Author: SL Lee
Date: 08-31-10 13:59
48th Annual Bell Lecture: Jonathan Spence, "Ricci's Map: Its Place in his China Strategy"
jonathanspence247x165.jpgWhen:Thursday, October 7, 2010
Where: Willey Hall
Cost: $15 for general public; $10 for Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries and Associates of the James Ford Bell Library; free for students with a valid ID (limit two free tickets per student). Tickets will be available for sale from the University of Minnesota ticket office.
Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, author of several books including The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci, and one of the world's leading authorities on Chinese history and culture, will deliver the 48th Annual James Ford Bell Lecture.
At the center of Spence's talk is the famous Kunyu Wanguo Quantu (or Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the Earth). Recently purchased by the James Ford Bell Trust for the benefit of the James Ford Bell Library and now on loan to the University of Minnesota, the map will be part of the exhibition, "Matteo Ricci and the Jesuits in China." More about the map, including exhibit details, can be found at www.lib.umn.edu/bell.
Professor Spence is widely recognized as a leading scholar of Chinese history. On May 20th, he presented the 39th Annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.