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News and Events: January-March 2013

Eighth Annual Educational Leadership Learning Exchange, March-April 2013

The Educational Leadership Learning Exchange (ELLE) is a joint program, originally created through Vanderbilt and South China Normal University. 2013 marked the first year (hopefully of many to come) in which ELLE has fallen under the purview of the US-China Center. The main focus of the program is international educational exchange and discussion between principals from Metropolitan Public Schools of Nasvhille (MPSN) and their counterparts in Guangzhou. From March 16-29, sixteen MPSN principals were able to travel to Guangzhou, and through their two weeks there, they were able to come away with a much deeper understanding of China, its culture, and the Chinese education system. For more information on their 2013 ELLE exchange, please visit

Additionally, for more information on the ELLE program in general, including current news and plans for ELLE 2014, please visit their website.

Kickoff of the US-China Education Dialogue Series, March 2013

The US-China Center for Education and Culture actively provides onsite resources and activities for faculty, students, and local schools. During March of 2013, the US-China Center provided three informational sessions, held at South China Normal University, on topics related to US education and culture. About a hundred faculty and students were in attendance, and the topics included: US educational reform, special education and inclusive education, and comparative education policy. We would like to thank all attendees and especially Dr. Hong Wang and Dawei Yang for coordinating the event.

Wu Force Concert, February 4th, 2013

Appalachia met China in this concert, held at Vanderbilt University's Student Life Center and co-sponsored by the Chinese Art Alliance of Nashville. Noted folk musician, friend of Vanderbilt and lover of Chinese culture Abigail Washburn was kind enough to host a musical workshop for faculty, students, and the Nashville Chinese Community.

After her workshop, Abigail performed for the captive audience as a member of Wu Force, a band that fuses traditional American folk with traditional Chinese musical styles. Accompanying her were Kai Welch, songwriter and folk instrumentalist, and Wu Fei, a Beijing-based world musician who plays the guzheng, or an ancient Chinese zither. The three artists were able to perform and share their insight and love of both music and culture with the audience.

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