2017 Events



Woman writing Chinese calligraphy characters on red paper

Phelps High School International Culture Day - Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

This event was devised to celebrate different cultures. It was also an opportunity to promote cultural pride, awareness, and tolerance within our school community. Community partners helped to make this event a success by setting up cultural displays that demonstrated various aspects of specific cultures. For example, some cultural displays had historical items, informational literature, posters, pictures, clothing, writing, folktales, stickers, figurines, candy, food, games and other distinctive things from the culture.

GW Confucius Institute Instructors LIU Zhi and GAO Xiaoli demonstrated the art of Chinese Calligraphy for students, and also encouraged students to attempt Chinese Calligraphy for themselves. Students asked to receive their name or special phrases written in Chinese characters, and many attempted to write Chinese Calligraphy with the Instructors' guidance.

Chinese Conversation Corner - May 15

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by our professional Mandarin instructors, who will divide students into groups based on skill-level and encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Three children in traditional Chinese costumes with parasols

2019 DCPS World Language Festival

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute has participated in the annual DCPS World Language Festival, an all-day event which promotes language education and cultural exploration for DC students. Local families enjoyed educational activities, information sessions, cultural performances, and an exhibition hall with representatives from community partners. The GW Confucius Institute provided an introduction to the diverse ethnic groups which makeup China; guests had the opportunity to try on some traditional ethnic dress. Students also had a chance to practice the art of Chinese paper-cutting. The DCPS World Language Festival estimated over 150 families in attendance. The GW Confucius Institute was proud to participate for the second year as part of our community outreach.

Teacher in front of tv screen powerpoint speaking to her audience

2019 Teacher In-Service Day

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

On May 6, 2019, GW Confucius Institute instructors will come together for an in-service day. Each instructor gave a presentation outlining their teaching methodology, followed by group brainstorming on potential course curriculum improvements.

Professor Wang Peng speaks during a panel.

Fifth Symposium on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:20pm

The George Washington University Confucius Institute, in collaboration with the Nanjing University Institute for International Students, will host our Fifth Annual Symposium on Teaching Chinese Language. This event is FREE and open to local Chinese language educators. Validated parking is available in the Science & Engineering Hall; access via H Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets.

Chinese Conversation Corner - May 1

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by our professional Mandarin instructors, who will divide students into groups based on skill-level and encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

GWCI Staff huddling together for a photo in a park

GWCI – Staff Retreat at The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

GW Confucius Institute held a Spring Staff retreat at The National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden. New, current, and former staff members shared a delicious lunch, played games, and enjoyed the fountains and garden scenery. It was a great way for the various branches of GWCI staff to engage, socialize, and build an even stronger team.

Painted portraits of five empresses featured in the Exhibit

Freer | Sackler Galleries - Docent Led Empresses Tour

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

On Friday, April 26, 2019, GW CI students and staff members attended a Tour of the Empresses exhibit at the Freer & Sackler Galleries that was led by docent, Betsy Vourlekis. The exhibition showcases the lives of Qing Dynasty Empresses. Their vital presence over the 260-year course of the Qing is brought to light through an unprecedented assembly of spectacular objects. Royal portraits, paintings depicting court life, seals and symbols of imperial power, Buddhist sutras and other objects of religious devotion, along with costumes, jewelry, tableware, and furniture that were used by the empresses in the Forbidden City were all featured.

GWCI Instructor holding up a red piece of paper and instructing young students

Sligo Creek ES' World Culture Day - School Visit

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

On Friday, April 5th the Sligo Creek Elementary School welcomed the GW Confucius Institute to participate in their World Culture Day. GW CI Instructor LIU Zhi and Instructor XIE Qing gave a brief introduction to the Chinese art of paper-cutting. Students then got a chance to practic making their own animal paper-cut. Roughly 150 elementary school students participated in the activity. This was the second time that the GW Confucius Institute was invited to participate.

Chinese Conversation Corner - April 3

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by our professional Mandarin instructors, who will divide students into groups based on skill-level and encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Three women dancing in light off white beijing opera costumes against a black background

CANCELED: Kunqu Workshop - "The Legend of the Jade Hairpin" Demonstration

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

EVENT CANCELED: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances the Shanghai Kunqu Troupe's arrival has been delayed. Therefore the Kunqu Workshop on March 28 has been canceled.

A table containing bowls of Chinese medicinal herbs.

Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship - Research Presentation

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

On March 21st, the GW Confucius Institute hosted research presentations by distinguished scholars whose work was funded by the Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship. Weisheng Mao, a Ph.D. student at the GW School of Medicine, and Shelly Mishra, a senior in biology at GW, both shared the results of their research and discussed their experiences. The event was a great opportunity for faculty and students interested in the integration of traditional Chinese medical practices with Western Medicine and the Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship.

Chinese Conversation Corner - March 20

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by our professional Mandarin instructors, who will divide students into groups based on skill-level and encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Students get seated in a theater as a movie begins to play.

Film Screening at the Freer | Sackler Galleries

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:30pm to Friday, March 15, 2019 - 3:30pm

On March 14 and March 15, the GW Confucius sponsored local DMV area students from DC’s Chinese language immersion schools to watch the 3-D adventure Monster Hunt. at the Meyer auditorium in the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Students got a chance to practice their Mandarin and enjoy the box office hit about a time when humans battled monsters.

Chinese Conversation Corner - March 6

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by our professional Mandarin instructors, who will divide students into groups based on skill-level and encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!