April 10, 12:30 - 1:30 pm: Nick Spitzer, Ph.D., NPR’s American Routes creator and host, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, introduces French Louisiana through Cajun music (1-207)

April 10,  6:30 - 7:30 pm: Jesse Lége, Joel Savoy, and The Cajun Country Revival perform (Administration Building Auditorium)

April 11, 12:30 - 1:30 pm: Informal meeting of assigned students with Jesse Lége, Joel Savoy, and The Cajun Country Revival; Louisiana folklorist and filmmaker Conni Castille (1-207)


April 11,  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) ;

          6:30 - 8:00 pm: American Routes host Nick Spitzer presents his film Zydeco (1986) about African-French Louisiana musical traditions and identity (1-207)

Cultural Center Introduces Louisiana Cajun Music, Culture to Chinese Students



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March 20-21, Thursday and Friday

Cultures of the American Gulf Coast: Work and Play in Story and Song from Lousiana to Florida

March 20th, Thursday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

"Woody Sez", a play about the life of the musician Woody Guthrie

March 21st, Friday, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Assigned Students met informally with actors of "Woody Sez"


March 21st, Friday, 6:30 - 7:30pm

An informal concert and lecture on the life of Woody Gutherie


Sing with Your Lives

A Review of “Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie”

 by Ryana Yin, Center for Humanities and Culture Assistant

On 20th March, 2014, I stood at the NUPT Administration Building Auditoriumwaiting for our musician guests. I knew they had arrived even before I saw anything when I heard their lively and beautiful tunes flowing into my ears. They are a group of people who sing with their lives, and they are DAVID M. LUTKEN, DARCIE DEAVILLE, HELEN JEAN RUSSELL and ANDY TEIRSTEIN (1). As the performers warmed up, I was totally amazed by their proficiency in instrument playing, as well as by their talent in improvising. Upon completion of their warm up, the audience was given a lively audio-visual feast.

The show is named “Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie(2), which combines different pieces of music created by Woody Guthrie -- the noted twentieth century singer, songwriter, and folk musician -- along with the story of his  life journey.

The audience learns that after a big fire burned down Woody’s home when he was just a little boy, his family moved to a smaller place. A song with a rising and fallingtune mainly sung by Helen expressed the sorrow of Woody’s mother. Woody lost his sister, Clara, in another fire, and Woody believed that both fires were caused by his mother. Later, he learned that his mother had Huntington's Disease, a terrible sickness that can cause uncontrollable rage and mental illness. In this song, we learned that day after day, his mother was drowning in her own tears. A description given by little Woody focused on his mother’s eyes; even though she opened her eyes, there was no glitter in them. The melody expressed the mother’s sadness, and Woody’s words reflected what sorrow looked like in a little boy’s eyes.

On 14th April, 1935, there was a dust storm falling on Woody’s hometown in Oklahoma. Throughout the night, dust covered everything. When the sky dawned, the people witnessed the horrible situation of their homes, and they decided to leave --never to return. The tune rose in intensity to represent the gravity of the dust stormwhich, of course, caused fear among the villagers. Later on, the melody turned into calm mixed with despair, which showed the feeling of the people.

In a subsequent act, we learn about a train heading toward California in 1937. I still remember the wonderful melody of the song “This Train.” The line “This train carries no liars” suggests that this group of people was honest and lovely. That California was deemed to be promising and filled with hope by the westward travelers was communicated by a high tune with a fast rhythm. Again, with the coordination of both the melody and the lyrics, the audience was able to picture wonderful scenery using their imaginations.





March 6th, Thursday

Fulbright Scholar Presentations


Fulbright Scholar and Cabrillo College Professor David Allen Sullivan (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine) gave two presentations at the NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT on March 6, 2014 to audiences consisting of approximately two hundred students, faculty, and administrators.

In American Documentaries:  Fact Versus Fabrications,” Professor Sullivan asserted that each documentary demonstrates the viewpoint of the specific filmmaker and that one agreed upon truth when presenting information about a topic is not the reality of that which occurs. He used three films to demonstrate his point one of which was Henry Joost's and Ariel Schulman's Catfish (2010) which focuses on the social media website Facebook.

The Fulbright Scholar's sharing of the artistic expression of individuals inNew Orleans and Hurricane Katrina:  Racism and Classism Reflected in Poetry and Song” had powerful impact on the students one of whom inquired as to how we can better understand people from another culture. Professor Sullivan advised talking to individuals from the culture of interest in order to break down stereotypes which our NYIT-NUPT audiences will have an opportunity to do in upcoming Cultures of the American Gulf Coast: Work and Play in Story and Song from Louisiana to Floridaprogramming. (See NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT Schedule.)

By Cassie Chen







February 27-28, Thursday and Friday   

Cultures of the American Gulf Coast:  Work and Play in Story and Song from Louisiana to Florida 
The NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT welcomed sartist/filmmaker Luke Jaeger on Thursday, February 27 and FridayFebruary 28. Mr. Jaeger’s work combines traditional, low-techanimation techniques, unchanged for eighty years, with digital,nonlinear sound and video, avant garde music, and his owncontemporary sensibility. His artworks (and the dreams from whichthey're derived) inhabit a primal personal landscape, a world offeral industrial sites, train tracks, highway infrastructures,hidden urban surfaces of every kind. Among his influences are amotley mix of pre-war animation, 1930s hot jazz, modern Czechanimation master Jan Svankmajer, early MAD magazine, Yiddishculture, and the Caribbean-American sounds of his childhoodneighborhood in Brooklyn. Jaeger grew up in Brooklyn and attendedYale University, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, andMassachusetts College of Art. His animated films have been shown infestivals and theaters worldwide. There is nothing in his childhoodto explain his ongoing fascination with abandoned highways anddesolate industrial sites.
This event kicks off a full spring line-up which is supported by acultural affairs grant from the US Embassy. We will hold a seriesof two-day programs of music, media and conversations withscholars, documentarians and musicians that explore the profoundperformance traditions and environmental uniqueness of the GulfCoast stretching from Louisiana to Florida. University and publicaudiences will engage diverse cultural landscapes of Gulf CoastLouisiana and Florida in continuity and transformation of life asexpressed in music, narrative and media.

Best New American Independent Animation, curated by LukeJaeger

Birth (12 minutes) Signe Baumane                                   Secret Bee (3 minutes) 
House Bunny (2 minutes)                                                  Gina Kamentsky
Two (3 minutes) Steven Subotnick                                  Flying Fur Fragments (7 minutes) George Griffin
Overgrowth09 (1 minute) Lisa Crafts                             Why Do I Study Physics? (3 minutes) Shixie (XiangjunShi)
Eye Liner (4 minutes)                                                       Split Ends (4 minutes) 
Joanna Priestley                                                               Waiting Room (1 minute) 
Down Into Nothing (1 minute) Jake Fried                        Paredolia (8 minutes) Maya Erdelyi
A Modern Convenience (6 minutes) Maureen Selwood     Stay Home (6 minutes) Caleb Wood
Lazslo Lassu (4 minutes) Ben Popp                                    PINBALL (7 minutes) Suzan Pitt
Fishwife (4 minutes) Luke Jaeger                                    Taxonomy (4 minutes) Karen Aqua






Co-sponsor NYIT Nanjing School of Management: Professional Enrichment Program

Guest Speaker Event: "U.S. - China Business Cooperation."

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Consul General Robert Griffiths of the U.S. Consulate General Shanghai delivered a speech on “U.S. – China Cooperation” before an audience composed of more than one hundred students, faculty, and administrators for the joint New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Management Professional Enrichment Program and the NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT), Xianlin, Nanjing. The Consul General quoted Ambassador Gary F. Locke, Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and President Barack Obama as to the respective desire of each to see China take a strong and prosperous leadership role on the global stage. He provided evidence for the annual increase in China-US trade, and pointed out the continued cooperation between the two countries particularly in regard to the following: world trade, Chinese investment in the United States; exchange of students, language, and education; anti-corruption, food safety, and environmental health strategies; leadership in international organizations, energy development, and science; the celebration of Chinese culture in the USA and Hollywood in China. The Consul General also elaborated on the successful expansion of visa services which allows, significantly, for more face to face cooperation to occur between the individuals of the two countries.

Students asked a great variety of questions, for example:  Why didn’t the United States get involved in World War II until Pearl Harbor was attacked? Why does Apple have Taiwan as a separate nation on the map in its IPhone? Racial discrimination is a serious problem in the United States. What does the Consul General think about this?





Television Moving Online:  How the Rise of Netflix, Hulu, and Online Television is Changing American Television and American Pop Culture

FRIDAY, November 22

Political Officer DoriEnderle, U.S. Consulate General, Shanghai, presents "Television Moving Online:  How the Rise of Netflix, Hulu, and Online Television is Changing American Television and American Pop Culture"

12:30 - 1:30 pm. Teaching Bldg. One, room 207

Audience:  Communication Arts seniors


On Friday, November 22, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, United States Consulate General Shanghai Political Officer Dori Enderle offered a PowerPoint presentation on “Television Moving Online: How the Rise of Netflix, Hulu, and Online Television is Changing American Television and American Pop Culture” at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Center for Humanities and Culture at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT) to an audience of twenty senior Communication Arts students. Ms. Enderle elaborated on how being able to watch television online has increased the extent to which viewing audiences influence the content of shows as well as inspired individuals to make their own television shows and post them online. She indicated that patterns of viewing have changed, described the history of shows such as “House of Cards” and “Veronica Mars,” and included mention of the 2008 Writer’s Strike. Students asked questions such as the following: How does traditional TV deal with the threat of online TV?; Are comedies such as “Modern Family” areflection of ordinary American families?; How much do gay characters portrayed on TV reflect the society? Students interested in American society also asked questions about the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai. 




NYIT’School of Management Professional Enrichment Program


Vice Consul James Core on “International Business Education in the United States”



 U.S. Consulate General Shanghai Vice Consul James Core presented “International Business Education in the United States” to more than one hundred students, faculty, and administrators on Wednesday, November 13, 12:30 -1:30 pm on the Xianlin, Nanjing campus.


Vice Consul Core provided an overview of his topic by providing statistics in regard to the composition of business students in MBA programs, discussed business school diversity, and stressed typical classroom interaction; in addition, he described the need to focus on case studies, to give oral presentations, and to write papers in graduate school. Mr. Core suggested strategies for success by learning to prioritize and to work well in groups. The Vice Consul very generously shared his personal experiences in regard to why he chose Brigham Young University in Utah, the quality of his workload and relationships in the graduate program there, and his graduate training related travels. Finally, this political officer emphasized the need for writing well, innovation, and risk taking. The students felt extremely comfortable with the very personable Vice Consul Core as was evident by the numerous questions posed following his talk.







American Culture Club: Halloween Party! 

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NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT

 Fall 2013 Film Colloquium:  Louisiana Wednesdays

A screening followed by discussion beginning at 6:30