Sunday, May 20, 2012

"Stanford University's Confucius Institute"--Talk by Prof. Sun Chaofen and Prof. Wang Ban

Stanford University’s Confucius Institute – Its Birth,
The Arrangement- The Present- The Future
May 20, 2012
6:15 – Potluck Dinner - Optional
7:30 – 9 PM – Speakers Prof. Sun and Prof. Wang – Free
Sunny View Senior Community, Community Center Room
22445 Cupertino Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
(one block north of Stevens Creek Blvd., on Foothill Expressway)
Respond to Dana Eaton by May 16, 2012
Sun Chaofen

Sun, Chao Fen (Suen Chiu Fun), originally from Hong Kong, received his undergraduate education at East China Normal University in Shanghai, MA from University of Oregon, and Ph.D in Linguistics from Cornell University. Since 1991, he has been teaching at Stanford University as assistant professor, associate professor and professor and chaired the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures for six years and served as director of Stanford Center for East Asian Studies. He is currently serving a three-year term of Yangtze Scholar 江学者 at Beijing Language and Culture University, appointed by the Ministry of Education, PRC. Prof. Sun as Director of Stanford’s Dept. of East Asian Language and Culture was instrumental in bringing the Confucius Institute to Stanford, 2009.

Wang Ban

Wang, Ban is the William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies at Stanford University and the Yangtze River Chair Professor at East China Normal University. He is currently chairperson of the Departments of Asian Languages and Cultures.  He was a research fellow with the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2000 and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 2007. He has taught at Beijing Foreign Studies University, SUNY-Stony Brook, Harvard University, Rutgers University, Seoul National University, and E. China Normal University. Prof. Wang recently edited the book, Words and Their Stories: Essays on the Language of the Chinese Revolution.

Confucius Institute at Stanford University focuses on research and teaching Chinese language and culture. Chinese has become the second most popular foreign language at Stanford University. This is evidence of a growing interest among students in Chinese language and culture. To encourage research on the graduate level, each year the Institute will award a fellowship to one to three graduate students currently enrolled in their Chinese program.

The Confucius Institute at Stanford University is a partnership between Stanford, Peking University, one of China’s top research universities, and Hanban, an administrative arm of the Ministry of Education in China.