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The World in Maps 1400-1600

Thursday, November 3, 2022

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.

Event Time

November 3, 2022 | Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
November 3, 2022 | Thursday
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm China Standard Time (CST)

Participation Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

We invite you to go through a virtual journey of “The World in Maps 1400–1600,” a new exhibition at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library that presents a selection of the most impressive and historically important maps in the library’s collection from the late Medieval and Early Modern periods, with Raymond Clemens, who is one of the organizers of this exhibition and the Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

This exhibition presents maps from several different historical groups and demonstrates how maps functioned to place people within a larger world context. While primarily focusing on European maps, it also includes Middle Eastern and Asian world maps to illustrate common elements and also highlight significant differences. In addition, the exhibition presents some map forgeries and how they were determined to be fakes using scientific and historic analysis.

The Speaker

Raymond Clemens
Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts,
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Raymond Clemens is Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Yale University. Prior to coming to Yale, Ray was an Associate Professor of History at Illinois State University and was the Acting Director of the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies. He is the author, with Timothy Graham, of Introduction to Manuscript Studies (Cornell, 2007). He is the editor of The Voynich Manuscript: A Photofacsimile with Essays (Yale, 2016). He has held the Andrew Mellon Fellowship and the Newberry Library/British Academy Exchange Fellowship. His Ph.D. is from Columbia University (1997).

Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

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