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USF-CI Lecture Series Completed for the Fall Semester 2013
December 5, 2013

We provide at least three CI lectures each semester for the USF and Tampa Bay communities. This semester, we sponsored four lectures about the art, history and the diversity of Chinese cultures. We reached a combined audience of nearly five hundred.

Professor Elisabeth Condon

On September 24, Professor Elisabeth Condon delivered the CI Lecture based on her experience with the Chinese art and her profession as an art professor at USF. Prof. Condon was inspired by the Chinese scrolls and their legacy of traveling perspective and rhythms. She had personal art shows in New York, Beijing and Miami, and her artwork is in permanent collection at the US Embassy in China. Her fascinating talk attracted more than 120 students and faculty, with some people standing against the wall.

Dr. Xinru Liu

On October 31, Dr. Xinru Liu gave a CI Lecture based on her book, The Silk Road in World History (Oxford University Press, 2010). Dr. Liu is a history professor from the College of New Jersey and associated with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Her lecture demonstrates that the world had been linked through economic and ideological forces (due to the transcontinental Silk Road exchanges) long before the modern era.

On November 1 and 18, the CI Director Kun Shi gave two lectures on the diversity of Chinese cultures and beliefs. The first was for a group of senior citizens (about 70 participants), co-sponsored with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The second lecture was co-sponsored with the Center for International Programs of St. Petersburg College, and was video streamed to the students and faculty at its three campuses. The event enhanced the CI partnership with St. Petersburg College and helped pave the way for a Chinese program there. For an outline of the presentation, click here.