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Matteo Ricci, Li Zhizao, and Zhang Wentao's World Map of 1602 and other University Library Resources

Chinese teachers and school administrators will have a private viewing of the James Ford Bell Trust and University of Minnesota’s recent acquisition of the “Impossible Black Tulip” and learn about the significance of the map, and other Chinese maps in the University’s collection. Dr. Marguerite Ragnow, Curator of the James Ford Bell Library, will make a presentation about the Kunyu wanguo quantu, the earliest surviving Chinese map to show the Americas. Attendees will learn information about the map in historical context. Dr. Ragnow will also make suggestions about how this and other Chinese language materials from the University collection can be incorporated into high school curriculum.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.


FREE, but registration required, and seating is limited


Fourth Floor,
O. Meredith Wilson Library
309–19th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

To Register

Contact Emily Hanson at (612) 625-5080 or