James Ford Bell Library

Bell Library Special Events

Throughout the year, the Bell Library sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of special events: lectures, conferences, performances, receptions, and other cultural activities. Check this page regularly for new links and listings! And don't forget to investigate our Exhibits and Annual Lecture pages, too.

Upcoming Events

Annual James Ford Bell Lecture

Dr. M. Antoni UcerlerDr. M. Antoni Ucerler

September 24, 2015

Two Jesuits, Two Manuscripts, Two Visions of Ming China

120 Andersen Library, U of MN Twin Cities, West Bank Campus; 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public. To reserve your seat: z.umn.edu/bell2015

Among the first Westerners to set sail from Europe to East Asia were a number of Jesuits. The msot famous missionary to make his way to China was the Italian, Matteo Ricci (1552-1610). Another Jesuit, who worked mainly nt eh Philippines but visited the Middle Kingdom during the same period, was the Spaniard, Alonso Sánchez (1545-1593). Although both claimed Francis Xavier as their inspiration, 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 veyr different stories.

About the speaker:
M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S. J. (D.Phil., Oxon.) is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies and Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, at the University of San Francisco.

Annual Carl Sheppard Memorial Lecture in Medieval Art History

October 22, 2015 at the James Ford Bell Library. 7:00 p.m.

Professor Lawrence Nees, Art History, University of Delaware, will present: "A Copper-alloy Plate with Architectural Imagery in Berlin....and Jerusalem?"

Annual Bell Library Open House

Friday, December 11, 2015; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Library

Recent Events

The Annual Rutherford Aris Memorial Lecture in Communication Technologies

Professor Carmela Vircillo Franklin, Columbia University

Damnatio Memoriae: A Lost 'Book of the Popes' from the Twelfth Century

April 23, 2015; 120 Andersen Library

This Center for Medieval Studies Event is co-sponsored by the James Ford Bell Library. Professor Aris, a member of the faculties of Chemical Engineering and Classics, was a long-time supporter of the Bell Library and a member of the Associates board.

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