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Public Lectures & Culture Seminars

The Confucius Institute Annual Lecture is the major public event held by our Confucius Institute and aims to bring the world's best China scholars to Adelaide to share their insights and understanding with a local audience.

Each year we also hold 4-5 China briefings

Previous Lectures:


The list of China’s gifts to humanity begins with the four great inventions: paper, gunpowder, printing and the compass. What else has there been? What else might there be?

Join the University of Adelaide's Nicholas Jose as he discusses China's contribution to our ‘shared humanity’ in terms of ideas, art and values, in an Australian context and in his own life as a writer:

"Australians these days are often anxious about what we’re giving to and receiving from China.  ‘Beware Chinese Billionaires Bearing Gifts’ ran the headline of the Australian Financial Review’s report on an Australian politician who recently got into trouble for accepting a Rolex. When I ask myself what China and Chinese culture have given me over more than thirty years, the answer lies more in the realm of concepts rather than things. These are gifts that change the way we experience the world." - Nicholas Jose

Speaker Biography:

Nicholas Jose is Professor of English and Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide. He taught at universities in China in 1986-7 and was Cultural Counsellor at the Australian Embassy Beijing, 1987-90. He has played an important role in artistic and scholarly relations between the two countries since then. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, UK, and a regular visitor to Beijing Foreign Studies University.

During the networking portion of the evening, complimentary drinks and canapés will be served. This event is free to attend, but registration essential.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 11 May

Time: 5.30 p.m. registration for a 6.15 p.m. start, end 8.00 p.m

Venue:  Room 102, Napier Building, North Terrace Campus, The University of Adelaide

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