The NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT is a New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Nanjing organization funded by a grant from the United States Embassy, Beijing and the United States Department of State located on the campus of its partner institution, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT). Its purpose is to provide a venue in which to foster intercultural communication through the exchange of ideas and art and thereby enhance international understanding.
The NYIT Center is one of the twelve American Culture Centers in China created to present a variety of American viewpoints to the Chinese. The NYIT Director, NUPT Associate Director, and sixteen part time NYIT-NUPT students are responsible for presenting at least one international and/or local guest speaker a month in addition to conducting weekly activities such as international film colloquiums and English Corner. Specific activities may include the following: lectures by international or local scholars and politicians; readings or screenings and discussions of the work of novelists, poets, filmmakers, and dramatists; performances of dancers and musicians; demonstrations and/or exhibits of painters, sculptors, and folk artists.
The Directors and student Assistants of the NYIT Center at NUPT are also responsible for hosting annual NYIT-NUPT Film Festivals & Symposiums and Language and Literature Conferences. The recently completed Center is an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable place where Chinese and international students, faculty, staff, guests, and the public can congregate to read available periodicals and other materials from our library, use the MAC computers, and share ideas both formally and informally in English.
Spring 2014 NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT Schedule
English Corner (formerly American Culture Club), Mondays, 6:30 pm, bi-weekly – led by ESL Coordinator David Oliver, M.A. (schedule forthcoming)
February 27-28, Thursday and Friday
Cultures of the American Gulf Coast: Work and Play in Story and Song from Louisiana to Florida
February 27, 12:30-1:30 pm: Informal gathering with Animator Luke Jaeger
6:30-7:30 pm Animator Luke Jaeger presents “Best Contemporary American Short Films”
February 28, 6:30-7:30 pm lecture on “Best Contemporary American Short Films”
March 5, Wednesday, 12:30-1:30 pm: US Consulate General Shanghai Economic Unit Chief Sara Yun on “The Asian American Experience in the United States”
March 6, 7 Thursday and Friday Fulbright Scholar Presentations
March 6, 12:30-1:30 pm Fulbright scholar David Allen Sullivan (Cabrillo College, CA; Xian International Studies University) presents “American Documentaries: Facts versus Fabrications “
March 7, 12:30-1:30 pm on Southern Literature and Poetry
March 20-21, Thursday and Friday Cultures of the American Gulf Coast
March 20, 6:30-8:00 pm: “Woody Sez” a play about the life of the musician Woody Guthrie
March 21, 12:30-1:30 pm ten to fifteen Communication Arts students meet informally with actors of “Woody Sez”
6:30-7:30 pm an informal concert and/or lecture on life of Woody Guthrie
April 7, Monday Cultures of the American Gulf Coast
6:30-8:00 pm, Monday: NYIT Professor David Oliver presents “Don’t Ever Drink from an Open Bottle: Delta Blues and the Robert Johnson Story," an overview of Mississippi Delta blues with an emphasis on the life and music of Robert Johnson. A film, lecture, and guitar workshop is featured as an American Culture Club event.
April 10 – 11, Thursday and Friday Cultures of the American Gulf Coast
April 10, 12:30-1:30 pm: Nick Spitzer, Ph.D., folklorist, creator, and host of NPR’s American Routes; Professor of Anthropology, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, will introduce French Louisiana through Cajun music of Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege & the Cajun Country Revival. Spitzer will also discuss the cultural complexity of the region.
6:30-7:30 pm: Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege & The Cajun Country Revival perform
April 11, 12:30-1:30 pm: informal meeting of ten to fifteen Communication Arts seniors with Nick Spitzer; Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege & The Cajun Country Revival; Louisiana folklorist and filmmaker Conni Castille
4:30-6:00 pm Filmmaker Conni Castille presents I Always Do My Collars First (2006) and her Cajun/Creole cowboy film T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story (2012). Question and Answer.
6:30-8:00 pm American Routes Nick Spitzer presents his film Zydeco (1986) about African French musical traditions and identity which complements the Francité of the region with Creole culture.
April 15 – May 31
“Women of Courage” Notable African-American Women Oral History and Photograph Exhibit (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University) — 54 photographs with labels and short bios and oral histories of each
April 15, 12:30-1:30 pm NYIT Academic Dean Roger Yu leads open Dialogue between NYIT and NUPT faculty and students on the relationship between the Arts and Sciences.
April 28, 29, Monday and Tuesday Fulbright Scholar Presentations
April 28, 12:30-1:30 pm Fulbright scholar David Allen Sullivan (Cabrillo College, CA; Xian International Studies University) presents “American Documentaries: Facts versus Fabrications “
April 29,12:30-1:30 pm on Southern Literature and Poetry
May 7, Wednesday, 12:30-1:30 pm
U.S. Consulate General Shanghai Information Systems Officer James Fowler on “SoftwareEngineering Education in the U.S.” ( in rm. 300) Co-sponsored by ECE, Career Services, and the Center for Humanities and Culture
May 15 – 16, Thursday and Friday Cultures of the American Gulf Coast
American Routes tour director and folklorist Josh Kohn moderates the Florida program
May 15, 12:30-1:30 pm: Sandra Parks, M.A., Independent Scholar, on the Life and Work of Floridian folklorist Stetson Kennedy
4:30-5:30 pm The Campbell Brothers – sacred-steel musicians meet informally with ten to fifteen Professor David Oliver Technical Writing students
May 16, 12:30-1:30 pm: Sandra Parks, M.A., on “Critical Thinking” (for freshman, sophomores, and juniors –TBA-- in room 300)
6:30-8:00 pm: The Campbell Brothers perform