TROY partners with The Johnson Center to highlight Beijing Olympics

Posted: Monday, 30 March 2009

TROY – Troy University, in cooperation with the Confucius Institute at TROY, have joined forces with The Johnson Center for the Arts to present an international exhibit on the Beijing Olympics.

Sponsored by the University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts, the Confucius Institute at Troy, Hanban, Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology and The Johnson Center, the exhibit provides a look at the 16 days of the Olympics in the People’s Republic of China from Aug. 8 – 24, 2008. The exhibit, like all at The Johnson Center, are free and open to the public.

“Sharing Dreams and Glory” opens April 7 and runs through July 20 at The Johnson Center, located on East Walnut Street in downtown Troy. An opening reception is planned from 5:30 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. on April 7, followed by a performance of vocal jazz by “frequency,” a newly formed choral ensemble from the University’s John M. Long School of Music at 7:30 p.m. in The Cultural Arts Studio, adjacent to The Johnson Center. The concert, a part of the “Concerts at the Studio” series, is free and open to the public.

In addition to the photographic exhibit, TROY visiting scholar Chenghao Li, a lecturer in Fine Arts at Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology, will present “Aurora China,” an exhibit of his paintings. Li, who earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Leeds Metropolitan University in England, is at TROY on a one-year residency with the Confucius Institute at TROY and conducts research in the areas of contemporary fine art and digital design.

“The Olympic Games brought about unprecedented exchanges between the world and China,” said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. “It was a passionate dialogue between China and the world, and we hope to share that passion through The Johnson Center.”

The University has long-standing ties to universities in China, pioneering the 1-2-1 Sino American Dual Degree Program that allows students at Chinese universities to begin their studies at their home institution, transfer to the University for two years and then return to their home institutions for a final year of studies. Many undergraduate students return to TROY for graduate studies. The Confucius Institute at Troy is the 23rd such institute founded in the United States and Alabama’s only such institute. Its goal is to share the Chinese language and culture in nations around the world. The Confucius Institute at TROY is one of more than 200 worldwide.