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The Confucius Institute at Pace UniversityThrough Chinese immersion professors teach from experienceThe faculty members and their courses include:n Linda Herritt, MFA, Art Department chair and professor-"Contemporary Chinese Art"n Rebecca Martin, PhD, English and Modern Language Studies professor -"Contemporary Chinese Literature and Detective Fiction"n Joseph Ryan, PhD, Criminal Justice professor and chair- "Confucianism as a Tool in Understanding Justice"n Deborah Poe, PhD, English assistant professor-"Raise the Red Lantern: Contemporary Chinese Film and Literature in Translation"n Joseph Morreale, PhD, Anna Shostya, and Mark Weinstock, Economics professors-"China and U.S. Economic and Political Relations: Past, Present, and Future"; "Rising Powers: China's Economic Growth and Development," "Political Economy of Developing Nations," "Emerging Financial Markets: Capital Flows, Policies, and Financial Institutions," and the travel course, "From Wall Street to the Great Wall"n P.V. Viswanath, PhD, Lubin Economics and Finance Professor-"Development of Debt Markets in China: A Societal Perspective" An intensive faculty seminar culminating in a trip to China in May 2011, has resulted in several Dyson faculty creating new courses that infuse Chinese language and culture into a variety of disciplines. The seminar program was sponsored by Dyson College and the Confucius Institute at Pace University, which seeks to foster understanding of Chinese language and culture. "Learning one culture is only a start of something much bigger. It's not just traveling for fun, it's about changing minds and welcoming the global perspective," says Confucius Institute Director Weihua Niu, PhD. Leading up to the China trip, the professors attend an eight-week course given by the Confucius Institute including lectures in history, politics, the justice system, media, and arts as well as language instruction."This has also been a great way for faculty to engage intellectually in dialogue with colleagues across disciplines. We've discussed recent hot topics in the media, like Obama's meeting with President Hu and the 'tiger mother,'" says Niu. "It's intellectually stimulating for all involved." 14 | Dyson College of Arts and SciencesLanguage andCulture

Dyson hopes to develop similar seminars built around other countries and cultures in the future.Developing a Sense of Community The Confucius Institute was launched in May 2009 and was the first academic-based Confucius Institute in New York City. It is supported by Hanban, a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, one of the largest publishing companies in China. One of the primary aims of the Confucius Institute is to create a sense of community both within the University, and with neighbors in the surrounding area, partner organizations, and its sister school Nanjing Normal University in China. The Institute hosts many events throughout the year including an anniversary celebration with traditional Chinese performances; a biannual Open House with calligraphy, food, and entertainment; weekly Chinese Corners for non-native speakers to practice Chinese conversation; and many other cultural and academic events.Event Highlights 2010-2011October 15-Chinese Cultural Festival held at CASTLE Middle School (MS345) to honor teachers. Teachers' Day in China is celebrated at this time of year on the birthday of Confucius.October 20: Professor Liu Mengxi, director and research fellow at the Institute of Chinese Culture at the Chinese National Academy of Arts as well as founder and chief editor of the magazine Chinese Culture, and Professor Yu Dan, Vice Dean of the College of Arts and Media at Beijing Normal University and renowned for her modern interpretation of Confucius's Analects, have an intimate discussion with New York scholars on Chinese philosophy and literature. October 21: Professor Liu Mengxi, director and research fellow at the Institute of Chinese Culture at the Chinese National Academy of Arts, delivers a seminar at Columbia University on "The Characteristics of Traditional Chinese Culture." The event was organized by the Confucius Institute at Pace, the Renwen Society of the China Institute, and the Asia-Pacific Development Society of Columbia University.November 15: History Professor Fan Yuzhou of Nanjing University gives a lecture on "The Origin of Chinese Characters and Their Spread in Ancient Central America."February 13: The Institute co-hosts a Lunar New Year Celebration, one of the most important festivals in the Chinese calendar, with City Council member Margaret Chin.March 13: The Institute presents an afternoon with Yin Chengzong, "China's best pianist," co-hosted with the Renwen Society of the China Institute.December 17-19: The New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS) presents their annual Winter Cultural Exchange Festival, performing Peking-style operas, including the world premiere of the original opera, The Story of Ruth and awards its First Annual New York Chinese Opera Society Essay Contest.March 2-18: The Institute organizes a workshop for Chinese educators to study the newest developments in educational testing and reforms in 21st century America with leading experts. April 17: For the second year in a row, the Institute hosts the Northeast United States Regional Final of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, an internationally renowned contest sponsored by Hanban. Pace student Daniel Mendoza wins the best performance award, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to Beijing to compete in a final round.www.pace.edu/confuciusSciencesYear in Review 2010-2011 | 15