Eminent China Scholar Will Deliver 2010 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities





Jonathan D. Spence, an expert on Chinese history and culture and a professor emeritus at Yale University, will deliver the 2010 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced on Monday.

The humanities endowment calls the annual lecture, which carries a $10,000 honorarium, "the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities." Lecturers in recent years have included the writer John Updike, the bioethicist Leon R. Kass, and the political theorist Harvey C. Mansfield.

Mr. Spence will deliver his lecture, "When Minds Met: China and the West in the Seventeenth Century," on May 20 at the Warner Theatre, in Washington, D.C....

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