The NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT is a New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Nanjing organization funded by a grant from the United States Embassy, Beijing and the United States Department of State located on the campus of its partner institution, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT). Its purpose is to provide a venue in which to foster intercultural communication through the exchange of ideas and art and thereby enhance international understanding.
The NYIT Center is one of the twelve American Culture Centers in China created to present a variety of American viewpoints to the Chinese. The NYIT Director, NUPT Associate Director, and sixteen part time NYIT-NUPT students are responsible for presenting at least one international and/or local guest speaker a month in addition to conducting weekly activities such as international film colloquiums and English Corner. Specific activities may include the following: lectures by international or local scholars and politicians; readings or screenings and discussions of the work of novelists, poets, filmmakers, and dramatists; performances of dancers and musicians; demonstrations and/or exhibits of painters, sculptors, and folk artists.
The Directors and student Assistants of the NYIT Center at NUPT are also responsible for hosting annual NYIT-NUPT Film Festivals & Symposiums and Language and Literature Conferences. The recently completed Center is an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable place where Chinese and international students, faculty, staff, guests, and the public can congregate to read available periodicals and other materials from our library, use the MAC computers, and share ideas both formally and informally in English.
Spring 2014 NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT Schedule
Bi-weekly Monday evening English Corner meetings led by Professor David Oliver, 6:30-8:00 pm
Bi-weekly Monday evening Florida Focus Film Colloquium begins March 17, 6:30 pm
February 27-28, Thursday and Friday
Cultures of the American Gulf Coast: Work and Play in Story and Song from Louisiana to Florida
6:30-7:30 pm Animator Luke Jaeger presents “Best Contemporary American Short Films” (for 130-135 Communication Arts Students -- Professor Deran Browne’s four classes: two sections of Advanced TV Workshop; Video Editing; Directing -- and Professor Patrick Karle’s choices for informal gathering earlier in the day-- in Administration Building Auditorium)
February 28, 6:30-7:30 pm lecture on “Best Contemporary American Short Films” (for 130-135 Communication Arts students – Professor Deran Browne’s four sections named above and Professor Patrick Karle’s choices for informal gathering on Thursday -- in Administration Building Auditorium)
March 5, Wednesday, 12:30-1:30 pm: US Consulate General Shanghai Economic Unit Chief Sara Yun on “The Asian American Experience in the United States” (thirty New York bound students)
March 6, 7 Thursday and Friday Fulbright Scholar Presentations
March 6, 12:30-1:30 pm Fulbright scholar David Allen Sullivan (Cabrillo College, CA; Xian International Studies University) presents “American Documentaries: Facts versus Fabrications “ (for ninety students —Professor Deran Browne’s Video Editing; Professor Patrick Karle’s Film History and one section of Professor Bill Weydig’s Behavioral Science students in fourth floor Library Auditorium)
3:30-5:00pm Fulbright Scholar David Allen Sullivan presents “New Orleans: Racism, Classism, and Hurricane Katrina” with NUPT School of Foreign Languages and NYIT Nanjing Dean’s Office (for ninety students – sixty NUPT English majors and thirty NYIT Multicultural Literature students)
March 20-21, Thursday and Friday Cultures of the American Gulf Coast
March 20, 6:30-8:00 pm: “Woody Sez” a play about the life of the musician Woody Guthrie (for 120 Communication Arts Students— Professor Bill Weydig’s Scriptwriting section; Professor Patrick Karle’s Broadcast History and Film History sections; Professor Deran Brown’s Directing course in Administration Building Auditorium)
March 21, 12:30-1:30 pm ten to fifteen Communication Arts students --Prof Deran Browne’s choice-- meet informally with actors of “Woody Sez”
6:30-7:30 pm an informal concert and/or lecture on life of Woody Guthrie (Professor Deran Browne’s Directing class students)
April 7, Monday Cultures of the American Gulf Coast
6:30-8:00 pm, Monday: NYIT Professor David Oliver presents “Don’t Ever Drink from an Open Bottle: Delta Blues and the Robert Johnson Story," an overview of Mississippi Delta blues with an emphasis on the life and music of Robert Johnson. A film, lecture, and guitar workshop is featured as an American Culture Club event.
April 10 – 11, Thursday and Friday Cultures of the American Gulf Coast
April 10, 12:30-1:30 pm: Nick Spitzer, Ph.D., folklorist, creator, and host of NPR’s American Routes; Professor of Anthropology, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, will introduce French Louisiana through Cajun music of Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege & the Cajun Country Revival. Spitzer will also discuss the cultural complexity of the region. (for 120 students, four Multicultural Literature sections –one section each of Professors Tim Smith, Katyna Johnson, Christopher Patterson, Beverly Butcher in Administration Building Auditorium)
6:30-7:30 pm: Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege & The Cajun Country Revival perform (for 120 students, same four Multicultural Literature sections indicated above in Administration Building Auditorium)
April 11, 12:30-1:30 pm: informal meeting of ten to fifteen Communication Arts seniors with Nick Spitzer; Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege & The Cajun Country Revival; Louisiana folklorist and filmmaker Conni Castille
4:30-6:00 pm Filmmaker Conni Castille presents I Always Do My Collars First (2006) and her Cajun/Creole cowboy film T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story (2012). Question and Answer. (for 160-165 students – Professors Deran Browne’s Directing; Professor Bill Weydig’s Script Writing; one section each of Professor Sumiao Li’s and Professor Marshall Willman’s Psychology and Gender Identity courses; Professor Bill Weydig’s Behavioral Science seminar ; Communication Arts seniors who attended informal meeting earlier in the day in Administration Building Auditorium)
6:30-8:00 pm American Routes Nick Spitzer presents his film Zydeco (1986) about African French musical traditions and identity which complements the Francité of the region with Creole culture. (Open to the public.)
April 15 – May 31
“Women of Courage” Notable African-American Women Oral History and Photograph Exhibit (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University) — 54 photographs with labels and short bios and oral histories of each (for all in the Center)
April 15, 12:30-1:30 pm NYIT Academic Dean Roger Yu leads open Dialogue between NYIT and NUPT faculty and students on the relationship between the Arts and Sciences.
April 28, 29, Monday and Tuesday Fulbright Scholar Presentations
April 28, 12:30-1:30 pm Fulbright scholar David Allen Sullivan (Cabrillo College, CA; Xian International Studies University) presents “American Documentaries: Facts versus Fabrications “ (for ninety students —Professor Deran Browne’s Video Editing; Professor Patrick Karle’s Film History and one section of Professor Bill Weydig’s Behavioral Science students in fourth floor Library Auditorium)
April 29, 12:30-1:30 pm on Southern Literature and Poetry (for thirty Multicultural Literature students—one of Professor Beverly Butcher’s sections)
May 7, Wednesday, 12:30-1:30 pm
U.S. Consulate General Shanghai Information Systems Officer James Fowler on “SoftwareEngineering Education in the U.S.” (for 120 Engineering majors in rm. 300) Co-sponsored by ECE, Career Services, and the Center for Humanities and Culture
May 15 – 16, Thursday and Friday Cultures of the American Gulf Coast
American Routes tour director and folklorist Josh Kohn moderates the Florida program
May 15, 12:30-1:30 pm: Sandra Parks, M.A., Independent Scholar, on the Life and Work of Floridian folklorist Stetson Kennedy (120 students --one class from each major, TBA, in room 300)
4:30-5:30 pm The Campbell Brothers – sacred-steel musicians meet informally with ten to fifteen Professor David Oliver Technical Writing students
May 16, 12:30-1:30 pm: Sandra Parks, M.A., on “Critical Thinking” (for freshman, sophomores, and juniors –TBA-- in room 300)
6:30-8:00 pm: The Campbell Brothers perform (for 120 students: two sections of Professor David Oliver’s Technical Writing courses; one Professor Glen Clifford Radio Production section; one Kang Yanzhi’s Set/Lighting section -- in the Administration Building Auditorium)