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Spring Semester 2017 Schedule

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 (Moved from January 18 due to UI Campus Closure)

Choral Music in the People's Republic of China

Guest Presenter: Michael Murphy, Ph.D.
Whitewater Room – Idaho Commons Building
12:30 p.m. | Free Admission

In relative terms, choral music in China is still a recent phenomenon. This presentation will explore music, trends and personalities that have been influential in the development of choral music in China since the 1920’s.

Michael Murphy is director of choral activities and associate professor of music at the University of Idaho where he conducts choral ensembles, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, choral literature, choral techniques and administers the masters in choral conducting program. Recently, Michael was recognized with the University of Idaho Mid-Career Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship, teaching and engagement.

Michael Murphy serves as an active adjudicator and clinician for workshops, festivals, honor choirs and clinics and his international conducting experiences include Austria, China, Czech Republic, Sweden and Germany. In 2016, Michael was awarded the Confucius Institute Understanding China Fellowship and served as Visiting Scholar to Sun Yat-sen University, South China University of Technology, and Guangzhou University of Foreign Studies. Michael conducted American choirs in Beijing, Tianjin, and Qinhuangdao during the summer of 2007. Murphy has been published several times in Choral Journal and is a contributing author to volume 4 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir scheduled to be published by GIA in 2017.

As an active member, he has held several state and national leadership positions in American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, National Collegiate Choral Organization and other professional organizations. As a passionate champion of music for all, Michael has had experience teaching all ages and levels and several auditioned and non-auditioned community and church choirs.

Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy, Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Guest Presenter: Lianne Wappett
Crest Room – Idaho Commons Building (Please note the room change for this event.)
12:30 p.m. | Free Admission

Presentation title and abstract to be announced, please check back.

Lianne Wappett is a visual designer and artist who teaches at the University of Idaho in the School of Journalism and Mass Media. Her areas of expertise include creative concepting, brand strategy, identity design, copy writing, digital experiences, public relations and marketing campaigns. Her work has been exhibited in MANA Contemporary and at the International Sculpture Center. Recently she received a fellowship to study contemporary art and design in Beijing and Xi’an, China. Her research investigates the cultural connections and affective atmospheres art and design generate in Asian communities.

Lianne Wappett
Lianne Wappett

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Guest Presenter: Mary Ellen Brewick
Whitewater Room – Idaho Commons Building
12:30 p.m. | Free Admission

Chinese Student Mobility: Trends Around the USA and at the University of Idaho

This session will explore some of the recent trends in Chinese student mobility in the USA and at the University of Idaho. Using data from the Open Doors Report issued annually from the Institute of International Education as well as University of Idaho enrollment data, discussion will focus on the recent growth of Chinese student enrollment, challenges that this has presented and opportunities for future engagement. We will also discuss some of the efforts to recruit and serve Chinese students that the University of Idaho has pursued over the last several years. 

Mary Ellen Brewick is the Director of International Marketing and Recruitment for the University of Idaho. Her area is charged with promoting the University of Idaho around the world and recruiting students to the American Language and Culture Program, undergraduate degree programs and graduate degree programs. She earned her Bachelor's in Political Science from the University of South Dakota and her Masters in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota. After living in Denmark, Scotland, Japan and China, Mary Ellen now enjoys living in Moscow, Idaho-hiking, gardening and baking with her partner and 2 young daughters.

Mary Ellen Brewick
Mary Ellen Brewick

Previous China on the Palouse Events

Confucius - The First Teacher

An introduction to Confucius and his contributions to Chinese Thought and Culture.
Guest Presenter: Robert Snyder

Laozi and Daoism - The Way of Harmony

An introduction to Laozi and Daoism and their relation to Confucius and Chinese culture.
Guest Presenter: Robert Snyder

San Jiao - A Chinese Integral Approach

An introduction to the philosophical interplay of Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist thought in Chinese history and culture.
Guest Presenter: Robert Snyder

Kungfu & Chinese Culture

Guest Presenter: Professor Yingzhi Li
Southwest University of China

Genesee Valley Daoist Hermitage

Guest Presenter: Charlotte Sun

An Introduction to Beautiful Chinese Cuisines

Guest Presenter: Yinghao Wang

American Wanderlust in the Middle Kingdom

Guest Presenter: Matthias Fostvedt

Chinese Elements in Visual Design: What Can We See in the Culture of China?

Guest Presenter: Professor Yong Zang
Chair of the Department of Creativity and Design, College of Art and Design, Jiangsu University of Technology

The Chinese in Idaho

Guest Presenter: Dr. Priscilla Wegars
Volunteer Curator, Asian American Comparative Collection, University of Idaho

Chinese Funerary Customs in Idaho and the West

Guest Presenter: Mr. Terry Abraham
Historian, Idaho Humanities Council

Chinese in Peril: The Massacre in Hells Canyon

Guest Presenter: Mr. Gregory Nokes
Author, Historian

The Development of Advertisement Science from the Perspective of Database and Computation

Guest Presenter: Prof. Chunlin Duan
Vice Dean, School of Mass Media, South China University of Technology

Dragon multinationals in the United States: Spatial diffusion, locational determinants, and strategic implications for the State of Idaho

Guest Presenter: Haifeng Liao, Ph.D.
Department of Geography, University of Idaho

Open Innovation in China: The Evolving Landscape for New Product Development

Guest Presenter: Sanjay Sisodiya, Ph.D.
Department of Business, University of Idaho

For more information on the China on the Palouse series, please contact the Confucius Institute at 208-885-7110.

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