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Lecture Series

The Confucius Institute sponsors a lecture series on topics of Chinese arts and culture. These monthly events are free and open to the public.

Past Lectures

Teaching Chinese characters: Linguistic features, cognitive characteristics, and teaching methodology

Presenter Dr. Helen H. Shen is an Associate Professor of Chinese, Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Iowa. Learn more about the Teaching Chinese Characters lecture.

Experiencing Jingdezhen: The Porcelain City of China

Art professor Gary Erickson from Macalester College presents 45–minute narrated video about his residency at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in China and demonstrates porcelain techniques learned in Jingdezhen. Learn more about the Experiencing Jingdezhen lecture.

Chinese Shadow Puppetry

Presenter Annie Katsura Rollins is an MFA candidate in theater, set design, and puppetry at the University of Minnesota. Learn more about the Chinese Shadow Puppetry lecture.