Three CI Lectures Completed in the Fall Semester of 2016
December 2, 2016

The USF Confucius Institute (CI) continued the tradition of providing three or more lectures each semester. In this semester, we had a very special guest speaker from the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and two professors from USF.

The first CI lecture was delivered on September 2 by Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, President of MTSU and senior advisor to the CI Headquarters. The lecture is based on his numerous visits to China and his special insights into the Chinese society. He produced many professional photographs about China. Some of them appeared in his 2012 book China through the Eyes of an American University President. USF President Genshaft, Provost Wilcox and Vice President Brindley all praised President McPhee’s contribution to our understanding of China and the Chinese people. Nearly a hundred students and community members attended the lecture. Some students were deeply touched by President McPhee’s stories and said they want to visit China. During the following two weeks, the USF-CI also sponsored President McPhee’s photo exhibition, “People and Places of China,” at the USF Centre Gallery.

On October 3, Dr. Johnhenry Gonzalez of the USF History Department spoke on “Social History in Chinese Porcelain.” He demonstrated some of his collections and numerous images to show how the artwork indelibly preserved through this decorative medium provides opportunities to observe compelling details of the Chinese history and culture. About forty students attended.

The third CI lecture (co-sponsored with OLLI) was delivered by Dr. Chuanhai Cao from the USF Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute on November 11 at the University Village. About a hundred people, mostly senior citizens, came to the lecture on how lifestyle can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Cao has done amazing research in fighting Alzheimer’s disease for over 10 years, and discovered that natural compounds have profound function disease modification. He published the results on peer-reviewed journals, and was interviewed by local TV and CNN.

In addition, we co-sponsored a lecture on November 10 by Prof. Kirk Wang with the Ringling Museum Center for Asian Art and several local organizations. More than a hundred people attended the informative lecture about contemporary art in China.