2015 Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute

2015 Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute: International Program for Teachers of Chinese Studies

The International Program for Teachers of Chinese Culture is an invitation to spend a month reading the Confucian classics with world-renowned experts Roger T. Ames, Chenshan Tian and other distinguished comparative philosophy and Confucian scholars at a newly established Confucian academy at the site of Confucius’s birth, career, and death.

Application deadline: June 1, 2015


  • Center for East-West Relations, Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy
  • Asian Studies Development Program, East-West Center & University of Hawaii
  • Consortium for Chinese Studies and Intercultural Communication
  • Office of Confucian Institutes, Beijing Foreign Studies University


  • International Confucian Association
  • World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures

The Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy, the Center for East-West Relations at Beijing Foreign Studies University, and the Beijing Sihai Confucian Institute have joined forces in organizing “The 2015 Nishan Summer Program: The International Program for Teachers of Chinese Culture.” The program is designed especially for international teachers teaching Confucianism and Chinese culture. Requirements of the participants include a good command of the English language (or native English ability) as well as some background knowledge in Confucian philosophy and culture. The goal is to use a comparative, hermeneutical approach to enhance the ability of participants to teach Confucianism and Chinese culture to students with a Western cultural background. We will pursue a careful and detailed reading of the original texts that is sensitive to alternative worldviews and modalities of thinking, and fundamental linguistic differences.

This month-long training program for teachers of Chinese culture will be led by Professors Roger T. Ames (University of Hawaii) and Tian Chenshan (Beijing Foreign Studies University), with a special series of lectures by Robin R. Wang (Loyola Marymount University), Daniel Bell (Tsinghua University), Hans-Georg Moeller (University of Macau), Zhang Xudong (New York University/Peking University), Yao Xinzhong (Renmin University), Gu Zhengkun (Peking University), Zhang Yanhua (Clemson University), and Zhang Qi (Peking University). Our time together will revolve around careful and critical readings of classical texts and contemporary commentaries, seminars, discussion groups, cultural events and activities, and a number of field trips.

The application form, schedule and other information can be found on the Asian Studies Development Program’s website: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/asian-studies-development-program.

Contact the Center for East-West Relations for any questions regarding this program: nishansummer@163.com

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