The UT Confucius Institute gave East Tennesseans a taste of Chinese culture through the celebration of the Moon Festival last week.
Confucius Institute News
Twenty-eight faculty, staff, and students have taken Big Orange Country to China through an English immersion summer camp—and the UT community can follow their adventures over the next two weeks.
Provost Susan D. Martin traveled to China last weekend to receive the 2015 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award at the opening ceremony of the tenth Confucius Institute Conference in Shanghai.
First-ranking Chinese musician Xiaojun Huo will perform “A Harmony of Strings” on April 24 at UT. The performance begins at 1:30 p.m. in the University Center auditorium, and is free and open to the public. Huo is the first-ranking erhu player in China. The erhu is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument that originated in China and is known in the western world as the “Chinese violin.”
A delegation of faculty and administrators from UT’s Confucius Institute’s Chinese partner—Southeast University in Nanjing, China—will be on campus April 13–15 to explore additional academic collaborations between the two universities. The Chinese delegation’s visit coincides with the first anniversary of the Confucius Institute’s inauguration ceremony.
The Chinese New Year dawns on Friday, January 31, and UT’s Confucius Institute will celebrate with a series of events beginning that day. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Celebrations begin at 3:15 p.m. on Friday in Hodges Library with traditional Chinese performances.
Note: Due to inclement weather concerns, Friday afternoon’s inaugural event at the International House has been moved to the first floor galleria in Hodges Library. UT’s Confucius Institute will celebrate its opening with an inauguration ceremony and gala stage show on Friday, April 12. The campus and Knoxville community are invited to both events. The Confucius Institute is a collaborative effort between the university; HANBAN, a Chinese Ministry of Education subsidiary in Beijing; and Southeast University in Nanjing, China.
UT Libraries has received a donation of books from the campus’s Confucius Institute partner university in China, Southeast University. Some of the books will become part of the UT Libraries collection, but there are enough to share with departments and faculty who can use them. The books, written in Chinese, include classic Chinese literature, books on urban planning and design, Chinese arts, teaching the Chinese language, and other subjects. UT’s Confucius Institute’s inauguration ceremony is set for Friday, April 12.
A Confucius Institute will soon open on campus, expanding opportunities for UT students and others to learn Chinese, experience Chinese culture, and travel abroad. Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions run in cooperation with Chinese partner universities and typically offer for-credit and non-credit Chinese language courses, sponsor cultural activities, and help local schools provide more education about China.