University of Minnesota, School of Kinesiology - Tianjin University of Sport

American Cultural Center for Sport

 


Summary

The American Cultural Center for Sport was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State and is a partnership between the University’s China Center and School of Kinesiology and the Tianjin University of Sport in Tianjin, China. The main objective of the center is to demonstrate to the Chinese people how sport culture and values are integrated into the larger American society and how these cultural values influence American viewpoints, global outlook and engagement in everything from business and politics to arts and communication. The center will organize events and provide resources such as athletic exchanges and collaborations, guest lectures by university faculty and other experts, a reading room of print and online resources, and training for teachers to integrate the culture of sport into their curricula.

 

The main objective of the American Cultural Center for Sport in Tianjin is to bring culturally-oriented instruction, exchanges, and engagement to Chinese people. The center uses the medium of sport to examine deeply held cultural values within American society. The unique sports-focused programming reaches a broad audience through public lectures, presentations, and education initiatives—all designed to develop a deeper understanding of fundamental American values through the education, language, and play of sport.  

 

美国明尼苏达大学运动技能学院与中国天津体育学院之间建立了友好合作关系,在美国国务院的资助下成立了美国体育文化中心。该中心的主要目标是向中国人展示体育文化与价值观是如何进入更广泛的美国社会,以及这些文化价值观如何影响美国人的个人观点,全球视野和如何影响进入商业、政治、艺术到沟通领域的参与度。文化中心还会提供丰富的资源,组织的活动包括体育交流与合作,大学教师或相关专家客座演讲,阅览室供学生打印和在线下载资源,培训教师如何将体育文化融入课程中等等活动。


2015-2016 Programming Highlights

  • Visiting scholars and lectures – Bob and Kim Griffith lecture series

 

  • Received a grant from Centers for International Business Education & Research 
  • China 100 – 100th anniversary for the first Chinese student at University of Minnesota 

 

  • Fourth Annual American Sports Film Festival
 
 
 

Leadership

Tianjin University of Sport

Jin Zongqiang

体育教育训练一系

Tianjin University of Sport

1994年入天津体育学院学习,先后获得教育学学士、硕士学位,2001年入北京体育大学在职攻读体育教育训练学博士学位。2001年7月至今在天津体育学院田径教研室任教。2005年晋升为副教授,2006年开始担任硕士研究生导师。现任体育教育训练一系副主任。
•    2001.9——2004.6 北京体育大学 体育教育训练学专业,获教育学博士;
•    1998.9——2001.7 天津体育学院 体育教育训练学专业,获教育学硕士;
•    2012.9——2013.2 美国春田学院 体育教育专业 访问学者

 

University of Minnesota

Joan Brzezinski

Executive Director

China Center and Confucius Institute

University of Minnesota 

Joan Brzezinski, executive director of the China Center and Confucius Institute, graduated from Hamline University with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian history and later finished a Master of International Management degree at the University of St. Thomas. While at Hamline University, she was selected to participate in the reciprocal exchange program at Peking University, the first undergraduate-level exchange program with a private university in the U.S.

For more than twenty years, Joan worked in tourism and travel marketing and operations in China and the U.S and later as a business consultant to companies working in China. She has made more than thirty trips to China and has visited most major regions of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 1997, she joined the China Center where she administered the China Center’s business and activities. In 2008, Joan became the director of the newly established Confucius Institute. Since then, she has assisted the State of Minnesota in their discussions with the Hanban regarding a state-level visiting teachers program, developed a number of professional development seminars and meetings for Chinese language teachers throughout Minnesota, and worked with school districts to bring quality Chinese language programming to schools and enhance Chinese cultural offerings throughout Minnesota.