The Director's Message

The Confucius Institute at Stony Brook was inaugurated in April 2009 with the campus visit of PRC State Councilor Madame LIU Yandong. Ever since, CI-SBU has been offering non-credit Chinese language courses at various levels of instruction, and social and cultural programming for the campus and Long Island communities. This is achieved with the financial support of Hanban (in China) and in cooperation with Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL)—our partner institution in Wuhan, China. As a unit under the International Academic Programs and Services (IAPS), CI-SBU also receives guidance from both our Stony Brook University advisory board and Zhongnan University advisory board. As a result of strong relationship with Consulate General of the PRC in New York, CI-SBU serves as a platform for Chinese cultural diplomacy for the SBU community, the surrounding community and many academic relationships that have been established between China and Stony Brook University.

As director, I will work towards liaising with both academic and cultural units on Stony Brook campus to increase collaborations of academic exchange and cultural awareness to our campus and local communities. While continuing to provide non-credit Chinese language courses at various levels of instruction, social and cultural events on campus, CI-SBU will implement new academic initiatives such as inter-college conferences, junior scholars’ symposiums/workshops, and doctoral students’ lecture series, etc., on a regular basis.

E.K. Tan, PhD
Director of the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
21 January 2016

* Dr. Tan joined Stony Brook in 2007 as Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory (CAT). He has worked closely with our undergraduate curriculum as Director of undergraduate Studies for CAT and adviser for the Cinema and Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, and Women’s and Gender Studies undergraduate programs. His research on Sinophone studies and Chinese Diaspora studies will provide him with the knowledge and tools to serve as director to the CI-SBU.

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