2015 Events

Exciting things happened at the Confucius Institute at Mason during 2015!

The Confucius Institute at Mason organizes and sponsors a variety of events on campus and in the community highlighting Chinese culture, artists, and performers. Activities have included performances by acrobats and musicians from China and lectures by renown scholars on Confucian philosophy, Chinese calligraphy, historical reflections, and current affairs. The events below took place during 2015.

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Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition
A Virginia Scholar’s Collection
Sept. 10 – Oct. 23, 2015
Art and Design Building
Fine Arts Gallery
George Mason University Fairfax
Mon. – Sat. 12 noon – 4 pm

The Confucius Institute at Mason and the Mason School of Art present the exhibition, Ageless Chinese Art: A Virginia Scholars’ Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, at the George Mason University Fine Arts Gallery on the Fairfax campus from Sept. 10 – Oct. 23, 2015.

Dr. Wang Chi discusses his Chinese art collection with visitorsThe exhibition features examples of Chinese paintings and calligraphic scrolls collected over the past 60 years by Dr. Chi Wang, former head of the Chinese division at the Library of Congress and professor at Georgetown University. Dating from ancient times to the 20th century, the collection features various scripts styles and schools of Chinese paintings styles incorporating naturalistic and landscape themes, as well as calligraphy from important historical figures in China’s history.

Prof Carma Hinton introduces artworks to studentsAn academic panel discussion and opening reception were held on Thursday Sept. 10. Academic experts spoke on the subject of “Chinese Art: History,
Development and Appreciation” and included Dr. Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, George Mason University; Dr. Michael Chang, Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University; and Dr. Chi Wang, Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University.

Panel Discussion Flyer
Press Release
Fine Arts Gallery website
Directions and campus maps


Chinese Language Club
Sept. 2 – Nov. 11, 2015
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Attend our bi-weekly Language Club gatherings to meet others interested in Chinese culture. Programs are held bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 3 – 5pm at the Confucius Institute Reading Room on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Seating is limited, but the fun is not. Come join us.

Sept. 2: Chinese Cultural Showcase
Sept. 16: Chinese Games—Chinese Chess
Sept. 30: Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
Oct. 14: Short Films from China
Oct. 28: Chinese Good Luck Knots
Nov. 11: Chinese Games—Mahjong


2015 Fall Chinese Cultural Workshops
Sept. 11 – Nov. 20, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Come join our free Chinese Cultural Workshops that are offered in English bi-weekly on Fridays at the Confucius Institute Reading Room on the Mason Fairfax campus. These one-hour workshops begin at noon and offer participants the chance to learn about different aspects of Chinese culture in an informal and interactive setting. Some workshops include hands-on activities. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended.

Sept. 11: Chinese Brush Painting
Sept. 25: Mid-Autumn Festival
Oct. 9: Chinese Calligraphy
Oct. 23: Chinese Cooking
Nov. 6: Geographical Cuisines of China
Nov. 20: Paper Cutting


Chinese Corner Language Table
Sept. 14 – Nov. 16, 2015
11:40 am – 1:10 pm

Need some help with your Chinese homework? Want to learn a few phrases for fun, but don’t want to take a class? Come learn from one of our teachers at the Chinese Corner language table on Mason’s Fairfax campus. On most Mondays from 11:40am – 1:40pm, you will find one of our teachers from Beijing Language and Culture University at the Johnson Center Kiosk who can help you.


14th Annual Chinese Bridge Speech Contest
April 25, 2015

Applications are being accepted for the northeast regional Chinese Bridge Chinese language speech contest for college-level students who are non-native speakers. The contest will be held on Saturday, April 25 at the George Mason University Lecture Hall, adjacent to the Confucius Institute at Mason. The theme for the 2015 competition is “My Chinese Dream”.

College students ages 18 – 30 years old from the following states are eligible to apply for this regional competition: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, N. Carolina, N. Dakota, S. Carolina, S. Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the Washington D.C. area. Applications are due by 3:00pm on Friday, April 3, 2015.

For more information, please click on the following links:

Chinese Bridge Speech Contest Agenda
Chinese Bridge Speech Contest information flyer
Chinese Bridge Speech Contest application form
Map of George Mason University
Driving directions to George Mason University
Best Western Hotel Fairfax room block reservation


Chinese Cultural Workshops
Feb. 6 – May 8, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Come join our free Chinese Cultural Workshops that are offered in English bi-weekly on Fridays at the Confucius Institute Reading Room on the Mason Fairfax campus. These one-hour workshops begin at noon and offer participants the chance to learn about different aspects of Chinese culture in an informal and interactive setting. Some workshops include hands-on activities. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended.

Fri, Feb. 6: Chinese Spring Festival Celebration
Fri, Feb. 20: Erhu—China’s Traditional String Musical Instrument
Fri, Mar. 6: Chinese Handkerchiefs
Fri, Mar. 27: Old Brush, New Play—Having Fun with Chinese Arts
Fri, Apr. 10: Those Little Things About Tea
Fri, Apr. 24: Do You Know the Chinese Abacus?
Fri, May 8: Chinese Wing Chun Martial Arts

Also come join us to celebrate Mason’s International Week:
Mon. Apr. 13 Chinese Calligraphy – Write Your Name in Chinese!


Chinese Language Buddy
Feb.11 – Apr. 29, 2015
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Attend our bi-weekly Language Buddy gatherings to meet others interested in Chinese culture. Programs are held bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 3 – 5pm at the Confucius Institute Reading Room on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Seating is limited, but the fun is not. Come join us.

Wed, Feb. 11: Celebrate Chinese New Year
Wed, Feb. 25: Chinese Games
Wed, Mar. 18: Paper-cutting
Wed, Apr. 1: Sing Chinese Songs
Wed, Apr. 15: Chinese Good Luck Knots
Wed, Apr. 29:  Let’s Do Tai Chi


Characters, Letters and Art Design Exhibition
Feb. 5 – Mar. 8, 2015

An exhibition of prints and paintings integrating Chinese characters, English letters and imagery will be showcased at the George Mason University Arlington campus. Organized by the Confucius Institute at Mason, the exhibition features artworks by students and professors from George Mason University and Beijing Language and Culture University and is presented in cooperation with the George Mason University School of Art, Mason Printmakers Guild, and AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) student group at Mason. The exhibition explores how Chinese characters and English letters can be used as elements in art and design and provides new perspectives on the integration of language with graphic arts.

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