate director Sharon Yang,” Kratz said. “They are responsible for the continuing success and the bright future of our Confucius Institute.”
UT Dallas winds up its March arts calendar with explorations of such diverse subject matter as the state of the arts in Dallas and the status of Judaism in China.
All events for the week are free and open to the public.
Kicking off the events will be a talk Wednesday, March 28, titled, “The Jewish Diaspora in China,” by Dr. Xu Xin, director of the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Nanjing University.
The guest speaker is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Dean of the Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University in China. He is also president of the China Judaic Studies Association; editor-in-chief and a contributor to the Chinese edition Encyclopedia Judaica; and author of The Jews of Kaifeng, China: History, Culture, and Religion (2003) and A History of Jewish Culture (2006).
His talk is at 7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall.
The next night, art experts will gather Thursday, March 29, at CentralTrak, UT Dallas’ artist residency and gallery in Deep Ellum, to consider a topic closer to home.
In the program, titled “Radical Regionalism,” a panel of local professors, curators and gallery directors will try to reach consensus on what is unique about the arts in the city of Dallas.
The panel will include Dr. Charissa Terranova, an assistant professor of aesthetic studies at UT Dallas. The discussion moderator will be Leigh A. Arnold, a doctoral student at UT Dallas and a researcher at the Dallas Museum of Art.
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.
Dr. Xiang Bing, founding dean of China’s first private, nonprofit and independent business school, will discuss “Globalization of the Chinese Economy” on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
The lecture, sponsored by The Confucius Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Jonsson Performance Hall.
Xiang writes frequently on the challenges of globalization for Chinese firms. He has played a critical role in helping Chinese and foreign business companies forge cooperative ventures, and has been touring the States to help business leaders in China and the U.S. to expand business operations in both countries.
Xiang earned his bachelor’s in engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Alberta. He specializes in comparative corporate systems, corporate governance, the transition and management of state-owned enterprises, private enterprise business models, and corporate competitiveness in emerging markets.
Dr. Ming Dong Gu, director of The Confucius Institute at UT Dallas, expects the lecture to benefit both U.S. and Chinese business people.
“Dean Xiang’s business school [Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business] has a large number of alumni who are top business leaders in China and want to expand their business operations to the U.S.,” Gu said. “They have a viable alumni business network both in and out of China.”