Center for Humanities and Culture

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


Bi-weekly Monday Evening English Corner meetings led by Professor David Oliver, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Bi-weekly Monday Evening Florida Focus Film Colloquium begins March 17, 6:30 p.m.

Florida Focus Film Colloquium

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 p.m.: Informal gathering with Animator Luke Jaeger
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Animator Luke Jaeger presents “Best Contemporary American Short Films”

February 28

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Lecture on “Best Contemporary American Short Films”

March 6 - 7, Thursday and Friday

  • Fulbright Scholar Presentations

March 6

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Fulbright scholar David Allen Sullivan (Cabrillo College, CA; Xian International Studies University) presents “American Documentaries: Facts versus Fabrications “
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m. Fulbright Scholar David Allen Sullivan presents “New Orleans: Racism, Classism, and Hurricane Katrina” with NUPT School of Foreign Languages and NYIT Nanjing Dean’s Office

March 20 - 21, Thursday and Friday

  • Cultures of the American Gulf Coast

March 20

  • 6:30-8:00 p.m.: “Woody Sez” a play about the life of the musician Woody Guthrie

March 21

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. ten to fifteen Communication Arts students meet informally with actors of “Woody Sez”
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. an informal concert and/or lecture on life of Woody Guthrie

April 10 - 11, Thursday and Friday

  • Cultures of the American Gulf Coast

April 10

  • 2:30-1:30 p.m.: 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 Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy & The Cajun Country Revival. Spitzer will also discuss the cultural complexity of the region.
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy & The Cajun Country Revival perform (Administration Building Auditorium)

April 11

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Informal meeting of assigned students with Nick Spitzer; Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy & The Cajun Country Revival; Louisiana folklorist and filmmaker Conni Castille
  • 4:30-6:00 p.m. Filmmaker Conni Castille presents I Always Do My Collars First (2006) and her Cajun/Creole cowboy film T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story (2012). (Administration Building Auditorium)
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. American Routes Nick Spitzer presents his film Zydeco (1986) about African-French Louisiana musical traditions and identity. (Open to the public.)

April 15

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: NYIT Academic Dean Roger Yu leads open Dialogue between NYIT and NUPT faculty and students on the relationship between the Arts and Sciences.

April 30, Wednesday

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: US Consulate General Shanghai Economic Unit Chief Sara Yun on “The Asian American Experience in the United States”Anchor

May 5, Monday

  • English Corner, 6:30-8:00: 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.

May 7, Wednesday

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: U.S. Consulate General Shanghai Consulate Officer Stephan Whitney on "American Business Ethics" Co-sponsored by the School of Management Professional Enrichment Program
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: U.S. Consulate General Shanghai Information Systems Officer James Fowler on “SoftwareEngineering Education in the U.S.” 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 (with Nick Spitzer's presence)

May 15

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Sandra Parks, M.A., Independent Scholar, "The Life and Work of Floridian Folklorist Stetson Kennedy", #1, 300
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Sacred Steel Guitar Campbell Brothers Concert, #1, first floor

May 16

  • 2:30-1:30 p.m.: Informal gathering with American Routes Josh Kohn (and Nick Spitzer), and The Campbell Brothers in the Center including traditional Chinese instrument players such as May Yu Xiang, the erhu player, #1, 207
  • 12:30-13:30 p.m.: Sandra Parks, M.A., Independent Scholar, "Critical Thinking About Assumptions: Their Eyes Were Watching God" (Description: This model lesson demonstrating uncovering unstated assumptions will explore racial stereotypes in the Gulf South at mid-twentieth century.) #1, 300
  • 4:30 p.m.: Film Colloquium: Sam Pollard’s Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun (2008); Robert Stone's Sacred Steel: the Steel Guitar Tradition of the House of God Churches (1996)
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