President Gary Ransdell speaks to the participants of the first Joint Meeting of the United States Confucius Institutes held in the United States. More than 260 delegates, representing 91 universities, were in attendance along with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, state Reps. Jim DeCesare and Jody Richards, Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney McPhee, and Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters Madame Xu Lin.