Mason to Dedicate Confucius Statue Donated by the Confucian Academy

Posted: April 7, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University will formally accept and dedicate a bronze statue of Confucius donated by the Confucian Academy of China. The dedication will take place at the Mason Pond, across the street from the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus on Wednesday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m.

The Confucian Academy is an educational institution dedicated to the teachings and philosophy of Confucius, who lived 551-479 BCE and is famous for his short, pithy quotes. As a symbol of Mason’s collaborations with China, the Confucian Academy has donated the statue as a gift.

The statue is approximately 11 feet tall and weighs two tons. It will be on permanent display.

Before the dedication ceremony, the Hope Chinese School “Mom” Dance Team will perform various Chinese dances on the North Plaza. In addition, students in Mason’s U.S.-China 1+2+1 program will perform Tai Chi.

A delegation of representatives from the Confucian Academy will be in attendance. Tong Yun Kai, president of the Confucian Academy, will participate in the ceremony.

For more information, contact Keith Segerson at segerson@gmu.edu.

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