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Fall 2015 Ended with CI Lectures, K-12 Chinese Teachers Workshop and More
January 4, 2016

The CI co-sponsored four lectures in the fall semester, which attracted more than 200 USF and community members. They include the following:

Screening the documentary “Finding Samuel Lowe” and lecture by Paula Madison on September 10 at USF Concert Hall (co-sponsored with Your Real Stories and USF School of Theatre and Dance).  “Finding Samuel Lowe” is a wonderful story of the Chinese-Jamaican-American experience. More information is available at

The CI also had a number of events in the fall including co-sponsoring the USF International Festival on November 19, a 3-week Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) class on Chinese history, and the performance of VSA special artists on October 16 that brought hundreds of participants to Theatre 2.

CI lecture and demonstration on the “Classical Chinese Hand Dance” by Dr. Liu Yan from Beijing on October 13 (co-sponsored with USF School of Theatre and Dance). The lecture is based on her dissertation “Hand Dance – A Study on Chinese Classical Hand Dance” (published in 2014). Dr. Liu is a top Chinese performing artist/dancer who was injured by mechanical failure at the 2008 Beijing Olympic opening.

Lecture on “English Language Testing in China” on November 3 by Dr. Mingjian Zhang, Associate Director of the CI and professor of Qingdao University. The lecture was beneficial to the USF graduate students in applied linguistics and co-sponsored by the Department of World Languages.

CI lecture on “Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): A Holistic Approach to Health” by Prof. LIU Li from Gansu TCM University on November 16 (co-sponsored with USF College of Public Health). To meet the needs of USF and community members, the CI and COPH co-sponsors a non-credit class “An Introduction to TCM” taught by Prof. Liu on Fridays starting on January 22 at 10:30am-12:00pm, for 12 weekly sessions.

The CI co-sponsored a teacher professional development workshop with the Pinellas County Public School on October 31. After the welcome remarks from the co-sponsors (Kun Shi from the CI and Pamela Benton from the school district), we had two keynote speakers from USF: Dr. Eric Shepherd (on constructing optimal learning environments) and Dr. Xizhen Qin (on motivating American students to learn Chinese), followed by Ms. Tong Sun (on effective evaluation of students’ performance). After lunch, all participants shared useful teaching strategies and resources. Seventeen K-12 teachers and six others participated in this workshop.