James Ford Bell Library

Annual James Ford Bell Lectures

The Legacy of Matteo Ricci: A Jesuit Humanist's Encounter with Ming China


Dr. M. Antoni J. Ucerler, Director of the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco, will present the 2015 James Ford Bell Lecture on Thursday, September 24, 2015.


The lecture will be held in the Elmer L. Andersen Library, Rm. 120, on the U of MN Twin Cities' West Bank Campus. Time and other details coming soon.


About M. Antoni Ucerler

M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J. is the Director of the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History and Associate Professor of East Asian studies at the University of San Francisco. He is also a Visiting Fellow of East Asian Studies at Campion Hall, at the University of Oxford. He teaches courses in both early modern Japanese and global history, including topics in East Asian and European thought. His main research and teaching interests include Japanese samurai history, the era of European maritime empires and expansion into Asia (1450-1750), and the early history of Christianity in Japan and China. He is especially interested in the early books, maps, and artwork that were produced as a result of this encounter between East and West.

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The James Ford Bell Lecture is offered each year with the support of the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library.


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