March 31, 2016
Each semester, the USF Confucius Institute (CI) sponsors three or more lectures about Chinese cultures and society as well as US-China relations. In spring 2016, the three CI Lectures attracted more than 200 university and Tampa Bay community members. This semester, the CI was honored to have two excellent speakers talk about US-China cooperation during World War II (by Daniel Jackson) and contemporary young Chinese artists (by professor Elisabeth Condon).
“Flying Tigers in China during WWII”
On February 25, Mr. Jackson spoke to nearly 80 USF students, faculty and community members. He presented intriguing stories with photo and video images of the American Flying Tigers working with the Chinese to fight the Japanese army in the 1940s. Based on his research, he focused on the fierce fighting against the Japanese invasion in Southwest China. (Mr. Jackson’s presentation slides are available to download here.) The Flying Tigers and US-China cooperation during WWII is a sweet memory of the two countries and peoples. After the lecture, Mr. Jackson signed one of his books (Famine, Sword, and Fire: The Liberation of South-west China in World War II; 2015) for the participants. The lecture was co-sponsored by the USF Department of History.
Mr. Jackson is a Special Operations pilot with more than 1,000 combat hours flown on more than 200 missions. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Military History and a minor in Chinese Language.
“Notes on a New Chinese Landscape”
On March 1, Professor Elisabeth Condon delivered a lecture on young Chinese artists based on her research and interviews of five well-known artists in Shanghai and Beijing. (The research was partially funded by a grant of the Confucius China Studies Program provided by the CI Headquarters.) The artists are WANG Xin, LU Zhengyuan, GAO Lei, ZHAO Yiqian, and BI Rongrong. Prof. Condon discussed the influence of their creative art and their challenge during the transition of contemporary China. The interviews were published by the ArtFile Magazine and PlaySpace Magazine. The lecture had almost 100 attendees and is co-sponsored by the USF School of Art and Art History.
Prof. Condon is very popular among the art students at USF; she is also a well-known visual artist/painter with studios in New York and Miami. For more information about her work, visit <” href=”http://www.elisabethcondon.com/”>http://www.elisabethcondon.com
The third lecture on the Diversity of Chinese Cultures was given by Kun Shi on February 22 at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. The lecture was co-sponsored by the USFSM Global Engagement Office and nearly 30 people participated.