James Ford Bell Library

48th Annual James Ford Bell Lecture, October 7, 2010

Jonathan Spence

Sterling Professor of History, Yale University

"Ricci's Map: Its Place in his China Strategy"


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. Among his many books: The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci.




This event was presented by the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library with support from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Additional sponsors included: The Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries, and the Center for Early Modern History.



More About Jonathan Spence

Portrait of Matteo Ricci, 1610: Portrait of Matteo Ricci by Emmanuel Pereira (born Yu Wen-Hui). Jesuit House, Rome.Portrait of Matteo Ricci, 1610 by Emmanuel Pereira. Jesuit House, Rome.

Born Yu Wen-Hui, Pereira converted to Christianity and then served the Jesuit mission in China as a lay brother. He was trained as an artist by Jesuit Giovanni Nicolao.


Learn More About Matteo Ricci and the Map

Who Was Matteo Ricci

Global Positioning c. 1600: A Rare World Map

Google Scholar Search on "Ricci Map"



About the James Ford Bell Trust

The Trust was established by James Ford Bell, founder of the library that bears his name; it conducts its work to benefit the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota. The acquisition of the "Impossible Black Tulip" is the result of a two-year search for an important addition to the collection in keeping with its founder's vision and complementing other major holdings.

Trustees of the James Ford Bell Trust

Dr. Ford W. Bell, President of the American Association of Museums

Diane B. Neimann, noted philanthropic advisor



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