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The Dutch Adapting in North America

Dutch Immigrant

Please join us on the campus of Calvin College for the 13th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies on June 22-23, 2001.

Scholars from the Netherlands and the United States, specializing in the study of the Dutch in North America, will present results of their current investigations on the variety of manifestations of the Dutch immigrantsí response to their new environments in North America. Presenters include those representing such academics and research institutions as the Roosevelt Study Center, the Free University, Hope College, the Van Raalte Institute, Calvin College, Trinity College, Butler University, as well as individuals conducting independent investigation.

The session will begin with papers on efforts by the Dutch immigrants to plant some of their ethnic uniqueness by establishing institutions of higher education, initially for the purpose of training candidates for the ministry. Other sessions will examine the process of acculturation, Dutch Roman Catholic settlements, and the response of an individual immigrant and a community of immigrants to the settlement experience.

The conference keynote speaker at the Friday evening banquet is Dr. Robert Swierenga, noted scholar of and author on the Dutch emigrant experience and recently named Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Dr. Swierenga will review the recent scholarship and present a summary of the current status of Dutch-American studies.

I invite you to join us for an exciting and informative conference on the campus of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, which are both celebrating the 125th anniversary of their founding!

Dr. Richard H. Harms
Curator of Archives

For more Information contact:

Richard H. Harms
Archives - Calvin College

3201 Burton St., SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
phone: 616.957.6916
fax: 616.957.6470

Information about off-campus lodging is available.

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