US Premiere in Washington D.C. – 4/26/2017

US Capitol east side (By Martin Falbisoner, Wikimedia Commons)

Join us on April 26th in Washington D.C. for the US premiere of In the Name of Confucius and the launch of a new report Outsourced to China: Confucius Institutes and Soft Power in American Higher Education by the National Association of Scholars, co-hosted by the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 Luncheon, panel discussion, and Q&A (Lunch will be provided)
              1:30 – 3:00 Documentary screening and Q&A

Venue: Alliance Defending Freedom
                440 First Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP Here.

Guests are welcome to attend all or part of the program, though we encourage all to attend both the panel discussion and the documentary screening.

Speakers:

Peter Wood, President, National Association of Scholars

Rebecca Sears, Media & Marketing Strategist, Alliance Defending Freedom

Rachelle Peterson, Director of Research Projects, National Association of Scholars and author of Outsourced to China

Mike Gonzalez, Senior Fellow, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Doris Liu, Director, In the Name of Confucius

Program

12:00 Lunch 
12:15 Welcome and Introduction from Peter Wood

12:20 Welcome from Rebecca Sears
12:25 Remarks by Rachelle Peterson 
12:35 Remarks by Mike Gonzalez 
12:45 Remarks by Doris Liu 
12:55 Remarks by David Kilgour

1:03 Q&A
1:25 Break
1:35 US premiere of In the Name of Confucius
2:35 Q&A
3:00 Conclusion

Direct questions to Rachelle Peterson, Peterson@nas.org or (917) 551-6770. RSVP Here.

About In the Name of Confucius

This is the first documentary exposé of the Chinese government’s multi-billion dollar Confucius Institute (CI), a Chinese language and culture program set up in partnership with foreign educational institutions. Since 2004, CIs have found their way into over 1,500 universities and schools worldwide.

When Canada’s largest school board, the TDSB, is slated to open the world’s largest Confucius Institute, the school trustees find themselves embroiled in a growing global controversy. Critics argue that the seemingly benign Confucius Institutes come at a significant cost—a loss of academic integrity, foreign influence, violations to human rights, and even potential infringements on national security. Beijing itself describes the CIs as an important part of China’s “overseas propaganda set up” and continues to open new institutes at a rate of one every week or two.

Joined by one former CI instructor whose defection and discrimination complaint let to the first ever closure of a CI on a North American campus, hundreds of disgruntled parents launch an anti-CI campaign. They were soon confronted by CI supporters, allegedly rallied by the Chinese consulate. The school board then turned into a battleground as the tension between the two camps grows—culminating in a vote that will decide the fate of the CI partnership. What will the school board choose: principles or interests?

The re-enactments star the reigning Miss World Canada, Anastasia Lin.

About Outsourced to China

Confucius Institutes are teaching and research centers located at colleges and universities, underwritten by the Chinese government. More than 100 Confucius Institutes are in operation at American campuses.

Confucius Institutes frequently attract scrutiny because of their close ties to the Chinese government. They are largely funded by a Chinese government agency, which screens teachers and selects textbooks. A stream of stories indicates that intellectual freedom, merit-based hiring policies, and other foundational principles of American higher education have received short shrift in Confucius Institutes.

This report includes case studies at twelve Confucius Institutes—two in New Jersey and ten in New York—making it one of the most thorough examinations of Confucius Institutes. It documents the hiring policies, funding arrangements, contracts signed by the university, pressure on affiliated faculty members, and more.

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