Academic & Business Programs

Faculty Exchange: The ASU Confucius Institute promotes both academic and cultural exchange through visiting scholar programs with Sichuan University and other universities in China.

Lectures and Symposia: The Confucius Institute regularly invites scholars and professional experts to present public lectures and presentations on China-related research and business topics.

Past Events

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Confucius Institute, the School of International Letters and Culture and the Chinese Language Flagship at ASU present a talk on“汉字的历史和文化”. This talk will be given in Mandarin Chinese. Click for event poster.

Friday, February 12, 2010 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

This lecture was presented by Dr. Anna Shields, University of Maryland. Click here for poster.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 5:00pm

This lecture was presented by Dr. Paul Kroll, Professor of Chinese, University of Colorado.

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Friday, November 6, 2009 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

In July of 2007, Dr. Handel was contacted by an editor at the American Heritage Dictionary. He was seeking help in revising and improving the etymologies for the 173 words in the dictionary that can be ultimately traced back to a Chinese origin, words like chopstick, ginkgo, and typhoon. The etymologies of these words touch on many fascinating questions concerning word history and the interaction of Chinese with other languages. In this presentation, Dr. Handel will give examples of some of the words in the dictionary with Chinese etymologies, and discuss the delights and challenges that they present to the etymologist. A handout listing 25 etymologies will be circulated before the presentation; attendees are encouraged to examine it beforehand and bring questions and comments for discussion. Download event flyer and Dr. Handel’s handout for his talk.