Dixie Forum on Chinese calligraphy, its art, tradition; new Confucius Institute at DSU

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State University’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” lecture series continues Tuesday at noon with a special presentation on the art and tradition of Chinese calligraphy by Cao Shanhua and Professor Jiangwei Li, director of the DSU branch of the University of Utah’s Confucius Institute. The forum will be held in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSU campus. All are welcome, there is no charge.

On Monday night, a special event introducing the new DSU branch of the U of U’s Confucius Institute will be held at 7 p.m. in the Zion Room of the DSU Holland Centennial Commons building. All are welcome. Remarks will be delivered by Shanhua, Li, DSU President Stephen Nadauld and DSU Academic Vice President William Christensen.

Shanhua is a member of the Tianjin Calligrapher Association and the Yinglian Society of China and is a teacher at the Dayunhe Academy of Painting and Calligraphy. He has earned several prestigious awards for his work, including first place in the 2012 “Tianjin Spirit” calligraphy competition, a 2011 recognition award at the “Long Star Cup,” a 2010 recognition award at the “Double Top Ten” calligraphy exhibition and first place in the 2006 “Fifth Calligraphy and Seals Exhibition.”

Li worked as a Chinese teacher and assistant director at the Woosong University Confucius Institute in Korea for a year. She has also been recognized as an outstanding Chinese teacher by the Confucius Institute.

The remainder of the fall Dixie Forum schedule is as follows. All forums will be held Tuesdays at noon in the Dunford Auditorium.

  • Oct. 8 – No forum (DSU fall break)
  • Oct. 15 – “Survival and Stability in a Rural Canadian Community” with Dr. Mark Jeffreys, DSU associate professor of integrated studies
  • Oct. 22 – “Spider Silk Research” with Dr. Randy Lewis, USTAR professor of biology at Utah State University
  • Oct. 29 – “War, Terrorism and the Future” with DSU faculty member Shadman Bashir
  • Nov. 5 – “The Billionaires Classroom” with financial consultant Dana Telford
  • Nov. 12 – “Of Sonnets and Subphylums: How Poetry Survives (or Dies) in a Scientific World” with Bryce Christensen, Southern Utah University associate professor of English
  • Nov. 19 – “The History and Story of the St. George Marathon” with Debbie Zockoll

Event details and contact information

  • When: Sept. 30, 7 p.m. (introductory event), Oct. 1, noon (lecture)
  • Where: Dunford Auditorium, Browning Resource Center (lecture), Zion Room, Holland Centennial Commons (introductory event), DSU campus
  • Contact: John Burns – 435-879-4712 or burns@dixie.edu

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