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Konfuzius-Institut an der Universität Chicago
Sep 29th, 2014 by Gao

Magnus Fiskesjö: Confucius about-face: „Chicago to Close Confucius Institute“ (H-Asia)
Statement
 on the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago (UChicagoNews)

The University of Chicago has informed Madame Xu Lin, director-general of Hanban and chief executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, of the University’s decision to suspend negotiations for the renewal of the agreement for a second term of the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago (CIUC).

Elizabeth Redden: Chicago to Close Confucius Institute (Inside Higher Ed)

The decision follows a petition, signed by more than 100 faculty members this spring, calling for the closure of the institute.

Elizabeth Redden: Rejecting Confucius Funding (Inside Higher Ed)
Te-Ping Chen, Fanfan Wang: Thanks, But No Thanks, University of Chicago Tells Confucius Institute (Wall Street Journal)

[I]n a report published on September 19 by the state-backed Jiefang Daily, Ms. Xu [the director-general of the Hànbàn] appeared to have revealed details about her conversations with university administrators. After the professors protested the university’s relationship with the Confucius Institute in April, the paper said that Ms. Xu wrote a letter to the college president containing one sentence: “If your school has made the decision it wants to pull out, then I agree.” She said the same thing in a phone call to the university’s representative in Beijing, the report said.

王一:文化的困境,在于不知不觉(解放日报)

除了智慧,刚柔并济,是她的风格,也是武器。
  许琳的刚与硬,很多人都领教过。今年4月下旬,美国芝加哥大学百名退休教授联名要求停办孔子学院,许琳直接一封信写给芝加哥大学校长、一个电话打给其驻京代表,只有一句话,“只要你们学校做决定退出,我就同意”。她的态度,让对方着了急,很快答复,校方决定继续办好孔子学院。

About-face (Economist)
Confucius says (Economist)
Didi Kirsten Tatlow: University of Chicago’s Relations With Confucius Institute Sour (New York Times)

Cynthia Ning: Reflections on the first decade of the Confucius Institute Program (People’s Daily)

Of course there have been many challenges that come along with the boon of the CI. Many CI directors groan in frustration as the latest „anti-Confucius Institute“ volley is levied against us, generally in the media. Most U.S. directors of CIs are academics with decades of experience, and none of us takes „academic freedom“ lightly. Therefore, my answer to the often-asked question „Does Confucius Institute funding threaten academic freedom at U.S. universities?“ is a categorical “No; if Confucius Institute (or any other external) funding were to seriously threaten academic freedom, we would cease to accept that funding.”

Zhang Jianfeng: Rejecting Confucius Institutes not helpful to understand China (Xinhua/CCTV)

Recently, the University of Chicago announced it had suspended negotiations to renew its agreement to host a Confucius Institute, meaning Chinese language study in the university would cease soon. [sic!]
Though the university did not detail the reasons behind the suspension, many believed it was linked to the American Association of University Professors boycott of CI.
By shutting the door of a Confucius Institute, the University of Chicago not only denied students an opportunity to learn Chinese and Chinese culture, but also a channel to reduce misunderstandings.

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