Bell Library Special EventsThroughout 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.
Annual James Ford Bell Lecture
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
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.
Of interest around town
Minneapolis Institute of Arts:
The Infinite World: Chinese Figure Painting of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (14th-19th Centuries)
The Hours of Night and Day. A Newly Discovered Cycle of Bronze Reliefs by Giovanni Casini and Pietro Cipriani
The Rose Ensemble