Current Events

The Confucius Institute organizes and sponsors a wide variety of events each year promoting Chinese language and cultural understanding. See below for a listing of the latest upcoming events.


 

Alfred Hornung

 

Confucius and Benjamin Franklin: Chinese Ideas in the Foundation of the United States

Date: Nov. 5, 2018

Time: 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Location: KSU Student Center Leadership Room

In this talk, Alfred Hornung examines the important role the works of the Chinese philosopher and public intellectual Confucius have played for the formation of the political and poetic cultures in the United States. Ezra Pound’s encounter with the Chinese language and his recovery of Confucian ideas in his Chinese and American Cantos include Confucius’s influence on the Founding Fathers and the foundation of the United States of America. Benjamin Franklin’s reception of the seventeenth-century Jesuit translation of Confucius’ work in the American colonies recognizes his role as “the patron saint of the Enlightenment” and uses his ideas for the pursuit of moral perfection and the constitution of American statecraft in the Early Republic. These transcultural relations between the long history of the Chinese tradition and the young American nation will also serve to look at the contemporary scene of the interrelation of Chinese and American cultures and the establishment of Confucius Institutes in the twenty-first century.

 

Alfred Hornung is Research Professor of American Studies and Speaker of the Obama Institute of Transnational American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. His publications are in the fields of modernism, postmodernism, life writing, intercultural, and transnational studies.

 

East Meets West

East Meets West Vocal Performance

 

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center (488 Prillaman Way NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144)

Presented by the KSU Confucius Institute and KSU School of Music, this special performance will feature singers from the Yangzhou University College of Music with additional performances by faculty and students of the KSU School of Music. The program will include Chinese folk songs, poetry, art songs, and opera as well as works by Mozart, Puccini, Gluck, and more performed by Ms. Di Sheng, Ms. Yan Lu, soprano and Head of Vocal Music Teaching, and Mr. Ting Yao, baritone and Head of Music Performance Teaching at Yangzhou University. View the concert program here.

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