2017 Events



2018 April HSK Testing

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute offers paper & pencil HSK and HSKK testing during the fall and spring semesters.

Picture of a street in Shanghai during the early 1900's.

Three Waves of Jewish Migration to Shanghai: 1845-1941

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

In partnership with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW Judaic Studies Program and the GW History Department, we are proud to have Dr. Liliane Willens lead a special lecture and Q&A on Three Waves of Jewish Migration to Shanghai: 1845-1941. A retired professor from Boston College and MIT, Dr. Liliane Willens is a current Washington, D.C. resident with a vibrant history growing up in Shanghai, China. Dr. Willens was born of Russian parentage in the former French Concession of Shanghai. She, her parents, and sisters all lived in China during Japanese occupation and World War II, and emigrated a couple years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Willens is the author of the book, Stateless in Shanghai

Aerial picture of Jiming temple in Nanjing, China.

Crouching Tigers & Hidden Dragons - Historical Image of Nanjing

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Nanjing, a historical city located to the south of Yangtze River, had been chosen as the capital city by ten dynasties in ancient China. It was reported that Zhuge Liang, the most famous strategist in the third century, had remarked, “the Bell Mountain in the east is like a coiling dragon, while the Stone City in the west is like a crouching tiger. Therefore the city is destined to be a capital city.” Since then, dragon and tiger has been a image of this city. Zhuge’s words were taken to be an omen and as well a spell, exerting influence on the rise and fall of the city for about 2000 years. On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, CHENG Zhangcan, Director of the historic Nanjing University Library, will give a talk describing the construction of this image and analyze its relationship with traditional Chinese thought.

Chinese Conversation Hour - April 4

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 5:00pm

 

2018 March HSK & HSKK Testing

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute offers paper & pencil HSK and HSKK testing during the fall and spring semesters.

Chinese Conversation Hour - March 20

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 5:00pm

 

Chinese Conversation Hour - March 8

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 5:00pm

 

Second Language Learners: Acoustic Analysis of Prosodic Errors

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Dr. Wentao Gu discussed his research on "Second Language Learners: Acoustic Analysis of Prosodic Errors" and about the role of linguistic research at Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. Participants learned about how observed f0 error patterns can be attributed to L1 negative transfer, difficulty in prosodic planning, and lack of adequate teaching. The pedagogical implications for L2 prosody training were discussed.

Speech and Hearing Research at Nanjing Normal University Focusing on Disordered Mandarin Speakers

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

On March 6, 2018, Dr. Wentao Gu discussed "Speech and Hearing Research at Nanjing Normal University Focusing on Disordered Mandarin Speakers". Dr. Gu spoke about his research with special populations in China as well as described the role of linguistic research at Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. Participants learned about spoken language research at Nanjing Normal University with details about studies examining tone and intonation perception by Mandarin speaking children with cochlear implants and research examining the effects of medication and deep brain stimulation on speech production in patients with Parkinson's Disease.

GCC Dumpling Night

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

On Friday, March 2, The George Washington Confucius Institute was proud to partner with Global China Connection once again on this fun-filled event - Dumpling Night. Despite the cold and windy weather, 80 guests came the The GW Confucius Institute building to celebrate Lantern festival (元宵节) with delicious food and fun activities. The focus of Dumpling Night and Global China Connection mission is to share and promote Chinese culture amongst the George Washington community. Although food is major part of Chinese culture, especially during the Lunar New Year festivities, we also wanted to create a learning experience for those in attendance. This year’s activities included a dumpling folding demonstration, a traditional Chinese outfit try-on station, Chinese reality show screening and calligraphy lesson taught by Tianxin, who is on the GCC executive board. These activities would not have been possible without the contributions of the Chinese Students and Scholar Association (CSSA)!

Chinese Conversation Hour - February 28

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 5:00pm

 

Liu Liyan Laoshi teaching students about paper cutting & Chinese Zodiac

Paper Cutting Class at Hardy Middle School

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

On February 27, 2018, one of GW CI's Mandarin instructors, LIU Liyan, visited Hardy Middle School in Georgetown. While there, she gave a presentation on the art of paper cutting to two classes, as well as introduced the Chinese Zodiac, in the spirit of the recent holiday - Chinese New Year. She brought plenty of animal cut outs and "春" stencils to create individual paper cut-outs that the students could take home to their families.

Family Lunar Year Festival at GW Textile Museum

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

On Saturday, February 24, 2018, in celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year, The George Washington University Museum & The Textile Museum held a family day event. Guests had the opportunity to celebrate the year of the dog with unique traditions from China's Guizhou Province, tours of the new exhibiiton "Vanishing Traditions", craft activities, music and dance performances. The GW Confucius Institute demonstrated the Chinese art of paper-cutting.

Bea Roberts Discussion & Exhibition Opening Reception

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

For centuries, minority peoples in China’s Guizhou Province have donned elaborate textiles and jewelry for community festivals. The museum will showcase stunning examples in a new exhibition opening to the public in late February. On Thursday, February 22, 2018, collector Bea Roberts, together with curator Lee Talbot, kicked-off the exhibition with a discussion of her journeys across southwest China in search of these rapidly vanishing traditions.

Liu Zhi Laoshi teaching students about paper cutting & Chinese Zodiac

Paper Cutting Class at School Without Walls

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

On February 22, 2018, one of GW CI's Mandarin instructors, LIU Zhi, visited School Without Walls High School Middle (a Confucius Classroom of GW CI) in Foggy Bottom, D.C. While there, she gave a presentation on the art of paper cutting to several classes, as well as introduced the Chinese Zodiac, in the spirit of the recent holiday - Chinese New Year. She brought plenty of animal cut outs and "春" stencils to create individual paper cut-outs that the students could take home to their families.