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Talks set on Chinese history, Oct. 23-24

Chinese history scholar Nicola DiCosmo of the Institute for Advanced Study will give a pair of talks in the second annual Frederick Mote Memorial Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23-24, in 202 Jones Hall.

DiCosmo is the Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian Studies at the institute. He specializes in the cultural, political and military history of China's northern frontiers and in the traditions of inner Asian peoples, in particular the ancient nomad Mongols and Manchus.

DiCosmo's Oct. 23 lecture is titled "Writing Alien History: 'Barbarian' Historiography in Ancient China." The next day, he will speak on "Before the Manchu Conquest of China: The Great Enterprise Reconsidered."

The lecture series was established last year in honor of Mote, a longtime Princeton professor of East Asian studies who died in 2005. It is sponsored by the Mote Memorial Lecture Fund and the Program in East Asian Studies.

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