Confucius Institute at George Mason and Goethe-Institut in Washington DC Host Poetry Reading Program
The Goethe-Institut in Washington D.C. and the Confucius Institute at George Mason University held a poetry reading at George Mason University on April 7, 2011 as part of the Time Shadows series.
Each of the twelve poems was delivered in Chinese, German and English, and each focused on some aspect of food. As Dr. Lane Jennings, noted poet and scholar of German and Chinese literature, told the audience: “Poetry is beloved in all three cultures, as is food. So presenting poems that explore food helps us see the connections between our cultures.”
Herr Ulrich Braess, Director of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, D.C., discussed with the leadership of the Confucius Institute at Mason other ways the two organizations can collaborate in the future, particularly in the performing and visual arts.
Dr. Karl Zhang, Education Director of the Confucius Institute at Mason as well as head of the university’s Chinese language program, coordinated the event and involved the faculty and volunteers from the Beijing Language and Culture University in translating and reading poems.
Each poet and translator received a beautiful poster presenting their poem in all three languages. These posters have been collected into a CD and will be shared with other Confucius Institutes upon request.
Group photos of all the poets, scholars and guests attending the poem reading event
Herr Ulrich Braess, Director of the Goethe-Institute in Washington (first from right),
Dr. Joy Hughes, Vice President of George Mason University and Executive Sponsor of the Confucius Institute at Mason (second from right),Dr. Julie Christensen, Chair of the modern and classical language department of George Mason University.(third from right) and other scholars and poets.