History Department Lecture Series
21st Annual Freedeman Memorial Lecture
Dr. Ronnie Po-chia Hsia, the Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of History at Pennsylvania
November 9, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in
Casadesus Recital Hall on the Binghamton University Campus
Dr. Ronnie Po-chia Hsia, the Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University, will give a talk entitled "Apostolate by the Book: Ricci and China." The sixteenth century was the golden age of printing in Europe and China. New ideas and old orthodoxies were propagated in books: religious, geographic and scientific information spread globally, while social and intellectual networks thickened thanks to the printed book. This lecture will explore the role of printing and the book market in the making of the career of Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit and the most famous Catholic missionary in China.
A prominent senior scholar in the fields of early modern world and early modern European history, Dr. Hsia has published numerous highly respected books and articles on the Protestant Reformation, Catholic Renewal, anti-Semitism, and the encounter between Europe and Asia. He is currently working on a study of the history of cultural encounter between Counter-Reformation Europe and the Ming and Qing empires of China.