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Delegation from National Museum of China: 2 PUBLIC LECTURES SET APRIL 20


The Michigan State University Museum will play host to a rare visit from a delegation from the National Museum of China on Friday, April 20, and the public is invited to attend two public lectures about the arts, history and cultural heritage in China.
The National Museum of China, in Beijing, is located at Tiananmen Square, the political and cultural center of China. With more than half a million artifacts, the National Museum of China covers Chinese history from 1.7 million years ago to the end of the Qing Dynasty, the last imperial dynasty in the early 1900s. Learn more:
Friday, April 20, MSU Museum Auditorium:
10-10:55 a.m. Presentation by Mr. Lu Zhangshen --
China National Museum and its Collections
10:55-11:45 a.m. Presentation by Mr. Qu Shengrui --
Intangible Culture Heritage and its Protection in China
While at Michigan State University, the delegation from the National Museum of China is also meeting with other cultural organizations and MSU departments.
"The MSU Museum is very pleased to welcome Mr Lu Zhangshen and the delegation from the National Museum of China," said Dr Gary Morgan, MSU Museum director. "Michigan State University is developing and growing a diverse array of partnerships with Chinese universities and industry, and we are excited that cultural exchanges and collaborations between museums can also be a vital part of this international program."
Over the past three years, the MSU Museum has been working in partnership with the American Folklore Society to develop a new American-Chinese Cultural Heritage Initiative. Museum curators and government officials are exploring ways to establish connections to encourage academic studies, exchanges and exhibitions.
"A number of important arts and culture exchanges have been incubated by the MSU Office of Outreach and Engagement, the MSU Museum and various cultural organizations in China. There is enormous potential for collectively using the vast resources represented by our individual organizations towards advancing international educational and cultural exchanges,"  adds C. Kurt Dewhurst, director of Arts and Culture Initiatives, MSU University Outreach and Engagement.
The Michigan State University Museum is also working with the U.S. Embassy in China, South Arts, and Arts Midwest on the development of an international touring exhibition of American quilts as well as on the inclusion into the Quilt Index of the quilt collection of the Yunnan Nationalities Museum (Kunming, China).