Benjamin Elman

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Date(s) - 11/14/2011
6:00 pm

ZSR Library Room 404


“Rethinking the Image of China and Japan in Global History” by Benjamin Elman

Benjamin Elman is Professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton University. Professor Elman will contribute a thought-provoking lecture on the ideological uses (and abuses) of historical narratives and the historian’s role in perpetuating or challenging stories held dear to national identities. He is the author of several books in the fields of Chinese intellectual and cultural history and the history of science, including From Philosophy to Philology: Social and Intellectual Aspects of Change in Late Imperial China (Harvard Press, 1984), Classicism, Politics, & Kinship: The Ch’ang-chou New Text School of Confucianism in Late Imperial China (Berkeley, 1990), and On Their Own Terms: Science in China, 1550-1900 (Harvard, 2005).  In 2008 Professor Elman co-authored a world history textbook: World Together, Worlds Apart, Vol. 1 [Vol. A-B].