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Calendar for Spring Semester, 2015

Friday, May 29: The UW-Madison Dance Department will host a free public “Intercontinental Summer Dance Concert” Friday, starting at 6 p.m. in Lathrop Hall’s Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, 1050 University Avenue.  This event will feature a group of dance educators from China performing with UW-Madison faculty artists and dance students.  The group of educators from China are on campus for a two-week workshop, May 26-June 5 involving dance technique and lecture courses in a variety of subjects taught by dance department faculty and an end-of-class showing. For more information on summer session dance courses, along with other summer activities and events, click on the department's schedule of events.

Tuesday and Thursday, May 5 and 7: The UW-Madison Center for the Humanities will be hosting three events related to New York City-based performing artist Tehching Hsieh 謝德慶. The free public events will begin with a film screening and discussion Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m. in Elvehjem L150, of Hsieh's performance pieces including "Cage Piece" about his year living in a cage and the six minute "Time Clock," in which he clocked in every hour on the hour, and "Rope Piece," about his time connected by an eight-foot rope to a fellow performing artist. On Thursday, the artist will be in residency for a workshop discussion starting at noon in Elvehjem L170, followed by Hsieh's lecture about his work, at 7 p.m. in Elvehjem L150. These events are presented by Art + Scholarship A.W. Mellon Workshop and Visual Cultures Student Focus Group with generous support from Center for the Humanities and Associated Students of Madison. Co-sponsored by Art, Art History, Asian American Studies, English, Communication Arts, and Center for Visual Cultures.

Tuesday, May 5: Lecture on Chinese philosophy by Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor Xiaogan Liu 刘笑敢.  Professor Liu's talk, "Laozian Sense of Social Responsibility: A modern development of Laozi's philosophy," will be held from 4-6 p.m. in Van Hise Room 1418.  The author of numerous books and articles about Daoism, Dr. Liu received his PhD from Peking University in 1985 and is the founding and honorary director of CUHK's Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture.  His talk is sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages & Literature, the Y.R. Chao Foundation, and the Wisconsin China Initiative.

Thursday, April 29: Gallery talk, 5-7 p.m. in the Chazen's Rowland Galleries on the main floor.  This event will feature UW-Madison students commenting on selected works in the exhibit, "Traditions and Innovations: The Figure in Contemporary Chinese Art." This exchibit showcases sculpture, video, paintings, photographs and more from artist studios in Beijing -- all on the theme of the human figure.
The following four art history students will be commenting on the exhibit during the gallery talk: Yiwei Huang: Junior, Art History and Personal Finance; Brianna Moritz: Senior, Interior Design and Art History; Mary Sedarous: Senior, Japanese, International Studies, and East Asian Studies; and Joshua Warwick: Junior, Political Science and East Asian Studies Certificate.

Monday, April 27:Rice University Historian Tani Barlow will be offering a free public lecture starting at 4 p.m. in Van Hise Room 494. Her talk, "Qu Qiubai Translates Social Science," will discuss how the views of Qu Qiubai (1899-1935) influenced the formation of China's Communist Party. Prof. Barlow is the Chao Professor of Asian History and Inaugural Director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University in Texas. This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Wisconsin China Initiative.

Thursday, April 23: Screening of the 2011 Taiwan video "Hometown Boy" in conjunction with the Chazen Museum of Art's current exhibition, "Tradition and Innovation: The Human Figure in Contemporary Chinese Art" (see below for more details on the exhibit). The documentary profiles the acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong, known for his paintings of ordinary people.  In 1980 Liu left his hometown of Jincheng, a small factory town in Liaoning Province, to study painting in Beijing. When he returns to his hometown he captures the changes he encounters on canvas. Artist Liu’s painting "My Egypt," pictured in the film, is in the Chazen’s exhibition. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. in the Chazen Auditorium, 750 University Avenue. 72 min., Mandarin with English subtitles. Director: Yao Hung-i, Producer: Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

SpringWednesday, April 22: Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) Academy of Art and Design Director and Professor Wang Jianzhong 王建中 will offer a free public lecture, "Contemporary Glass and Culture in China" starting at 6 p.m. in Elvehjem Room L160. Professor Wang is a noted ceramics and glass artist and educator who has created innovations in the design of the Chinese teapot and been part of numerous contemporary glass exhibits and projects. (Wang's piece at right is titled "Spring.") His lecture is sponsored by the UW-Madison Art Department and the Wisconsin China Initiative.

Friday, April 17: Ohio State University Art Historian Christina Mathison, a specialist in Taiwanese art, will be on campus to offer a lecture, "Chen Cheng-po and the Taiwan-Europe Exchange," starting at 7 p.m. in the Law School's Foley & Lardner Courtroom (room 3260). This is in conjunction with student-sponsored art exhibit, "Hues Across 23.5°N," at the Red Gym and the Madison Senior Center through April 22 (see below for more information). This exhibit showcases Chen Cheng-po (1895-1947) an artist who began his career during the era when Taiwan was under Japanese rule.

Tuesday, April 14: The East Asian Legal Studies Center is sponsoring a talk by UCLA Law Professor Alex Wang, "Chinese State Capitalism and the Environment," starting at noon in the Lubar Commons (Law School Room 7200). Lunch will be provided! Prior to joining the UCLA School of Law, Professor Wang was previously a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) based in Beijing and the founding director of NRDC's China Environmental Law & Governance Project.  In this capacity, he worked with China's government agencies, legal community, and environmental groups to improve environmental rule of law and strengthen the role of the public in environmental protection.  He helped to establish NRDC's Beijing office in 2006.  He was a Fulbright Fellow to China from 2004-2005.  His presentation Tuesday will argue that salient aspects of authoritarian governance (i.e. instrumental concerns about legitimacy and elite rent seeking) are not necessarily incompatible with the delivery of public goods, like environmental quality.  While China's state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have contributed mightily to the country's environmental problems, it is not clear whether SOEs will respond to state incentives to implement Chinese environmental policies, though there are reasons to believe SOEs may in fact be more responsive than conventional wisdom assumes.

Monday, April 13: The student organization Energy Hub will hold a discussion on China’s challenges and opportunities in sustainable development, titled "Struggles with environmental policy and sustainable development in China," located in Mechanical Engineering Room 1106, 5-7 p.m. Food will be served!  Speakers will include Edward Friedman, Emeritus professor of political science, expert in Chinese foreign policy; and Tracey Holloway, Professor of environmental studies, expert on air pollution, energy and the environment. The conversation is intended to follow up on international interest in investigative journalist Chai Jing’s documentary that went viral in China, “Under the Dome: Investigating China’s Smog.”

Monday, April 13 -- UW School of Music students will perform at the Senior Center (330 West Mifflin Street), starting at 9:30 a.m. in connection with the Chen Cheng-po art exhibit (see below for more details).

Friday, April 10 -- Symposium, "Tradition and Transformation: The Figure in Chinese Contemporary Art," 1 - 4:30 p.m. Elvehjem Room L140, 800 University Avenue. This symposium will feature a keynote lecture and roundtable discussion with artists exhibiting at the Chazen Musuem of Art (see listing below). The Keynote will be offered by Julia Andrews, Professor of Art History at The Ohio State University, "Women and Art in Twentieth Century China, A Prehistory of the Contemporary," 1-2:15 p.m. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion with painter/professor Yu Hong, and sculptor Xiang Jing, whose work is part of the current Chazen exhibit, togther with UW Professors Nicole Huang, Michael Jay McClure and Yuhang Li. This symposium was coordinated by the Chazen, the Department of Art History, the Department of East Asian Languages & Literature, and the Wisconsin China Initiative.

April 10 - July 4 -- The Chazen Museum of Art will hold an exhibition, "Tradition and Innovation: The Human Figure in Contemporary Chinese Art" featuring Liu Xiaodong, Su Xinping, Ma Shulin, Chi Peng, Li Xiangqun, Xiang Jing, Geng Xue, and others. As the Chazen gallery notes explain: "Touching on the human figure, these artists present an exhilarating snapshot of the creativity and artistic expression emanating from the Chinese art scene today." The exhibition will be held in the museum's Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries and will feature a related symposium April 10, a video April 23 and gallery talks April 30 (see separate listings for more).

Tuesday, April 7 -- The Legal Studies Workshop Series will present a talk, "Walk the Law: A negotiated legal consciousness of intellectual property rights in two Chinese markets," from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Law School's Lubar Commons (Room 7200). Lunch will be provided. This talk will be presented by UW Anthropology PhD student Lillian Hsiao-ling Su and will focus on Shanghai's Xinyang "fake market" downtown and the Haining China Leather Market 80 miles away, examining what these two markets say about the global marketplace and international property rights.

April 6 - April 22 -- The North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) and Taiwanese Undergraduate Student Organization's local chapters are sponsoring an art exhibit, "Hues Across 23.5°N," at the Red Gym and the Madison Senior Center. This exhibit showcases Chen Cheng-po (1895-1947) an artist who began his career during the era when Taiwan was under Japanese rule. Chen’s works represent a colonial intellectual’s engagement and response to the hybrid, multifaceted modernity of his time, which involves the interplay of Taiwanese local colors and transnational techniques through the artist’s border-crossing experiences in the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibit will include different sets of paintings available for viewing at the Red Gym and at the Madison Senior Center (330 West Mifflin Street). An opening ceremony will be held Monday, April 6, at the Red Gym, starting at 6 p.m. A music performance on April 13 and an academic lecture on April 17 (see separate listings for more) are scheduled in conjunction with this exhibit.

Wednesday, March 25 --Public lecture and panel on the theme of Chinese politics, literature and history. This free public event will be held in two parts, both in the Red Gym's "Maisley Media Room" (first floor), 716 Langdon Street, with free cookies and punch served at noon. The first part, scheduled from noon until 1:15 p.m., will feature University of Heidelberg Professor Pablo Ariel Blitstein's lecture, "The concept of 'political party' and Chinese reforms in the Americas, 1898-1911." Prof. Blitstein's talk will look how travel in North and South America impacted such early reformers as Kang Youwei. This lecture will be followed by a public panel on the great Chinese writer Lu Xun, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., with UW-Madison Historian Viren Murthy as the moderator and two panelists: Ghent University Professor Christian Uhl, "Lu Xun and the Social Constitution of Evolutionary Discourse," and Univ. of Chicago Dissertator Saul Thomas, "Postcolonialism, Ah Q and the Peasantry." This event is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative and the Department of History.

Wednesday, March 25 -- Paper presentation by Yao Yang (see below) to the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, "Competence versus Incentive: Evidence from City Officials in China," examining accountability and its economic impact over the last 17 years. This presentation will begin at noon in Taylor Hall, Room 103.

Yang YaoTuesday, March 24 -- Peking University Dean of the National School of Development and UW-Madison alum ('96 PhD Agricultural & Applied Economics) Yang Yao will give the spring "Red Cap" lecture on the topic of China's economic growth. This lecture, the third in the new China & Global Economics lecture series, will be held in Memorial Union's Tripp Commons (2nd Floor), starting at 4:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative and the Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics.

Friday, March 20 -- 50th anniversary and China send-off celebration concert for the UW Percussion Ensemble. This event will feature a potpourri of music from the United States, China, Mexico and Brazil, including James Latimer (UW-Madison, Emeritus Professor of Percussion) conducting Toccata for Percussion by Carlos Chavez, which was performed at the UW-Madison Percussion Ensemble’s first concert on March 5, 1965. The concert will start at 8 p.m. in the Mills Concert Hall (455 North Park Street). Tickets are $10 for adults, students free. Reception in the Mills Lobby immediately following.

Friday March 20 -- Screening of a documentary by Chai Jing,"Under the Dome: Investigating China's Smog" (柴静,雾霾调查:穹顶之下) will start at 5 p.m. at Memorial Union's "Class of 1924 Reception Room," Fourth Floor. Chinese with English subtitles. Free pizza will be served. UW Engineering professor James Schauer will offer comments following the screening.

Friday March 20 --Symposium: "The Return of the Japanese Military?" will run from 1-3:30 p.m. at Memorial Union. This event will discuss the Abe administrations' recent reinterpretation of Aricle 9, the so-called Pacifist Clause of the Japanese constitution. Panelists will include: UW-Madison faculty Edward Friedman, Political Science, and John Ohnesorge, Law, joined by Univ. of Washington East Asian Studies Lecturer Andrea Arai.  UW-Madison Historian Viren Murthy will moderate. The symposium is sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages & Literature, the Harvey Goldberg Center, the Wisconsin Experience Grant and the Wisconsin China Initiative.

Thursday, March 12 -- Free public lecture, "Ruling Before the Law: The politics of legal regimes in China and Indonesia," by Northwestern University Professor William Hurst. This event will be held from noon - 1:15 p.m. in the Lubar Commons (Room 7200) of the Law School. Sponsored by the East Asian Legal Studies Center.

Monday, Feb. 23 -- Deadline for applications to be an intern with Microsoft in China this summer. Microsoft is seeking a Program Manager Intern and a Software Development Engineer Intern. Consult the UW-Madison's International Internships website to learn more about these and other opportunities.

Saturday, Feb. 21 -- Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the UW-Madison chapter of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association! This student group will hold its annual Spring Festival Gala Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Orpheum Theater, 216 State Street. Madison's largest annual Chinese New Year celebration will feature a cultural showcase of music, dance, skits and other types of entertainment along with door prizes and more. "We have been working on it since last October and we are really looking forward to this year's event," said CSSA President Jiaqi Liu. "We also will have English subtitles for those in the audience who may not know Chinese." The Year of the Goat starts Feb. 19.

Friday, Feb. 20 -- The Chinese Language & Culture Club, in partnership with WUD Global Connections will hold a New Year Festival from 5-8 p.m. iat Memorial Union.  This party will be held in the 1924 Reception Room on the 4th Floor, and will include Chinese food, prize drawings and more. 

Friday, Feb. 20 -- The Madison chapter of Project Pengyou will hold a New Year potluck from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Pres House, 731 State Street.  Bring a favorite dish and enjoy games, dinner and more.

Thursday, Feb. 12 -- The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce's World Trade Association will hold its annual Chinese New Year celebration, 4 - 7:30 p.m. in the Milwaukee Marriott Downtown hotel. The event will feature Wisconsin China Initiative advisory board member Steve Wasser and UW-Madison Vice Provost and Dean of International Studies Guido Podestá among the speakers, along with Chinese cuisine, a traditional dragon dance performance and networking time. Registration is $15 for students, $30 for WTA members, and $45 for non-members.

Thursday, Feb. 12 -- The February meeting of the Madison International Trade Association will feature UW-Madison alum Kai Li (Computer Science, 1996), business development manager at Amazon's Madison-based Shopbop.com, among others talking about global e-commerce strategies. The luncheon event will be held at the Madison Marriott West from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Registration is $35 for students and MITA members, $50 for non-members (early bird registration rates are $25 and $40 through Feb. 3).

Wednesday, Feb 11 -- "In China, Talking about Corruption," a brown bag lunch and roundtable discussion with Melanie Manion, UW-Madison professor of public affairs and political science. This event, sponsored by the Madison Chapter of Project Pengyou, will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the LaFollette School of Public Affairs Conference Room.

Friday, Jan. 30 -- Screening of an independent video project, "My 'Foreign' Roommate: Muge & Katherine," by UW-Madison alumni. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. in the Industry (3rd Floor) room of Union South. Channel C founders Si "Cecilia" Miao, Muge "Isabelle" Niu and Fangdi Pan are launching this new film series about two roommates from different cultures finding common ground. The trio will be available for discussion after the screening. This event is sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative and the UW-Madison chapter of Project Pengyou.

Friday, Jan. 30 -- Chinese Table resumes for the spring semester. Chinese language learners and native speakers are welcome at this regular session, sponsored by the Chinese Language and Culture Club (CLACC) student organization. Chinese Table is held in the Humanities building starting at 4:30 p.m. each Friday. Newcomers should head to room 2619, where club officers will direct them to the table that best fits their speaking abilities.

Friday, Jan. 30 -- Deadline to apply for the following Summer 2015 study abroad programs: Global GatewaGlobalGatewayy in Shanghai fully-funded program led by UW-Madison Professor Mark Meulenbeld (online application, essay, transcript; open to freshmen and sophomores, requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA); Chinese Culture, Art, Design and Fengshui in Beijing and beyond, led by UW Professor Wei Dong (online application, passport page and transcript; open to sophomores and up, requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA); Environmental History of China, led by UW Advisor Dreux Montgomery (online application, transcript; open to freshmen and up, requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA); Intensive Chinese Language in Tianjin, led by UW Professor Hongming Zhang (online application, transcript, passport photos and other application forms - see website for details; open to freshmen and up, requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 3.0 in any Chinese language courses).



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