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About the Theme Semester


In an era of intensified globalization and a growing interest in China, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) with the University of Michigan’s Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) is launching a year-long exploration of the culture and society of contemporary China and its place in the world. Consistent with University of Michigan President Coleman’s China Initiative, the Theme Year seeks to leverage Michigan’s unique combination of diverse scholarly communities, our acknowledged standing as a world center for the study of China, and growing campus-wide interest in China.

The Theme Year offers a core academic program of lectures, classes, and symposia while also fostering campus community outreach programs to engage both the public and scholarly audiences. The year further strengthens the university-wide focus on China by coordinating with related activities on campus including the “Arts on Earth” program and the University Musical Society’s “Asia Festival 2007-08.”

As the year runs up to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, events will be categorized according to five “rings” of programming: ChinaNow, ChinaActive, ChinaGreen, ChinaArts, and ChinaPartners. Together, these areas address the multiple facets of a rich university experience from the academic to the artistic. Bringing to the Michigan campus leading international and Chinese scholars, artists, authors, professionals and government officials, the LSA China Theme Year will provide a multi-dimensional exploration of China, one that explores China’s rise through a wide range of current political, cultural, economic, and societal developments.

For more information on the many events being arranged during the LSA China Theme Year, please contact the U-M China Center at 734-764-6308 or by e-mail at chinese.studies@umich.edu. This website will include additional information on events in the planning stages. We hope you can all take advantage of the many possibilities the year offers!


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