Miami Dade College

Confucius Institute

CI Lecture Series

The Confucius Institute Lecture Series brings scholars and public figures from a wide–array of disciplines to share their scholarly work with faculty, staff, students and the larger community in an interactive format. The lectures are offered on a regular basis throughout the year and create a rich ground for cross–cultural intellectual engagement between China and its American counterparts.

Past Confucius Institute Lecture Series events include:
Dr. Keith Lowe on Chinese migration to the Caribbean (Feb 16, 2013)

The 2nd Annual Mini–Conference on Chinese Migration to the Caribbean Basin took place at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus and featured the lecture “Chinese Communities in Central America” by Dr Keith Lowe, the documentary film “Cane Reapers become Shop Keepers: “Chiney Shop” by Jeanette Kong, a talk on “Major Projects by China Corporations” and a roundtable discussion that featured the CI’s director, Dr Jim Yu, as one of its panelists. The forum was sponsored by the Miami Chinese Culture Foundation (MCCF) and the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College.

Dr. Xuejun Yu on Confucius and his educational philosophy (May 30, 2012)

On May 30, 2012, the director of the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College, Dr. Jim Yu, gave a lecture with the title “What can you learn from Confucius on Education?” The lecture was open to the entire campus and it was held as an event to honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Mr. Zhong Zhao on the Chinese “Big West” and environmental challenges (March 8, 2012)

On March 8, 2012, the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College hosted environmentalist Zhong Zhao, one of Time magazine’s 2009 “Heroes of the Environment,” to share the work that he and his colleagues have conducted focusing on environmental education, water pollution monitoring, eco–agriculture, wetland conservation, disaster management, and volunteer development. His lectures took place at three of MDC’s campuses and were free to the public.

Chinese writers Yu Hua, Yan Lianke, Hong Ying and Zhu Li on The Role of Literature and the Arts in Contemporary Chinese Culture (Nov 18, 2011)

As part of the Miami Book Fair International, the Confucius Institute sponsored a panel discussion, comprised of many of China’s most prominent and in some cases controversial authors, for the presentation of a fascinating image of contemporary China. Featured speakers included Jiang Bing, the Secretary General of the China Novels Society; Yan Lianke, the author of eight novels, ten novellas, and five volumes of essays (some of which have been banned in China); Jing Yi, the principal of the Huaxia School of Traditional Culture; Zhu Wen, one of the most influential writers and film directors in contemporary China; and Yu Hua, the first Chinese writer to win the James Joyce Foundation Award. The panel was moderated by Da Chen, a leading Chinese–American memoirist, literary novelist and young–adult author, whose writing has been translated into 14 languages.

Hongxing Ye on “Contemporary Chinese Fine Arts” (September 13, 2011)

On September 13, 2011 the Confucius Institute hosted Ye Honxing, named one of China’s "top 20 emerging fine artists" at the Dragon Air Emerging Chinese Artist Awards, to deliver her lecture “Contemporary Chinese Fine Arts.” This lecture was held as part of the Chinese Harvest Moon Festival celebrations and was sponsored by the Office of International Education, the Foreign Languages Department and the ESL Program at the North Campus.

Dr. Keith Lowe on “Hakka Castles” in Chinese architecture (February 16, 2011)

On February 16, 2011, the Confucius Institute partnered with the Office of International Education host Dr. Keith Lowe for his lecture “Hakka Castles” at Miami Dade College’s North Campus. With many photographs and diagrams, Dr. Lowe explored the history and cultural significance of Hakka castle dwellings. He focused on the tulou, or round earth castles that are common to the mountainous Hakka heartland in eastern Fujian, China and showed how the architecture reflects various stages of Chinese and Hakka history and culture.