Posting Date: June 1, 2010
Kennesaw State faculty visit Shanghai for cultural exchange
Project included recitals, master classes and lecture demonstrations
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Oral Moses with Shanghai Normal University music students
KENNESAW, Ga.—Three Kennesaw State University faculty members recently participated in a Faculty Arts and Cultural Exchange project with Shanghai Normal University. On May 4, Associate Professor of Dance Ivan Pulinkala, Professor of Theatre Ming Chen and Professor of Voice Oral Moses departed for Shanghai. During the trip, the professors performed recitals, participated in master classes and explored Shanghai. In the fall, several Chinese professors will return the visit, bringing their insights and expertise to KSU students.
Co-sponsored by the KSU Quality Enhancement Plan: Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship and the KSU Confucius Institute, the trip provided a unique cultural experience for both KSU faculty and students of SHNU. To complete the partnership, three faculty members of SHNU will visit KSU in September.
“It was a unique opportunity to get to work with students from China,” says Pulinkala, who taught master classes, participated in lecture demonstrations and set a piece of choreography for the students based on the interactions during the classes. Pulinkala adds, “The students were very receptive to my work. They are very eager to learn and grow. Learning took place on many different levels; the creative, artistic, technical and cultural.” The piece choreographed by Pulinkala is scheduled to be performed in Shanghai this summer.
Chen initiated the project, helped to contact and coordinate with SHNU in preparation for the trip and also served as translator for part of Pulinkala's master classes and other activities. When Chen was not translating, the university provided a translator for the other activities. “The university was so hospitable. They did a lot of work to make sure that our China trip was productive and enjoyable,” Chen says. The trip, according to Chen, was a great success. The project enhanced and will continue to enhance global learning.”
On the night of arrival, Moses performed a recital at the university. Accompanied by a student musician who learned all the music beforehand, Moses performed songs from his repertoire. Moses says, “The recital was very well received, and I was very impressed with the accompanist. The experience was wonderful.”
The next day, while Pulinkala and Chen were teaching master classes to dance students, Moses taught master classes to the whole voice department at the university. During the classes, the students helped Moses learn a Chinese folk song, which he will practice during the summer and perform for the KSU community and the public in September.
Through the trip, KSU established connections that will continue to provide unique learning experiences in the future. For instance, according to Chen, Shanghai Normal expressed interest in establishing a joint curricular program that would allow students from each university to take classes offered by the dance program at the other university and receive credit towards their degree.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.