NEWS RELEASE: The Confucius Institute at Pace University to Hold Open House and Chinese Cultural Day

On Friday April 29, 2011 The Confucius Institute at Pace University (Pace CI) will hold an open house and Chinese cultural day as well as a celebration on the occasion of the 2nd Anniversary of the Institute.

NEW YORK, NY, April 26, 2011 – On Friday April 29, 2011 The Confucius Institute at Pace University (Pace CI) will hold an open house and Chinese cultural day as well as a celebration on the occasion of the 2nd Anniversary of the Institute.  The event, which will take place in the Student Union at 1 Pace Plaza between 12 Noon and 4 PM, will feature tours of the Institute’s headquarters, a presentation on Pace CI’s programs, cultural demonstrations, lunch and a cake cutting to celebrate the CI’s 2nd year birthday.

The afternoon will be filled with hands-on workshops and cultural activities.  World renowned expert, Dr. Bin Zhou, will lead an interactive demonstration of the ancient art of calligraphy.  Participants will be able to learn Chinese calligraphy, experience living Chinese culture, and enjoy the beauty of Chinese characters.  Master Xueming Bao will lead a demonstration of Qi Gong, an exercise regimen that is a full body and breathing workout.

At the event, Pace CI staff members will also introduce the Confucius Institute’s newest program – Chinese Corner.  The Chinese Corner is a weekly Chinese Language and Cultural Gathering that allows non-native Chinese speakers to practice their language skills with native Chinese speakers in a friendly and welcoming environment.  The afternoon will conclude with a celebration of Pace CI’s 2nd Year Anniversary and a cake cutting.

Distinguished guests from the Consulate General of The People’s Republic of China in New York, the New York City Council, Manhattan’s Chinatown, and Pace University will be in attendance.

For more information about this event please contact the Confucius Institute at Pace University at ci@pace.edu or at 212-346-1880.

About the Confucius Institute at Pace University

Strategically located at the financial, civic, and cultural center of Manhattan, The Confucius Institute at Pace University is the first university-based institute of its kind in New York City. Founded in partnership with China’s Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, Pace’s Confucius Institute integrates pedagogical, scholarly, and professional expertise to promote the learning of Chinese language and culture and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding between people in the United States and China. 

About Pace

For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

“College” for would-be NY City Council members April 5-6

The first-ever school conducted in broad daylight for possible candidates for the New York City Council will be held at Pace University’s New York City Campus.

Contact: Christopher T. Cory, Director of Public Information
212-346-1117; cell 917-608-8164; ccory@pace.edu

ADVISORY

“College” for would-be New York City Council candidates April 5-6

WHAT: The antithesis of Tammany Hall: the first-ever school conducted in broad daylight for possible candidates for the New York City Council. This may be first such city-council candidate school in the U.S. (More commonly, training sessions are set up for newly elected officials after they win, or for candidates with specialized interests.)

WHERE: A half block east of City Hall at Pace University’s New York City campus, 1 Pace Plaza. Multi-Purpose room.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, 9 AM-5:15 PM.

WHO: Organized by Christopher Malone, Ph.D., a Pace University political scientist and expert on racial disenfranchisement. Malone was an unpaid consultant to George Martinez in his unsuccessful race for the Brooklyn City Council seat then held by Angel Rodriguez (later jailed on Federal bribery charges).

WHY: “Democracy needs real choices in competitive elections about issues, not just interests or personalities.” Also, “Campaign finance limits and election reforms have made elections more fair, but they also have increased the potential for technical complications that candidates need to be aware of.”

PARTICIPANTS include:
· Elected officials who believe in democracy enough not to fear they might encourage their own eventual opponents (Councilman Alan Gerson and State Senator Kevin Parker, possibly Councilwoman Gail Brewer)
· Other officials including Melanie Whatley of the NYC Campaign Finance Board
· Fernando Ferrer, former Bronx Borough President and mayoral candidate; John Flateau, a commissioner of the New York City Districting Commission which just finished redrawing the 51 Council district lines; well-known election law attorney Henry Berger; political journalists from the Gotham Gazette, Crain’s New York Business, and the New York Post
· Former City Council members, candidates, and campaign managers (may talk more freely than current officeholders).

COST: $50, students $15
MEDIA COVERAGE INVITED. REGISTRATION FEE WAIVED WITH PROPER CREDENTIALS.