First Annual Non-Western Culture Week (April 18 to 23, 2005)
Creightonian Reports on Non-Western Culture Week
“How to Achieve the Harmony in the World from an Eastern Perspective”
Creighton’s Non-Western Culture Committee, supported by the College of Arts and Science and the College of Business, will organize a Non-western Culture Week (mainly focusing on China in 2005) from April 18 to 23, Spring, 2005. The Non-Western Culture Week is an extension of non-western events, the goal of which is to infuse Non-Western values and traditions into Creighton's campus so as to enhance global education. We will have a special topic for the activities on each day during the week. The general topic of the week is “How to Achieve the Harmony in the World from an Eastern Perspective.”
Chinese painting and calligraphy demonstration at the Student Center throughout the week.
Monday, April 18:
Topic: “Traditional Chinese Family Morality in the Modern Business World.”
- 6:30-8:30pm: The Chinese film, Shower, will be shown in Room L02.
Prof. Zhang from Peking University will introduce the traditional Chinese family morality represented in film before the show and lead a discussion of the conflict between the changing value in modern China and traditional Confucian value after the show.
Tuesday, April 19:
Topic: “Why Do We Hate and How Could We Love?”
- 6:30-7:20pm: The short historical documentary film, "The Rape of Nanjing," will be shown in Room L02.
Mr. Jiang will briefly introduce the historical background for the film
- 7:20-8:30pm: Mr. Tsai's film "Vive L'Amour" will then be shown
- 8:30-9:00pm: Mr. Tsai and Mr. Jiang will host a discussion on the topic with the audience
Wednesday, April 20:
Topic: “Chinese Value, Culture and Philosophy”
- 9:30-10:30am: Prof. Zhang and Mr. Tsai visit PHL353 (Introduction to Buddhism) classroom to discuss the influence of Daoism and Confucianism on Chinese literature. He will also visit a creative writing class in the English Department and a music class in the Art Department.
- 7:00-9:00pm: Prof. Zhang’s Open Forum "Questions and Answers about Values, Cultures, Philosophies" will be held in the Union Pacific Room.
Thursday, April 21:
Topic: “The Great Harmony of Myriad Things”
- The Non-Western Culture Committee, the Chinese Student Association and the Creighton student summer study-abroadin-China team will organize the following performance:
- 6:00-6:15pm: famous Taiwanese poet, Mr. Tsai Yi-Chun, will read his poems, “Common People,” “Swallow” and other awarded poems.
- 6:15-6:25pm: Question-and-Answer session.
- 6:25-6:40pm: Dr. Cheng from the Math Department will demonstrate Chinese calligraphy and display paintings
- 6:40-7:00pm: students can practice how to do Chinese calligraphy. Dr. Cheng will award three "Best Try" awards
- 7:00-7:15pm: Chinese Traditional Dress Show by Chinese Students from Chinese Student Association.
- 7:15-7:45: Break to enjoy Chinese food and talk with Mr. Tsai, Dr. Cheng, Dr. Deng, Mr Jiang and Dr. Yuan.
- 7: 45-8:00pm: Chinese Gong Fu (Kung-fu) demonstration by Dr. Deng from the School of Medicine. (Dr. Deng was the champion of Chinese Gong Fu at Beijing College. His grandfather was a Master of Chinese Gong Fu in a famous Chinese Military College.)
- 8:00-8:15pm: Traditional Chinese Poppy Show (Pi Ying). Dr. Yuan from the Philosophy Department will recite a Chinese play about life at Creighton
- 8:15-8:30pm: Dr. Zhang will play the Chinese violin and Dr. Jiang from Politic Sciences Department along with Dr. Qinglong Hu from Department of Pathology will both sing Chinese Beijing Opera, among other traditional Chinese songs as well
- 8:30-9:00pm: Dr. Cheng, Dr. Deng, Dr. Hu, Dr. Yuan, Dr. Zhang and Mr. Jiang will answer questions.
Friday, April 22:
Topic: “The Art of Living”
- 12:00pm: Prof. Zhang and Mr. Jiang will perform at the Student Center. Prof. Zhang will play the Chinese violin and Mr. Jiang will sing songs from the Beijing Opera.