2014 Cooking Classes
Join the Confucius Institute for cooking classes during the spring 2014 semester.
Classes will be held in room 206 in Leverton Hall on East Campus.
Download this flyer for class dates!
Letter from Governor Heineman
Governor Dave Heineman sent the Confucius Institute a letter of congratulations on celebrating its sixth anniversary. See Governor Heineman's letter here:
Congratulations to the 2013 Confucius Institute Speech Competition Winners!
Kindergarten and Elementary School Division:
First Place: Serina Kendrick
Second Place: Ashley Wei & Joseph Zhong
Third Place: Stephanie Han, Clara Kendrick & Kai Sasaki
Middle and High School Division:
First Place: Hana McMahon-Cole
Second Place: Charlie Peng & Julia McMahon-COle
Third Place: Phat Nguyen, Lydia Gall & Avery Hemmerling
College and Adult Division:
First Place:Tristan Hilderbrand
Second Place: Brady Lenz & Erich Vogel
Third Place: Wonderful Togbey, Jonathan Gunter & Jake Reid
2013 Culture Festival
Join the Confucius Institute for events celebrating Chinese culture during the 2013 Culture Festival! Activities range from a youth talent contest in Omaha on August 31 to the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company performance on October 2.
Most events are free! Download a flyer and plan to join us in September!
Registration deadline has been extended to September 13!
The Confucius Institute is sponsoring the 2013 Speech Competition to be held in the
City Campus Student Union on September 22, 2013.
Deadline for registration and speech submission has been extended to September 13, 2013.
Download the speech competition flyer here and the registration form here.
Contact us at 402-472-5370 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or assistance.
Cooking Class September 23, 2013
UNL students, staff and faculty are invited to attend a FREE cooking class
to learn how to make egg rolls and hot and sour soup!
Class will be from 6 pm - 7:30 pm in Room 206 at Leverton Hall on East Campus.
Class is limited to the first 20 participants so contact Angela at
email@example.com or 472-5370 today to sign up!
This class is only open to UNL students, staff and faculty
but will fill up quickly so reserve your spot today!
Mini Chinese Movie Festival
Saturday, September 28 - 7:25 p.m.
Sunday, September 29 - 1:00 p.m.
Monday, September 30 - 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, October 1 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 28 – 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, September 29 - 3:05 p.m.
Monday, September 30 - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 1 - 7:05 p.m.
Chinese Painting Exhibition
Check out the paintings of two famous Chinese artists at the Rotunda Gallery
the week of September 23-28. A free lecture and demonstration will be given at
the UNL Multicultural Center in Room 212 on September 23 from 7-9 pm by
artist Tai Meng Ieong. Tai Meng Ieong is best known for flower and bird paintings.
LCCA Food Festival
The Lincoln Chinese Culture Association and Confucius Institute are hosting a
food festival at the UNL Multicultural Center Room 212 on Saturday,
September 28 from 3-6 pm.
See complete details at
Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company: Dynasties and Beyond
Elegant, sensual, and captivating, Lily Cai melds ancient Chinese traditions with modern dance in a marriage of styles. The Dynasties and Beyond performance embarks on a dazzling journey from ancient dynasties to remote cultures, from elegance of court dances to the dynamic brilliance of contemporary ribbon dancing. With vivid choreography and style, Lily Cai reveals the strength, beauty, and complexity of Chinese women, from the distant past to the present.
Purchase tickets to this one-time performance on October 2
through the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
Practice your conversational skills on various Chinese language and cultural topics with Confucius Institute language instructors and other native Chinese speakers. Chinese learners at all levels are welcome to participate!
Meetings are every Wednesday (except 10/2 and 11/27) from 6-7:30 pm in W130 Nebraska Hall.
Contact Jessie at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Register now for Fall 2013 Classes!
Have you ever wanted to learn to speak Chinese? Perhaps you would like to further your knowledge of the beautiful language. Enroll now for our fall classes. Adult classes are held weeknights and classes for children are held Sunday afternoons. Download the class flyer for additional information. Classes are held in Lincoln and in Omaha. Register now to save your spot!
Classes for adults are also held on the Bellevue University campus. Download a flyer for more information.
Learning Chinese in the Heartland
“Standing on stage, I close my eyes and take a deep breath. I think about the road that led me to this moment. This opportunity would not have been possible without the Confucius Institute.” - Skylar Falter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
On April 13, 2013, Skylar Falter, a junior engineering student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) traveled to the national Chinese Bridge Speech Competition held at the University of Maryland. The Chinese Bridge Speech Competition is well known among Chinese language learners as the most rigorous competition in the country. This year twenty students from ten universities competed. The competition lasts up to four hours and consists of three parts; a 3-minute speech, 3-minute cultural performance, and a knowledge section with questions on Chinese geography, history, and language.
Wearing a traditional Chinese dress, Skylar tells me about her experience at the competition: “At first it was intimidating being the only student who wasn’t majoring in Chinese, but as we became friends we all had similar stories about how we learned Chinese. It was from that moment I realized how much I have learned from classes at the Confucius Institute.”
Skylar has studied Chinese for over four years. She took her first Chinese class at the Confucius Institute in 2009 and continued taking classes there until 2012. “I never imagined myself as someone who would study Chinese, nevertheless travel and live in China, but after my first class at the Confucius Institute, more opportunities kept knocking on my door.” Since then, Skylar has studied abroad in Beijing and Xi’an, China. Her passion for learning Chinese and love of the Chinese culture continues to grow. This spring, the Confucius Institute at UNL sponsored Skylar’s trip to participate in the Chinese Bridge Speech Competition.
The Confucius Institute is an invaluable resource to the state of Nebraska. The Confucius Institute at UNL (UNLCI) is a non-profit organization established in 2007. Over the past five years, the Confucius Institute at UNL has continually placed teaching Chinese language and promoting Chinese culture as its top priority. The Institute has 19 teachers offering programs at 3 universities and over 20 schools. Besides teaching, the Institute also hosts cultural events and activities such as China Night, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and Chinese Culture Week. The Institute also offers opportunities and scholarships to American educators, scholars, and students to travel and study in China.
UNL Confucius Institute Earns 2012 Institute-of-the-Year AwardUNL’s Confucius Institute was named Confucius Institute of the Year by the Confucius Institute Headquarters. The award was given to 24 Confucius Institutes during a recent three-day Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing.
The event was the 7th Confucius Institute Conference, with more than 2,200 delegates attending from more than 200 countries and regions over the world.
Twenty-four “Confucius Institutes of the Year” were named among nearly 400 Confucius Institutes in the world. David Lou, director of UNLCI, accepted the award on behalf of Chancellor Harvey Perlman.
Rachel Zeng, Executive Associate Director of UNLCI, served as a panel member participating in the forum “Formulation of Development Plans for Confucius Institutes around the world.” Bill Nunez, Associate to the Chancellor, UNLCI Chinese Director Pingan Huang and Susan Song from XJTU also attended the conference.
During this global conference, Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters Xu Lin introduced three new programs and eight specific programs that will be implemented by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters next year: “Confucius China Study Plan,” “Confucius Institute Key Teaching Positions,” and “Confucius Institute Day of Chinese Language.” The Confucius Institute Headquarters will fully implement Confucius Institute’s development plans, further strengthen the assessment of the quality of Confucius Institutes, improve faculty construction, put more emphasis on development of teaching materials, reform and innovate Chinese language test services, actively launch China-foreign cultural exchange activities, establish a digital platform for Confucius Institutes, and implement the “Confucius China Study Plan.”
The Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was established five years ago as the 20th CI in the U.S. UNLCI has continuously placed the teaching of Chinese language and promoting Chinese culture as its top priorities. Thanks to the strong support from Hanban and the two universities involved, UNLCI’s teaching staff has grown from two Hanban-sponsored teachers at the initial stage to the current 18 teachers including eight Hanban-sponsored teachers, four Hanban volunteers and six local part-time teachers. UNLCI also has a strong administrative staff including a host director, an executive associate director, a Chinese director, a program coordinator and an office associate. Its teaching programs cover three universities, more than 20 schools in five public school districts, a lifelong learning institute and a preschool children development laboratory with a total of 612 classes with almost 10,000 learners.
In 2012, UNLCI organized or sponsored 27 cultural activities. Through these activities, Nebraskans now have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Chinese culture. UNLCI teaching programs include Chinese language classes, Chinese folk music classes, Chinese painting and calligraphy classes and Chinese cooking classes.