Invited Scholar Lecture Series

  • U.S./China Film Symposium 

             April 10-12, 2014   


William and Mary Confucius Institute is honored to co-sponsor the U.S.-China Film Symposium with W&M Global Film Festival. The symposium opens with the screening of Lost In Thailand, a Chinese comedy, followed by  a roundtable discussion, during which featured panelists are opening up a conversation about the synergy between China and Hollywood, what movies are produced in each respective location, and how this affects you, the average moviegoer. The panelists are:

o Leon Xiao, Senior Professor, Beijing Normal University/W&M Confucius Institute Visiting Film Scholar

o Tim Barnard, Visiting Asst. Prof. of Film & Media Studies and Director of the W&M Global Film Festival, W&M

o Mia Liu, Postdoctoral Associate in East Asian Studies, Yale University

Prof. Leon Xiao,  who worked for 20th-Century Fox and numerous Hollywood blockbusters in Los Angeles and New York for over a decade before returning to China, also has a brownbag lunch conversation with some W&M students to share his perspective on special effects and giant screens as well as his experience of working in Hollywood and China.

  • Lecture "The Sun is Not So Central"

             November 7, 2013


Having grown up in New York and now based in Beijing, Michael Cherney has been living and working in China for twenty years under his Chinese name Qiu Mai (Autumn Wheat). A successful photographer, calligrapher and illustrator, he works with the great sophistication that draws on the subtleties of China's most scholarly and esoteric traditions. His works have been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Department of Asian Art (the first photographic works ever to enter the collection of that department). The lecture, co-sponsored by W&M Confucius Institute and the Department of Art & Art History, presents an overview of his artistic process and recent works. The art combines photography with the subject matter, aesthetics, materials and formats traditionally associated with classical Chinese painting, which allows for viewing the present day environment and landscape in China through the lens of art history. In addition to the presentation, the artist guides the audience through viewing several handscrolls, albums and other works of his most recent creation.

  • Lecture "Difference Means Art"

             September 19, 2013


What does ''modern & contemporary'' ink painting mean from the perspective of the history of Chinese painting? Generations of artists have wrestled with the task of modernization of ink painting since the second-half of the nineteenth-century to the present. Q. X. Wang, a Chinese ink painter and calligrapher, confronts the challenge. Already a college professor of English literature in the U.S., he became a full-time artist in his 50s and spent decades shuttling between Eastern and Western traditions, in the quest for a new visual language based on the belief that ''Difference Means Art; Radical Difference Means Great Art'." The lecture,  co-sponsored by W&M Confucius Institute and the Department of Art & Art History, presents his unconventional expressionist works and shares insights into the long process of artistic creation. 

  • William and Mary Confucius Institute China Lecture Series in Spring 2013

These lectures are part of a new China-related interdisciplinary lecture series primarily co-sponsored by the W&M Confucius Institute and the Department of History. 

  1. Financing Empire in Southwest China: Copper, Land and Local Society, 1650-1750” by Prof. John Herman, Virginia Commonwealth University
  2. Neither Silk, nor a Road: reassessing the Impacts and Legacies of China's Eurasian Titration” by Prof. James Millward, Georgetown University
  3. Civil and Military Tensions at the Early Kangxi Court” by Prof. Michael Chang, George Mason University
  • Internationalization Grant Campus Presentation: Digital Learning in Cross Cultural Pedagogy

          April 8 and Arpil 10, 2013

W&M faculty from the Chinese program, the W&M Confucius Institute, and the School of Education will present the initial results of the 2012-2013 Reves Center Internationalization Grant, "WM-China Initiative for Film and New Media in Higher Education."
Topics covered include:

• digital story-telling for study abroad courses
• web-based assignments
• international collaboration assignments using social media
• digital media for language learning
• visual ethnography

Faculty discuss practical experience using multimedia web-based assignments in place of conventional research papers and exams. Presenters provide examples of these assignments, sample project guidelines, and feedback on student experience.

  • Confucian Classics Faculty Forum 

             April 17, 2012


W&M and its Confucius Institute partner institution, Beijing Normal University (BNU) hosted the Faculty Forum on Confucian Classics. Stephen Hanson, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of the Wendy and Emery Reves Center, gave a keynote address. Faculty presenters include T.J. Cheng, Eric Han, Yanfang Tang, Emily Wilcox, Tomoko Connolly and Xin Wu, as well as eminent scholars from BNU. In honor of the establishment of the William & Mary Confucius Institute, participants presented their research and perspectives on Chinese classics such as the Book of Changes and works by authors such as Confucius and Sun Zi (a.k.a. Sun Tzu). The forum was followed by a reception in Blow Memorial Hall, room 201, with music from Beijing Normal University folk musicians.
  • Lecture "Transnational Chinese Students and the Quest for Flexible Citizenship in the Developed World" 

             April 2, 2012


Vanessa Fong, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, was invited to talk about citizenship issues faced by transnational Chinese students in the developed world. The lecture is co-sponsored by W&M Confucius Institute and the Asia and Middle East Studies program (AMES).

  • Lecture "Shanghai Expo and China's private Enterprises"

             March 14, 2012

Dr. Zhang Jijiao explores how the 2010 Shanghai Expo Chinese Private Enterprise Pavilion succeeded in attracting 16 top Chinese enterprises to showcase China's private sector for the world. This lecture is partly sponsored by the Reves Center for International Studies. Zhang is a Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS), and Chair of the Commission on Enterprise Anthropology, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES).
  • Lecture "Analyzing 'Shanghai Expo 2010' as a Nationally-owned Enterprise of China"

             March 12, 2012


This lecture by Zhang Jijiao is co-sponsored by W&M's Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES). In this lecture, Professor Zhang explores Shanghai Expo 2010 as a nationally-owned enterprise, and even used it as a symbol of China's national economy.