Events

Documentary: In the Name of Confucious
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to Monday, March 4, 2019 - 3:00pm
Documentary: In the Name of Confucious

Documentary Screening + Panel Discussion: In the Name of Confucius
When: Monday, March 4, 1 pm - 3 pm
Where: Parsons Gallery (212 Urban Center), 506 SW Mill Street

In the Name of Confucius, is the first documentary exposé of China’s multi-billion dollar Confucius Institute (CI) program, and the growing global controversies surrounding it—loss of academic integrity, foreign influence, violations to human rights codes, and even potential infringements on national security.  In the Name of Confucius examines the reasons universities and schools welcome or reject the CI program. It provides an important and timely perspective on some of the unintended outcomes of our strengthening ties with a rising Communist China, as Beijing spends an estimated $10-billion annually on “external propaganda”, including the Confucius Institute initiative.

Since its completion in 2016, In the Name of Confucius has won 13 international awards and nominations. As of December 2018, In the Name of Confucius has been screened over 80 times in 12 countries on 5 continents, including screenings on over 20 university campuses, i.e. Harvard University, University of California San Diego, Tufts University and premieres in the parliaments of the United Kingdom and Australia.  

Portland State University Confucius Institute (PSU-CI) has been operating since 2007.  PSU-CI helped establish 32 Confucius Classrooms in local K-12 Schools.  It is time for PSU to engage in an open, transparent, and meaningful discussion on the matters of the Confucius Institute.  Please join us! 

A panel discussion will follow the documentary screening.  Panelists include: 

  • Doris Liu:  Director of In the Name of Confucius 
  • Dr. Jennifer Ruth: Professor of Film Studies, PSU
  • Rachelle Peterson, Policy Director, the National Association of Scholars
  • Dorjee Tseten, Executive Director, Students for a Free Tibet

FREE and open to the public.