University of Iowa

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day-April 28, 2018

Midwest Speech Contest Participants

Midwest Chinese Speech Contest-April 21, 2018

Sidewalk Calligraphy

Sidewalk Calligraphy-April 20, 2018

Tea Talk for Johnson County Historical Society-April 8, 2018

Dumpling Workshop-November 15, 2017

Bite of Asia
Bite of Asia

Bite of Asia-November 3, 2017

Calligraphy workshop participants

Calligraphy Workshop by Dr. Ramon Lim-October 18, 2017

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day-April 29, 2017

Dandelion Image for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Guest Instructors led community practitioners and beginners in various approaches to Tai Chi, Taiji and Qigong

Haiming Chen - Four Hands Taiji Club in the Confucius Institute at the UI, Iowa City
George Nelson - Tai Chi and Qigong in Iowa City Senior Center, Iowa 
Edward Leff - Iowa City Tai Chi at Virtue Medicine, Iowa City
Susan Campney - Body Moves Fitness and Wellness Center, Coralville
Lori Enloe - Breath and Balance Tai Chi, Iowa City

Four Hands Taiji Club from the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa

High School Chinese Language Competition 
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, Students from 7 Iowa high schools came together for a Chinese speaking competition.  Student groups performed skits and competed for First through Third place in Levels I,II and III Chinese.  

Confucius Institute Celebrates Ten Years

confucius 10th anniversary square
On Friday, February 17, 2017, The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa celebrated 10 years of collaborative programming between the University of Iowa, Iowa communities, East China Normal University and the Chinese Ministry of Education.  Programs offered by the Confucius Institute serve to enhance and enrich language learning, cultural exchange and teacher education through classes, outreach and research.

Remarks were given by featured guests, UI President Bruce Harreld, ECNU Vice President Changli Yang, UI Vice President and Provost Barry Butler, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago Counsellor Yinghui Chen, UI Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Downing Thomas, ICCSD Superintendent Stephen Murley, ICCSD Student Nina Elkadi, and UI Professor Chuanren Ke.  

President Harreld delivers remarks
vocalist Tieyi Zhang accompanied by Xuan Kuang on piano
Featured music and performances: Iowa Saxophonists’ Workshop (ISW) under the direction of Professor Kenneth Tse, vocalist Tieyi Zhang, pianist Xuan Kuang, and Kennedy High School Lion Dance Team

Kennedy High School Dragon dance team performance


Photo of Cook Off Presenter

November 4, 2016

Workshop participants receive guidance from Mrs. Lim

October 4, 2016

CI Autumn Moon Festival 2016 students performers sing and play guitar

September 21, 2016 

March 25, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

October 2, 2015 Coralville Center for the Performing Arts


We celebrated the 2015 Chinese Moon Festival Friday, October 2, 2015
when the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa hosted “Amazing China”
a spectacular production by the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at
Binghamton University.  Outstanding performances, including Beijing Opera,
Chinese vocal and instrumental music, and a Chinese magician! Performers
included Binghamton University faculty, the National Academy of Chinese
Theater Arts faculty, and guest artistsfrom the New York Chinese Traditional
Art Center.  Performers greeted audience members following the performance.


Capital Normal University-Three Tours Performance
Solon Elementary and Middle Schools
September 28, 2015

March 31, 2015: The Wonder of the Confucius Classics & Education
Featuring: Dr. WANG Tsai-Kuei-A Renowned Scholar of Confucianism
​~Interpretation of Chinese cultural traditions and ancient philosophies
~Interpretation of an alternative approach in teaching language and culture

Seminar: Confucianism and Education 12-1:30PM 
1117 University Capitol Centre, UI Campus

Lecture: Education through Recitation of Classics 6:30-8:30PM​
Iowa City Public Library meeting room A
123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA  52240


Asian Cook-Off-January 30, 2015
12 Cooks prepared Authentic Asian dishes for participants

Confucius Institute Day--September 27, 2014
Activities commemorating 10 years
of Chinese language and culture programming
by Confucius Institutes worldwide included:

CI Taiji Club on the UI Pentacrest 
September 23, 2014

Calligraphy Workshop for Teens
September 25, 2014

Dumpling Workshop 
September 26, 2014

Calligraphy Workshop by
Zhang Xueming

October 2, 2014

Public Lecture: “A Comparative Study on 
CFL Teachers and Learners’ Perception
of Corrective Feedback and Its Impact on 
CFL Development 
by Prof. Hong Gang Jin,
Professor of Chinese, Hamilton College

October 3, 2014


Cultural Diversity Festival
October 5, 2014

Hao Huang, tenor and
professor of voice
from Wuhan Conservatory
of Music performed a recital
of folk and artistic songs
from Chinese and Western
operas. Saturday,
April 26 at 8 p.m. in the University
Capitol Centre Recital Hall

April 25-26, 2014

Calligraphy Workshop
April 3, 2014
Muscatine Art Center

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Tea Demonstration
February 28, 2014  
Muscatine High School

Spring Festival Celebration
January 30, 2014 
6-8PM Room 1117 UCC

Chinese Cook-Off
November 15, 2013
9 cooks representing the Confucius Institute, Center for Asian Pacific Studies  and the UI Chinese Department competed for audience nominations of awards ranging from most delicious, best smelling, best presentation...

The University of Iowa High School
Chinese Language Competition

May 4, 2013
7 high school Chinese language programs from across Iowa competed by performing skits before a panel of judges

Muscatine Art Center "The Other Side of the World"
by Chun Arthur Wang
Exhibit of artwork
March 10-April 21, 2013
Confucius Institute Calligraphy Workshop
March 28, 2013 6:15-7:45PM

Name Pronunciation Workshops-The Confucius Institute
provided workshops on the pronunciation of Chinese names
to other UI departments and centers
Tippie School of Business-Story

The International Writing Program and the UI Dept of Theatre Arts link up with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre to bring you 6 new short plays on the central theme of “Migration” from award-winning playwrights in China and the United States

Date: Tuesday, March 12
Time: 8:15 reception, 9:00 curtain
Place: Theatre B, Theatre Building
Free admission and open to the public
More information can be found at:

Spring Festival Celebrations 2013

The Confucius Institute and friends kicked off the year of the snake with
student celebrations, community celebrations and school presentations!

Calligraphy Workshop February 6, 2013
Professor Lim provides additional guidance for a young student of calligraphy

Bridge Trip for American Schools November 7-15, 2012

 Iowa school administrators and educators traveled to China with 400 of their colleagues from school districts throughout the United States.  The 400 United States delegates were divided into 10 groups of 40 which traveled on to various provinces.  Our group went to the city of Tianjin in Tianjin province where we visited elementary, junior/senior high schools and had the opportunity to talk with teachers and school officials. 

Chinese Cook-Off November 2,
Confucius Institute scholars, instructors and Professor Ke compete for 10 culinary titles including "Most Delicious",  "Most Creative", and "Most Beautiful"

Chinese Culture for Lunch Lecture Series- Professor Zhu Yong presents
October 2nd-Marvelous Chinese Characters
October 30th-Chinese Traditional Festivals
November 6th-Ancient Chinese Thought's Effect on Traditional Architectural Culture

Chicago Chinatown Trip
October 27, 2012
What a great day we had learning about, eating in and exploring Chicago's Chinatown!

Calligraphy Workshop October 24, 2012

Professor Lim conducted another successful interactive calligraphy workshop.  Students of many ages learned about the history of calligraphy and used brush/ink to practice their own calligraphy strokes.  Video

Autumn Moon Festival September 30, 2012

Students and their families enjoyed an afternoon of performances, food and fun celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.  Performances included poetry, storytelling, singing, piano and taiji.

China Social: September 13, 2012

Confucius Institute and UI Chinese Language Students had an evening of Chinese culture through food, song and games

Dumpling Making Workshop June 28, 2012

Lots of fun and dumpling eating went on when over 40 people of all ages attended our dumpling-making workshop. 

Contemporary Chinese Culture and Life--what is behind the scenes?  June 12-26, 2012

A lecture series designed to introduce and stimulate discussion of various aspects of contemp0rary Chinese society and daily life.

  1. Modern tourism at historical scenic spots in China:  facilitated by Kathleen tomlonovic (Professor Emerita, Modern and Classical Languages and East Asian Studies, Western Washington University)
  2. Study abroad waves in China now and historically:  facilitated by Xi Ma (Curriculum Coordinator and Chinese Language Instructor--Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa)
  3. Cultural differences between Chinese and American social life:  facilitated by Chuanren Ke (Director--Confucius Institute, Professor of Chinese, Professor of SLA, University of Iowa)

University of Iowa International Fair: March 31, 2012

Held annually at the Field House, the international fair provides community members the opportunity to sample foods from around the world, participate in traditional games/activities and watch cultural demonstrations.

East China Normal University Performance: February 25, 2012

A 27 member arts troupe performed Chinese Folk and traditional instrumental/vocal pieces along with dance and Face Changing.  A wonderfully unique cultural experience was had by all!

Chinese New Year Celebration
The University of Iowa Chinese Language Program, with the sponsorship of the Confucius Institute, held a Chinese New Year Celebration in the spring of 2012. The Celebration featured a hands-on-dumping-making demonstration, Chinese riddle trivia, music, singing, Chinese history and more!

The Chinese New Year Celebration at the University of Iowa is held annually thanks to the great organizing done by the Chinese Language Program.

Chinese Calligraphy Workshops

The Confucius Institute holds Chinese Calligraphy workshops quarterly. Workshop participants get hands-on experience using calligraphy ink and brushes. No previous experience with Chinese or Chinese Calligraphy is required and all workshops are free and open to the public.

Chinese Calligraphy Workshops are led by Dr. Ramon Lim, University of Iowa Professor Emeritus of Neurology and winner of the 2005 Eighth International Calligraphy Competition. Dr. Lim has his works widely exhibited in China, Korea and Japan.

Anda Mongolian Throat Singing October 2011

Anda Union provided an interactive workshop for the University of Iowa Confucius Institute. Weaving together regional musical traditions, styles, and instrumentation passed from generation to generation—including hoomai (guttural throat song) and the morin huur (the horse head fiddle)—these young, inspiring musicians are committed to keeping their legacy alive amidst an increasingly industrialized environment. The result offers a rare glimpse into a nearly forgotten musical landscape, breathing new life into past treasures. The 2012 national tour of the AnDa Union is part of a major, multi-year cultural exchange with Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest, the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and the US Major University Presenter's consortium. Support for the tour has been provided by the Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China.

Autumn Moon Festival: September 2011

The Chinese Autumn Moon Festival is an annual harvest celebration. Starting centuries ago, the Autumn Moon Festival is still celebrated in modern day China and this year in Davenport, Iowa! This year on September 12th the Confucius Institute's Autumn Moon Festival kicked off St. Ambrose University's Awakening the Dragon--a year dedicated to learning about China through lectures, fun community events and more.

Information about Awakening the Dragon events at

Chinese New Year Celebration
The University of Iowa Chinese Language Program, with the sponsorship of the Confucius Institute, held a Chinese New Year Celebration in the spring of 2011. The Celebration featured a hands-on-dumping-making demonstration, Chinese riddle trivia, music, singing, Chinese history and more!

The Chinese New Year Celebration at the University of Iowa is held annually thanks to the great organizing done by the Chinese Language Program.

Let's Talk About China

Let's Talk About China was a Confucius Institute presentation and free form discussion held March 2011 at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center and was free and open to the public. People that had been to China, heard a lot about it, or were just curious joined the Confucius Institute to talk about China. In the first half hour, Confucius Institute Program Associate Andrea Niehaus led a discussion about living in China, famous cultural differences and fun places. Ms. Niehaus showed pictures and encouraged program attendees to participate, share photos, and chat. In the second half hour, Confucius Institute Curriculum Coordinator Yu Huo gave a free Confucius Institute introductory lesson. Ms. Huo taught some beginning Chinese phrases, numbers and more!

Presentations to People Traveling to China

The Confucius Institute has been invited to prepare travelers of all ages for their trips to China. Presentations have included giving Chinese names, Chinese name pronunciation, "Survival Chinese" lessons, advise of culture shock, information about Chinese cities, etc.


In 2010, the Confucius Institute received a grant from STARTALK, a program of the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland to organize an intensive Chinese language summer camp for Iowa high school students.

STARTALK summer campers were given an introduction to Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture through language classes, Chinese calligraphy workshops, gongfu demonstrations and more! More information can be found at