Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series to welcome Asian Studies scholarFebruary 23, 2010
Princeton University scholar Benjamin Elman will be the guest speaker as part of the 2010 Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series presented by Rowan University's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences on Wednesday, March 3, at 10:50 a.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center.
The title of Elman's lecture is "Why Blame China? Who Was Responsible for the Limits of Jesuit Science and Technical Transmission to China in the 18th Century?"
A professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton, Elman's lecture will focus on why the Chinese never learned about the "Newtonian Century" in Europe and its analytic style of mathematical reasoning until after the Opium War. He will explore reasons for the failure of the Jesuit mission in China and the presumed underdevelopment of science in imperial China.
His talk is free and open to the public.
Elman's teaching and research fields include Chinese intellectual and cultural history, 1000-1900; the history of science in China, 1600-1850; and Sino-Japanese cultural history, 1600-1850.
His publications include: From Philosophy to Philology: Intellectual and Social Aspects of Change in Late Imperial China; Classicism, Politics and Kinship: The Ch'ang-chou School of New Text Confucianism in Late Imperial China; and A Cultural History of Civil Examinations in Late Imperial China.
More recent book projects include: On their Own Terms: Science in China, 1550-1900 and A Cultural History of Modern Science in Late Imperial China.
For additional information about the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, visit http://www.rowan.edu/colleges/las/events/event.cfm?id=15.