confucius institute

Learning China: Establishing a Global Context

A Seminar on Teaching about China

Date: October 8, 2016 (Saturday)
Location: Massry Center for Business - Room 141
Registration: Please RSVP to by Oct. 5, 2016 (Wednesday) to register.

*Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for this event. Parking pass will be provided to off-campus visitors upon request.


China’s place as one of humanity’s sophisticated civilizations and its contemporary role in international affairs makes it an important object of study for today’s students. At the same time, for teachers educating students coming of age in the twenty-first century United States, it provides a case study for how to learn about foreign cultures in general.

To assist teachers in integrating “China” into their various curricula (whether history, literature, or social studies), the University at Albany Confucius Institute for China’s Culture and the Economy has organized a one day seminar led by scholars working in various fields that will address the goals of integrating China into curricula and techniques for introducing students to Chinese cultural content. The seminar leaders will address both pedagogical issues and offer concrete examples to illustrate the educational value of the education about China.

Program Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.      Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.      Opening Remarks (Directors of the Confucius Institute)

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.     Session One
                                “China as Living Text and Moving Picture: Learning about China through
                                Literature and Film”
                                Jeffrey Richey, Berea College

10:30-10:45 a.m.     Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.   Session Two
                                “Why the West Needs (to Know) China”
                                Rebecca Bates, Berea College

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.      Session Three
                                “Knowing and Showing: Mapping knowledge in early modern China and
                                Kenneth Hammond, New Mexico State University

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.      Coffee Break

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.      Session Four
                                “The Burden of Historical Memory: The Logic of Chinese Politics”
                                Robert Foster, Berea College

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.       Unstructured Discussion
                                Facilitator: Anthony DeBlasi, University at Albany