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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 in Review 2010-2011 | 15

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