Program Overview  

Ni hao! By mid-August as the world is captivated by the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, take a close look at the world's most populous country and its increasing role in global economics and politics. Spend the day at the University of Minnesota's new Confucius Institute and immerse yourself in all things China during this Camp.

Start the day by hearing from the director of the University of Minnesota's China Center, Dr. Yongwei Zhang, about the current state of education in China, and the University's efforts towards building a relationship with Chinese institutes of higher learning. Next, engage in some armchair travel with Joan Brzezinski, assistant director of the China Center as she shares her experiences traveling to China over 25 times and discusses her favorite locales and travel tips. She also will provide some enlightening perspectives on Chinese society.


After lunch, Seth Werner, instructor for the University's Carlson School of Management, will discuss how more and more of the goods that we purchase and use are made in China, and what this means for the future of both the Chinese and the United States economies. Finally, immerse yourself in glorious Chinese ceramics at the Weisman Art Museum. Art history professor Robert Poor will discuss the history of Chinese export porcelain, which was admired by Marco Polo, collected by Sultans and European Royalty, and graced the tables of George and Martha Washington. This is a rare chance to see works that are not normally on view, and to examine these precious artifacts up close with the guidance of an expert. You will leave this Camp with a better understanding of China, a country that is at once dynamic and ancient, modern and traditional, foreign and friendly.


The course will be held on Aug. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  It will be held at the Confucius Institute, 331 17th Avenue SE, Minneapolis. 

Individuals can enroll in this Curiosity Camp through the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education.  The fee is US$125 to enroll.  The course number is CC 0146 Sec 001, Event ID: 181602 Call 612-624-4000 or go online to enroll at

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