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TV for One Billion: Historical Evolution, Current Challenges, and Future Trends in China

Zhifeng Hu, Communication University of China

Tuesday, September 15

4:00-5:30 pm

509 O'Brian (Law School Conference Room), UB North Campus

This talk will examine the influence of Chinese TV on the country’s politics, society and culture. Professor Zhifeng Hu is director of the Center for Research on Media Arts and Culture at Communication University of China and editor-in-chief of Journal of Modern Communication. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at Harvard University. 

Tai Chi Class

Thursdays, beginning September 17

4:30-5:30 pm

113 UB Commons

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A Glimpse of China

UB Confucius Institute's first annual photo contest 

Open to anyone living in Western New York, including students enrolled in local colleges or universities

Age divisions: K-8, high school, 18-and-over, and professional

Entry deadline: Wednesday, September 16, 11:59 p.m.

Entries must be sent to and include a submission form

Finalists will be notified in advance that their photos will be displayed at the Confucius Institute Day celebration at UB on September 27

Download the submission form and guidelines

View contest rules and judging criteria

Moon Festival/Confucius Day Celebration

Sunday, September 27

12:00-3:00 pm

Student Union Field (between Clemens and the Commons)

Featuring Photo exhibition, games, crafts, calligraphy, displays, and food!

World War II with the Flying Tigers

Lecture by UB Professor Deborah Chung

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo, and co-author of Piloted to Serve, the autobiography of Dr. Chung's mother, Rebecca Chung

Monday, September 28

4:00-5:30 pm

509 O'Brian

With photo exhibition and reception

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An Evening of Chinese Music

Saturday, October 3

7:30 pm

Slee Hall, UB North Campus

Featuring musicians from China’s Central Conservatory of Music

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Chinese Language Teacher Workshop

October 10, 2015

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

280 Park Hall, UB North Campus

Through lectures, workshops, and teaching demonstrations, current and aspiring Chinese language teachers will learn about the latest theories and best practices for Chinese language teaching.

Keynote speakers

Chengzhi Chu, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Davis

Yongping Zhu, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Notre Dame

Free and open to all current and future teachers of Chinese language in Western New York

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Introduction to Chinese Characters and Calligraphy

Lecture and interactive demonstration

Professor Junhong Li, University at Buffalo and Capital Normal University

October 14, 2015

5:00-6:00 pm

Confucius Institute classroom, 113 UB Commons

A Confucius Institute Chinese Club event

Professor Junhong Li will give an introduction to the history of Chinese characters and lead the group in an interactive calligraphy demonstration. Supplies will be provided. Refreshments will be served.

Natural Conflicts: Husbandry, Environmental Protection and Controversial Water Use in Western China

Professor Gregory Veeck, Western Michigan University

October 16, 2015

12:00-1:30 pm

280 Park Hall, UB North Campus

Cosponsored by the UB Confucius Institute and Department of Geography

This presentation addresses Chinese government efforts to restore western grasslands and reduce dust storms impacting eastern China and neighboring countries. Pasture degradation has slowed and livestock counts are increasing, but water tables are dropping and accessible groundwater is being depleted—trading one ecological challenge for another.

Gregory Veeck is professor of Geography at Western Michigan University specializing in economic geography, agriculture, and rural environmental and ecological issues. He has lived and worked in China for seven years beginning in 1985.

View the poster for this lecture

Language Transitions: Policy and Practice of Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign/Second Language

Saturday, November 14

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

509 O'Brian Hall

UB North Campus

Researchers, language practitioners, teachers, school leaders and graduate students across disciplines will examine questions of language policy, linguistically informed practices, and challenges in curricula design. Sessions centered on language pedagogy will showcase best practices in teaching and learning Chinese.

Free and open to the public.

Symposium program

Scholarship Information Session

Tuesday, November 17

5:00-6:00 pm

Confucius Institute Classroom, 113 UB Commons

UB North Campus

Learn about Confucius Institute Scholarship opportunities for semester or year-long study in China. Scholarships cover tuition, dorm fees, and a monthly stipend. Current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, are eligible to apply.

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