With mutual appreciation for the longstanding connections between Wesleyan College and China, the Chinese Ministry of Education, officials from the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), and Guangzhou University helped establish The Confucius Institute at Wesleyan College (CIWC) in 2012 to promote international friendship and academic and cultural exchange.
The mission of the CIWC is to promote Chinese language and culture; foster intercultural exchange with China among students, educators, and our community; serve as a resource for Chinese studies through its China Museum; and celebrate the historic connection between Wesleyan College and China in changing the lives of women through higher education and social action. In addition to providing a variety of language classes, cultural programs, and travel opportunities, the CIWC also offers access to the art, artifacts, and documents in Wesleyan’s archives that are closely related to the world renowned Soong sisters, who are Wesleyan alumnae.
Located on the first floor of the Lucy Lester Willet Memorial Library, the CIWC houses The China Museum which contains silk tapestries, oriental screens, ornate rosewood tables and chairs, porcelain objects d’art, and other Chinese art and artifacts that are a part of Wesleyan’s longstanding history with China. This museum gallery also serves as a reception area to welcome visitors and scholars from around the world.
The CIWC offers Chinese language courses for youth and adults, including Wesleyan students; summer camps in China; Chinese language and cultural art classes through The Wesleyan Academy of Lifelong Learning; faculty exchanges with Guangzhou University; and a variety of cultural performances that will showcase art, theatre, and music and celebrate holidays such as the Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival, Spring Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival.
Through a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of State Wesleyan developed an American Cultural Center at Guangzhou University in China designed to provide Chinese students and the Guangzhou community better insight into American history, philosophy, international relations, media, fine arts, community engagement, and life in America.
For information about the Confucius Institute at Wesleyan College, please contact Co-Directors:
Dr. Huichun Liu (Luca): (478) 757-2450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Director Nicholas Steneck: (478) 757-2811 or email@example.com
Museum hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5 pm
Beginners Class: 4:00-5:00pm Wednesdays
Intermediate Class: 5:00-6:00pm Tuesdays & Thursdays
Location: #208, Willet Library, Wesleyan College
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courses of these two levels will be conducted in in-person class or remotely via Zoom according to the COVID-19 regulations of Wesleyan College. The schedule may be slightly changed and will be announced at the beginning of the fall semester.
The Chinese Classes are designed for non-native speakers at the beginners & intermediate levels to establish a solid foundation of pinyin, characters and structures of the Mandarin Chinese. Communication skills, such as listening, speaking, reading and writing, will be emphasized. Games, poems, handicraft making and the Chinese culture will be introduced.
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