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NEW FACULTY BOOK: Chinese Translation of Matteo Ricci’s Diary

August 12th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Recently the Commercial Press of Shanghai, one of the largest publisher in China, published a Chinese version of Matteo Ricci’s Dell¹entrata della Compagnia di Giesù e Christianità nella Cina (On the entrance of the Society of Jesus and Christianity into China), translated and annotated by Professor Wen Zheng (Beijing Foreign... More

Microhistory in East Asia: A Lecture in Rome

August 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

On June 17th, 2014, while a visiting scholar at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Professor Eugenio Menegon gave a lecture for the Third Doctoral Seminar on “Europe and East Asia: Cultural and Linguistic Contacts” at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” The seminar... More

“Economic Racism in Perspective: Past and Present in the US and Germany” – A November 2014 Event Series

August 8th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University is pleased to present “Economic Racism in Perspective: Past and Present in the US and Germany,” a series of events scheduled for November 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of 1964 Civil Rights Act and consider more broadly the... More

Brownell Publishes Op-Ed About Nixon’s Surprising “Showbiz” Legacy on Reuters

August 8th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Former BU History grad student, Kate Brownell, published an op-ed this morning on Reuters.  The piece discusses President Richard Nixon, and his more surprising "showbiz" legacy. Link to full text:

KU Leuven and Boston University Workshop “The Materiality of Chinese-Western Relations in the Ming-Qing periods: Methodological Approaches, Empirical Cases”

August 8th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Leuven (Belgium), May 26-27, 2014 Workshop Concept This workshop built on recent scholarship and other workshops and conferences on the presence and role of Europeans (especially Catholic missionaries) at the imperial court and in the provinces in Ming-Qing China. It aimed to explore methodological issues and empirical case-studies that might help us... More

Boston University in Belgium: A Workshop on Chinese-Western Cultural Relations in the Early Modern Era

August 8th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

A workshop jointly organized by Boston University and the University of Leuven on the history of Chinese-European relations was successfully held on May 26-27, 2014 in the historic university town of Leuven (Louvain), in Flanders, Belgium. The workshop was coordinated by Professor Eugenio Menegon (Department of History, and Director of the... More

Modern Intellectual History August 2014 Table of Contents

July 21st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

MIH 11.2 ToC

Of Rights and Witches: Bentham’s Critique of the Declaration of Independence

July 8th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Posted on July 3, 2014by James Schmidt It is not surprising that friends of the Enlightenment tend to assume that the Enlightenment was generally friendly towards the American Revolution. Richard Price had, after all, been an energetic supporter of the Colonial cause and, like Joseph Priestley, saw it as a link in the... More

Professor Jim Johnson Awarded ACLS and Guggenheim Fellowships

June 18th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Professor Jim Johnson of the BU History Department was recently awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship.  During his ACLS and Guggenheim Fellowship terms, Professor Johnson will be working on Means of Concealment: French Identity and the Self, the follow-up book... More

Professor Siegel Publishes Article Discussing the Role of Religion in India’s Recent Elections

May 27th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Professor Benjamin Siegal, historian of South Asia and Professor of History at Boston University, had his article, "The Multiple Ideas of India: Narendra Modi and the Meaning of Indian Secularism," published in Marginalia. Link to article: