James Ford Bell Library

Annual James Ford Bell Lectures

Two Jesuits, Two Manuscripts, Two Visions of Ming China

Thursday, 24 September 2015

M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J. (D.Phil., Oxon.), Associate Professor of East Asian Studies and 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.

Thursday, September 24, 2015; 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
120 Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222-21st Av S, Minneapolis, MN 55455. University of Minnesota Twin Cities west bank campus

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Free and open to the public
Reservations requested by September 17: z.umn.edu/bell2015

Among the first Westerners to set sail from Europe to East Asia were a number of Jesuits. The most famous missionary to make his way to China was the Italian, Matteo Ricci (1552-1610). Another Jesuit, who worked mainly in the Philippines but visited the Middle Kingdom during the same period, was the Spaniard, Alonso Sánchez (1545-1593). Although both claimed inspiration from Francis Xavier, they clashed on how to engage with Chinese culture. The James Ford Bell Library has original copies of "manuscripts" by both men -- witnesses to two very different stories.

We hope you can join us for this very special evening!

The James Ford Bell Library is grateful to the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library and the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries for their support of this event.


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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