Spring 2020 NSU Noon Forums kick off with visiting Chinese pianist

Image of NSU logo and head shot of visiting pianist

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The spring 2020 Northern State University Noon Forums will kick off Wednesday, Jan. 29, at noon in the Williams Library Round Room with visiting Chinese pianist Dr. Pei-Lei Lin.

Lin, an associate professor of music education at the University of Jinan, will present “Chinese Piano Music and Music Education.” The event is free and open to the public.

Lin completed her doctorate in piano performance at the University of Minnesota in 2015. Her numerous highlights from her years in the Twin Cities include winning the U of M Concerto Competition in January 2015; performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the U of M Orchestra in February 2015; and performing at Garrison Keillor’s home for a U of M fundraising soirée.

At the University of Jinan, she advises and teaches undergraduate and graduate piano students, and was the recipient of the university’s 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Lin has been invited to perform actively in the past few years at locations in China and Taiwan. Along with the noon forum, her upcoming visit to Northern also includes a free, public piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in Krikac Auditorium.

Forums will continue throughout the semester at noon most Wednesdays in the library. Remaining topics are as follows:

  • Feb. 5: Impeachment and Zombies (Ken Blanchard))
  • Feb. 12: Northern and the Twitter Storm (Justin Fraase)
  • Feb. 19: Justice and the Common Good (Brian Bengs)
  • Feb. 26: Extended Realities (Instructional Design Team)
  • March 4: Five Essential Films on Death and Dying (Steven Usitalo and Kristi Brownfield)
  • March 11 and 18: No Forums
  • March 25: The 2020 Legislative Session: What Just Happened? (Julie Johnson)
  • April 1: Frodo, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Message of Hope for a Cynical Age (Jon Schaff)
  • April 8: NSU Business Alumni and General Education: An Assessment of Perceived Relevance (Kristi Bockorny and Hannah Walters)
  • April 15: Campus Collaboration Technology (Instructional Design Team)
  • April 22: Dueling Ink II (Pen Pearson and Lysbeth Benkert-Rasmussen)
  • April 29: The Last Lecture I’d Ever Give (Corey Klatt)

For more information, contact Dr. Art Marmorstein at 605-626-2608 or Art.Marmorstein@northern.edu.

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