Passports are now available in the Centre for Global Competency, room 137 in the Nigh University Center. You may also pick up a passport at any of the events listed below.
Unless otherwise specified, all events are free and open to the public as well as to the UCO community.
You can view the list of events in calendar format if you prefer.
August 25, Chambers Library 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Passport to Passport UCO. Learn more about the Passport program and what it can offer you this semester, and enjoy a travel documentary about Beijing just as the Beijing Olympics wind down.
Online extra: View amazing photos of Beijing architecture from Yahoo! news.
August 27, Pegasus Theater (Lib Arts building) 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Frontline's documentary Young & Restless in China is a portrait of nine young Chinese citizens over the course of four years, examining their lives as they navigate through a country that changes daily. They are westernized, ambitious--and torn between their culture and their aspirations. Set to a soundtrack of Chinese rock and hip-hop music, the film presents an in-depth look at what it means to be young and Chinese today.
Enter the Passport UCO essay contest and win a $200 tuition waiver.
September 3, Troy Smith Lecture Hall (Business building) 2:00-3:15 p.m.: "Doing Business in China." Doug Donald, our speaker, has been in international business for more than 25 years, in Eastern Europe after its economic transformation and in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and now China. He currently works for SERA, an Oklahoma-based importer and wholesaler of tens of thousands of products. This presentation will focus on the reason for his shift in focus from Japan and finally to China, his experiences of different cultures' impact on business, and his perception of what kinds of opportunities there are out there for America's college graduates.
September 4, 11, 18, and 25, and October 2, Wellness Center room 127, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Healthy Campus Initiative lecture series. The September lectures will feature guest lecturers to speak about the following: 1) healthy choices and Chinese food; 2) alternative medicines originating from China, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine; 3) issues involved in the adoption of Chinese orphans; and 4) a Tai Chi workshop, with an emphasis on the body/spirit connection. The October 2 event will be a panel discussion with Paralympic athletes who will have recently returned from the Olympic Games. Look for flyers and posters, and watch Centralities for further information on the invited speakers.
September 10, Chambers Library ground floor 2:00-2:50 p.m. Dr. Xiao-Bing Li of UCO's Department of History and Geography will speak on "China Rising: Friend or Foe?" In November, Dr. Li will head up a team-taught one-credit-hour weekend History course, "China Today," on two successive Saturdays, Nov. 8 and 15. In June, he will
lead UCO students on a study tour to China! For further information, contact Dr. Li at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The September 10 presentation is co-sponsored by Friends of the Library.
September 12, Plunkett Park 6:00-7:30 The traditional Chinese Moon Festival is for children of all ages. Free goodies! Martial arts! Magicians! Witness the famous dragon dance! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs.
September 16, Pegasus Theater 2:00-3:15 p.m. Brian Hearn, the film curator of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, will screen and lead a discussion of "The Blood of Yingzhou District," which won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short
Subject. The film follows a year in the life of children in the remote villages of China's Anhui Province who lost their parents to AIDS, and shows how traditional
obligations to family and village collide with terror of the disease. This film was instrumental in bringing about reforms in how AIDS is viewed and treated in the
September 24, Pegasus Theater 1:00-1:50 and 3:30-6:00 p.m. (two separate events). At 1:00 Dr. Wayne Stein of UCO's English department will give a presentation on the recent film The Forbidden Kingdom, which features legendary Kung Fu stars
Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Dr. Stein will trace the connections between the film's treatment of traditional Taoist and Buddhist literature and its use of allusions to classic
Kung Fu movies. At 3:30, the film Forbidden Kingdom itself will be screened, with another, much briefer, introduction by Dr. Stein. B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your
September 30, Pegasus Theater 2:00-4:30 p.m. Members of UCO's Department of History and Geography will speak on the geographical and sociological effects of the enormous Three Gorges project on the Yangtze River, a hydroelectric power dam that has so far displaced some 1.3 million people. The lecture will be followed by celebrated filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke's 2006 movie Still Life,
a fictional story that focuses on two people whose lives have been affected by the Three Gorges dam project. Still Life was the winner of the grand prize at the
2006 Venice Film Festival, and it received outstanding reviews.
October 1, Chambers Library room 108 noon-2:40 p.m. and 3:00-5:40 p.m. Chinese Art workshop. Luke Ruan, a UCO alumnus who now runs an art studio in Dallas, will lead hands-on workshops co-sponsored by two "Visual Art for Elementary Teachers" classes. In each section of the class, Mr. Ruan will discuss and demonstrate Chinese motifs and methods, and explain the relationship between Chinese painting, calligraphy, and seal carving. After a step-by-step discussion of how Chinese paintings are put together, workshop participants will be invited to try a hands-on experience of painting in the Chinese manner themselves.
October 2, Pegasus Theater 7:30-9:00 p.m. "The Rough Road to the Future: China's Pluralistic Politics in the 21st Century." Dr. Kenneth Hammond of New Mexico State University's History department will speak on contemporary Chinese politics, the direction in which today's China seems to be going, and the effects of the country's millennia-long history on its current political situation. Professor Hammond, who just returned from Beijing this Fall, is past president of the Society for Ming Studies. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Association for Asian Studies and he is a celebrated lecturer on Chinese history and culture. The Teaching Company
commissioned a series of 36 lectures from him (available for checkout in the Chambers Library) on the subject From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History.
October 7, Constitution Hall 7:00-8:50 p.m. Dr. Henry Lee, one of the top Forensics specialists in the United States today and one of the primary investigators of over 6,000 cases--many of them very famous--will speak on his life and work. Dr. Lee began his career as a Captain in the Taipei Police Headquarters, Taiwan. This presentation is sponsored by UCO's Forensic Science Institute. Dr. Lee is Founder and Professor of the Forensic Science Program at the University of New Haven, editor of seven academic journals, and the author/co-author of 30 books and over 300 articles. Visit Dr. Lee's website.
October 7, Pegasus Theater 11:00-11:50 a.m. "U.S.-China Foreign Policy
and the November Election." Dr. Louis Furmanski, Chair of UCO's Political
Science Department, will lead a discussion on the challenges in store for
America's next President, and examine both candidates' positions on key foreign
October 8, Nigh University Center Food Court 2 p.m. "Ancient Meets Urban." UCO's Fashion Marketing
and Global Diversity and Protocol students will present a fashion show focused on traditional Chinese attire, and contemporary clothing inspired by it.
October 10, Pegasus Theater 1:00-1:50 p.m. "Ancient Feelings & Incomplete Journeys: A Chinese Woman Poet at the End of the Eighteenth Century." Dr. Richard Serrano of Rutgers University's Comparative Literature department will discuss Sun Yunfeng, who was considered the most accomplished female disciple of Yuan Mei, the greatest Chinese poet of the 18th century. Some of her poems evoke her travels around China, which were extensive for anyone of the time, let alone a woman. Dr.
Serrano's research on Chinese literature examines representations of women reading, discussing and writing poetry in novels, plays and the visual arts; analyzes the appropriation of Confucian
traditions of exemplary women by the Manchu Qing Dynasty; considers the contemporary debates over the purpose and extent of women's education; documents the
resurgence of interest in women poets of the past; and, most importantly, translates poetry never before rendered into English in order to evaluate its place within the
2500-year tradition of Chinese poetry.
October 14, Howell Hall room 201, 7:30-9:00 p.m. "Dancing with Fireworks and Gunpowder." Dr. David von Minden of UCO's Chemistry department will speak on the origin and inner workings of ancient fireworks, as invented by the Chinese for religious and military purposes in the second century B.C.E.
Online extra: See the biggest fireworks finale ever captured on YouTube. The show took place in Hong Kong on July 1, 2007, celebrating the tenth anniversary of
the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) as part of China.
October 21, Pegasus Theater 7:00-8:50 p.m. Mr. Boo Meets Pom Pom. The third movie in the Pom Pom slapstick comedy series from the 1980s. The Chinese title of the film means "supernaturally brave artillery," but here it's ironic: the two "heroes" are inept police officers along the lines of the Pink Panther series' Inspector Clousseau. Michael Hui, who plays the brilliant but domestically-challenged forensic investigator Mr. Boo, later found TV fame as the host of Hong Kong's version of Deal or No Deal. In this film, the Pom Pom duo teams up with Mr. Boo to win back the affections of his beautiful wife, who is being wooed by a dashing millionaire.
Online extra: Watch the film's trailer (without subtitles) on YouTube.
October 22, Pegasus Theater Lobby noon-12:50 p.m. Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony. Join the Abbess and nuns of Oklahoma City's Buddha Mind Monastery. There are only seven branches of this Taiwanese Zen monastery in the United States, and we're lucky enough to have one right here in our own back yard.
October 22, Pegasus Theater 1:00-1:50 p.m. “Experience Cha'n! A Brief Introduction to Chinese Cha'n (Zen) Buddhism.”
Zen meditation, known as “Cha'n” in Chinese, originated in India and flourished in China around 700 A .D, especially after the great Sixth Patriarch Hui-Neng. Since then it has provided spiritual nourishment for many great zen masters and countless people. Buddha Mind Monastery is from the traditional Chinese Linji lineage. Jian Mao, Abbess of Buddha Mind Monastery, will
discuss the origins and traditions of the monastery. Jian Mao is a Chinese descendant who graduated from Sichuan University, China, with a doctorate degree in Religious Studies majoring in Chinese Buddhism.
October 28, Y-Chapel of Song 7:30 p.m. "Songs of China." UCO's School of Music faculty will perform a selection of music with lyrics that are translations of the works of Chinese poets.
October 29, Jazz Lab 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Department of Modern Languages presents its annual Talent Show. Food will be available for purchase from Hideaway Pizza, next door (they'll deliver right to your table). Enjoy the aesthetic and educational delights of the China display in the lobby.
October 30, Pegasus Theater 3:00-5:30 p.m. Huoze ("To Live") is considered one of the greatest Chinese films ever made, sometimes compared with the American film Gone With the Wind. Produced in 1994, just five years after the infamous Tiananmen Square student massacre, this is the story of a family struggling through the cultural and political turmoil of four tumultuous decades. If you want to understand the impact of recent Chinese history, this is the film to help you do so. The director,
Yimou Zhang, also produced the critically acclaimed movies Raise the Red Lantern and House of Flying Daggers and, most recently, Curse of the Golden
Flower, the biggest box-office hit in China in the year 2006.
November 1, CBA (Communications Building) room 120 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dr. Wei Chen, Assistant Dean of UCO's College of Math and Science and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, will give a presentation and demonstration on Chinese traditional music for the reed flute and stringed instruments. If you are only familiar with Professor Chen in the office or in the lab, here's your chance to meet with him in a very different setting, and to learn about China's musical history at the same time!
November 3, Liberal Arts room 140 noon-12:50 p.m. "P'u Songling's Sexy Supernaturals: Foxy Ladies and Things that Go Bump in the Night." In case you're still in the Halloween spirit, Dr. Susan Spencer of UCO's English department will discuss ghost stories as told by the 17th-century author P'u Songling. P'u adapted traditional stories of ghosts and "fox spirits" for an adult audience--sometimes, a very adult audience--and his versions have influenced modern China's literary and film culture.
November 5, Melton Gallery (Art building), 3:30-4:45 p.m. The Terra Cotta Warriors of Qin Shi Huan Di. If you saw The Mummy III this fall, you are familiar with a fictional version of first emperor of China and his "mummy army." The true story is just as exciting: 2,500 years ago, the real Qin Shi Huan Di united the warring states to found China's first true dynasty, laid the foundations of the Great Wall of China, and built himself a magnificent mausoleum
filled with "Raiders of the Lost Ark" style booby traps and guarded by nearly 8000 warriors made of terra cotta (the models for the movie's "mummies"). Each warrior is unique, possibly based on a real soldier in the emperor's army. Discover how the ceramic army was rediscovered and first excavated in 1974, and find out the history of this fascinating man and his final resting place--a place where no archaeologist has yet dared to venture.
November 11, CBA (Communications Building) room 120 7:00-8:50 p.m. The Lotus Lantern. China's answer to Disney! Production for this animated version of one of China's most beloved fairy tales (which also inspired a 35-episode live-action miniseries in 2005) took four years, involving more than 80 graphic designers, animators, and background artists to produce over 150,000 animation cels and 2,000 painted backgrounds based on locations that included the Dunhuang Caves, Xi'an, Hua Mountain, Xishuangbanna, and the Ningxia Autonomous Region. The most popular film in China in 1999, The Lotus Lantern was awarded China's national film award, The Golden Rooster. The story follows the coming-of-age adventures of the boy Chenxiang, son of a goddess and a mortal, as he seeks out the Monkey King to help him revive the power of the magical lotus lantern and rescue Chenxiang's mother, who has been imprisoned under Mount Hua by her jealous brother, the god Erlang.
Note: although this was created as a children's movie and children are welcome to attend the screening, it is in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles so it is not suitable for children who are too young to read--unless, of course, they understand Chinese.