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Spring 2014 Calendar of Events

Calvin College Spring 2014 calendar of events
on Dutch or Dutch-American topics or events
supported by Calvin’s Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture and by Calvin’s Dutch program


Dutch Chapel

Dutch Chapel will be held three times during the spring 2014 semester in the Meditation Chapel (in the chapel undercroft) at 10 a.m. The dates are:
Wednesday, February 19 (led by Janet Sheeres)
Wednesday, March 19 (led by Herman De Vries)
Monday, April 16


Filmavond (movie night)

Monday, April 7
7 p.m.
Bytwerk Theater (De Vos Communication Center)

Rabat (2007) is a Dutch drama directed by Victor Ponten & Tim Taihuttu.
Rabat is a road movie that takes you along on a trip made by three friends Nadir, Abdel, and Zakaria. When Nadir suddenly must take his father’s old taxi to Rabat, he invites his two best friends to come along. The trip takes them through the European landscape to the Moroccan capital city. The closer they come to their destination, the more stressed the friendships become, not only due to the more cultural and personal encounters along the way, but also because of the secret purpose of the road trip. This film is both humorous and serious in its exploration of challenges not unusual in the most populous minority group in the Netherlands today, the Dutch-Moroccans.
The film is in Dutch, English, and Arabic — with English subtitles.


Annual Dutch Easter Service

Monday, April 21
7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Dutch International Society.
Meditation: Dr. Frans van Liere.
Raybrook Manor Chapel, 2121 Raybrook SE – Grand Rapids MI


Koningsdag

Monday, April 28
3:30 p.m.
Festivites begin at the flagpole in front of the Spoelhof College Center and will move to the Commons Lawn.

Dutch King’s Day. All on campus are invited to join in on our celebration of this great Dutch national holiday. Formerly Queen’s Day, this is the first official King’s Day of the newly inaugurated King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands.


Public Lecture by Martine Vonk

Tuesday, May 6
7 p.m.
Willow Room, Prince Conference Center

"The Development of Green Churches in the Netherlands"
Dr. Vonk is Assistant Professor Ethics and Technology at the University of Applied Sciences at Saxion College in the Netherlands. Dr. Vonk’s earned a PhD in 2011 at the Institute of Environmental Science at the VU University Amsterdam on a thesis on sustainability and quality of life. Vonk has been coordinator of the Noah Alliance, a
Dutch platform for Christian organizations concerned with environmental issues. She is founder of A Rocha Netherlands (Christian community for Nature preservation) and Time to Turn, a christian youth movement on a green and fair lifestyle.


Keynote Lecture by Martine Vonk

Thursday, May 8
3:30 p.m.
Location to be announced

Calvin Environmental Assessment Program (CEAP)
"Weighing Values in the Search for Sustainability."


Past Events, 2013

2013 Dutch American Heritage Day

Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 p.m.
The Pinnacle Center, 3330 Highland Drive, Hudsonville

This annual event featured a reception, Dutch heritage celebration dinner, and special guest speaker. Several students attended with Professor De Vries.

There is an essay contest connected to Dutch American Heritage Day. The topic: How have the Dutch influenced business and industry in West Michigan? For more information, click here.


Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9 a.m.
Outside the Van Noord Arena, Calvin College
Click here for more information.

Several years ago the Dutch Consulate in Toronto began a promotional initiative called Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike. It calls attention to the longstanding importance of the bicycle in the Netherlands, that urban bicycle transportation is good for the environment, and that other countries can learn and benefit from Dutch bicycle culture. 

Calvin College's Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language & Culture will sponsor a Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike Event on Saturday September 21 (with Saturday, October 5, as an alternate date, in case of heavy rain) with some pre-ride activities beginning at 9:00 outside the Van Noord Arena and the ride from campus to downtown leaving at about 9:30. The ride will return to campus around noon. The return route will take riders past some outdoor Art Prize exhibits. T-shirt sale ($15 with $5 going to the Motion Initiative: An Urban Cooperative Youth Bicycling Ministry).

Everyone is invited to ride along. Wear orange!


Meijer Chair Inaugural Lecture

Language Latitude and Attitude in the Netherlands
Herman De Vries

Thursday, April 25 2013
3:30 p.m.
Commons Annex Lecture Hall

Find more details here.


Koninginnedag

Tuesday, April 30 2013
3:30 p.m.
Spoelhof Flagpole/Commons Lawn


Past Events, Fall 2012

2012 Dutch American Heritage Day

Thursday, November 15, 5:30 p.m.
The Pinnacle Center, 3330 Highland Drive, Hudsonville

This annual event features a reception, Dutch heritage celebration dinner, and special guest speaker James Calvin Schaap. Calvin College will have tickets for sale for this event. For more information, click here.


Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike

Saturday, October 6, 2012, 9 a.m.
Outside the Van Noord Arena, Calvin College

Several years ago the Dutch Consulate in Toronto began a promotional initiative called Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike. It calls attention to the longstanding importance of the bicycle in the Netherlands, that urban bicycle transportation is good for the environment, and that other countries can learn and benefit from Dutch bicycle culture. 

Calvin College's Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language & Culture will sponsor a Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike Event on Saturday September 22 (with Saturday, October 6, as an alternate date, in case of heavy rain) with some pre-ride activities beginning at 9:00 outside the Van Noord Arena and the ride from campus to downtown leaving at about 9:30. The ride will return to campus around noon. The return route will take riders past some outdoor Art Prize exhibits. T-shirt sale ($15 with $5 going to the Motion Initiative: An Urban Cooperative Youth Bicycling Ministry).

Everyone is invited to ride along. Wear orange!

 


Past Events, Spring 2012

Koninginnedag

Come celebrate 'Koninginnedag' (Queen's Day in the Netherlands) on Monday, April 30! Festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Spoelhof Center flag pole to sing "Wilhelmus" (the Dutch national anthem) and eat "lekkere gebakjes" (traditional Dutch pastries). Following the formalities there will be fun (water) games on the Commons Lawn. Sponsored by the Dutch section of Germanic & Asian Languages and the Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture. All are welcome.


Past Events, Fall 2011

Lecture: Easter Island: If No Collapse, What Then? Cultural Adaptations to a Changing Environment

Keynote Lecture at the Calvin Environmental Assessment Program (CEAP) Poster Session
Prof. Jan Boersema, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam
Thursday, December 1, 4 p.m.
Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall (107)

Dr. Boersema has written a just published book in Dutch: Images of Easter Island; the Sustainability of a Culture (April 2011); an English translation is on the way. When the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen in 1772, as the first European, laid his eyes on the island on Easter Sunday, 1772 he saw an entirely deforested landscape and a culture in decline. Was there a connection between the two? The theory advanced by, among others, Clive Ponting, Jared Diamond, as well as many other scholars, that the culture responsible for the statues (the Moai) collapsed because forests were cut to transport the figures, gained broad acceptance. The story of Easter Island grew into an icon of environmental history, an example of cultural collapse due to mistaken use of natural resources and a warning for the entire Earth as an island in space. Professor Boersema examines this widely accepted conclusion against the light of the history of the island and emphatically rejects it. Another story needs to be told.


2011 Dutch American Heritage Day

Thursday, November 17, 5:30 p.m.
The Pinnacle Center, 3330 Highland Drive, Hudsonville

This annual event features a reception, Dutch heritage celebration dinner, and special guest speaker Russell Shorto, author of four books, including best selling, The Island at the Center of the World. Calvin College will have tickets for sale for this event.


Lecture: Sacred Dutch-American Painting of the Gilded Age

Dr. Annette Stott, Director, School of Art and Art History, Professor of Art History and Women’s Studies, University of Denver.
Thursday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall (107)

The most important American-born international artists working in Holland between 1880 and 1914----Gari Melchers, Elizabeth Nourse, George Hitchcock, Walter MacEwen----built their reputations, in part, on paintings of rural Holland, which they imbued with spiritual qualities.  Some of the paintings tell Bible stories using Dutch models in traditional dress and settings; others portray contemporary Dutch men, women and children worshipping or partaking of sacraments.  This slide lecture will consider how and why American painters explored the sacred in Holland, who purchased their paintings, and what they meant for models and audiences.  It will focus on the art produced in two colonies, Catholic Volendam and Protestant Egmond, in order to explore questions of theology as well as aesthetics, culture and history.

Sponsored by the Meijer Chair, the Dutch Language Program and the Department of Art and Art History.


Bavinck Conference 2011
After 9/11/11.... What? Reformed Theology and the Church's Global Mission Today

October 12-14, 2011
Calvin Theological Seminary & Brookside CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

The 2011 Bavinck Conference builds on the Fall 2008 conference, "A Pearl and a Leaven: Herman Bavinck for the 21st Century" and seeks to mine the legacy of Herman Bavinck for guidance to today's church as it seeks to be faithful to its mission in the face of the Islamic challenge. Herman Bavinck's nephew, Johann Herman Bavinck (1895-1964), long-time missionary to Indonesia and one of the most important missiologist of the 20th century will be featured as well as his better-known uncle.
Both Bavincks wrestled with the question of Islam in relation to Christianity and the West; the conference will feature speakers that engage them both. Among the speakers are Dr. Bert De Vries from Calvin College who will take us on an illustrated-lecture journey of Abraham Kuyper's visit to the Holy Land; international human rights activist and expert on Islam, Dr. Mark Durie from Australia; and Dr. Roger Greenway who will introduce conferees to Samuel Zwemer (1867-1952), the great Reformed missionary whose nickname was "The Apostle to Islam." Topics include: Herman and J.H. Bavinck on engaging Islam. How do we do Islamic missions today? How do we "dialogue" with Islam? Does Islam force us to rethink religious freedom and pluralism?
The conference concludes with the Bavinck Prize for Outstanding Reformed Contribution to the Church, the Academy or Public Life being awarded on Friday evening, October 14, to Dr. Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 2002-2010 and an address by Dr. Balkenende.
Because Calvin College is a co-supporting institution of this conference, registration for faculty/students/staff for this conference is only $35 (regular registration is $135). For registration details and speakers’ schedule go to the web site: https://www.calvinseminary.edu/continuingEd/details/2011/bavinck.php
Calvin College has 100 free tickets for the address by former Prime Minister Balkenende in the Covenant Fine Arts Center, Friday October 14, 7:30. Contact Henk Aay or Robert Berkhof.


Lecture: Constructing Images of the Netherlands with Documentary Films: The Netherlands Information Service in the United States, 1941-74.

Prof. Henk Aay, Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture
Tuesday, October 18, 3:30, North Hall 078, Calvin College

The Netherlands Information Bureau was established by the Dutch government in exile in 1941 to update the public perception of the Netherlands in the USA, to encourage the USA to join the war effort against Germany, to put the Dutch colonies into a more positive light, and to raise funds for the reconstruction of the war-torn country. Documentaries played an important role in the publicity coming from the Netherlands Information Bureau. The films were seen throughout the country by millions of people. We will learn which documentaries were especially popular as well as who saw them and where. Representative image fields from the 1940s, 50s and 60/70s will be shown.


Dutch Movie: Sonny Boy (2011)

Thursday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.
Bytwerk Theater, De Vos Communication Center
Calvin College


Ricky Koole, Sergio Hasselbaink, Directed by Maria Peters, 135 minutes
Dutch rating system: 12 (not suitable for children under this age) violence, fear, discrimination, coarse language

Sonny Boy is a Dutch big budget film based on the true story of a forbidden love between a black Surinamese man and a Dutch white woman that took place in the first half of the twentieth century in the Netherlands. The film is an adaptation of the bestselling novel "Sonny Boy" of Annejet van der Zijl. The film Sonny Boy opens in 1928 and tells the story of Waldemar, a 19-year-old black student from Suriname (then part of the Netherlands), and a married Dutchwoman in her 40s, Rika, who fall head over heels in love. A first test of the strength of their love arrives when they discover that she is pregnant. A second one arrives more than a decade later, when they hide several Jews in their home during WWII. (from http://afroeurope.blogspot.com)


Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike

Saturday, September 24, 9:00 a.m.
Outside the Van Noord Arena, Calvin College

Several years ago the Dutch Consulate in Toronto began a promotional initiative called Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike. It calls attention to the longstanding importance of the bicycle in the Netherlands, that urban bicycle transportation is good for the environment, and that other countries can learn and benefit from Dutch bicycle culture.
Together with area bicycle organizations, Calvin College will hold a Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike Event on Saturday Sept. 24 (with Saturday, October 1, as an alternate date, in case of heavy rain) with some pre-ride activities beginning at 9:00 outside the Van Noord Arena and the ride from campus to downtown leaving at about 9:30. The ride will return to campus around noon. The return route will take riders past some outdoor Art Prize exhibits. t-shirt sale ($15 with $5 going to the Motion Initiative: An Urban Cooperative Youth Bicycling Ministry). Everyone is invited to ride along.  Wear orange!


Past Events, Spring 2011

Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) 2011

 


Light on New Netherland Art Exhibit and Lecture Series

See below for pictures of the New Netherland Art Exhibit in the art gallery.

 

See below for pictures of the third lecture by Dr. Charles Gehring.



See below for pictures of the second lecture by Dr. Dick Harms.


See below for pictures of the first lecture by Dr. Jaap Jacobs, and the reception that followed.

 

 


Fall 2010

Dutch-American Heritage Day

Thursday, November 18, 5:45 p.m.
The Pinnacle Center, Hudsonville
Click here for more information.

Nine students of Dutch attended Dutch-American Heritage Day!


Lecture: Human Modification of River Systems in the Netherlands

Tuesday, November 16, 3:30 p.m.
North Hall 078, Calvin College

Prof. Henk Aay, Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture

For more than a thousand years, residents of the region between the Rhine and Maas Rivers have altered the natural environments of these rivers in order to escape flooding, safely settle, grow crops, and transport goods. Steadily increasing human technological interventions have directly and indirectly altered river channels and flows, landforms, soils and plant cover. Today, these are among the most harnessed rivers and river environments on earth.  The predicted consequences of global warming may result in a return to somewhat more natural conditions.


Dr. Ernst van de Wetering
Rembrandt Research Project

Wednesday, November 3, evening lecture and reception
Graves Hall, Winants Auditorium, Hope College, 263 College Avenue

Dr. van de Wetering is chair of the Rembrandt Research Project, a group of scholars who since 1968 have been documenting and authenticating the works of Rembrandt. He will speak on volume 5 of A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings, which he edited and which will be published this fall; it deals with Rembrandt’s small-scale history paintings. These volumes are considered to be the definitive authority on Rembrandt. This lecture is organized by the west Michigan Chapter of the Netherland America Foundation.


Dutch Movie: Alles Stroomt [Everything is in Flux] (2008)

Thursday, October 28, 8:00 p.m.
Bytwerk Theater, De Vos Communication Center, Calvin College

A terrific drama from the Netherlands that explores the relationship between a mother and her son after his high school graduation. As he tries to assert his independence, he struggles with how to be an adult. Simultaneously, his mother's new relationship with a barge skipper leads her further away from her own son. Used to relying on one another, each struggles to adjust to the changes they must face without their support network of one another. As good a family drama as you will see, superbly acted and perfectly paced (from the review at the Lighthouse International Film Festival). The film is rated AL (suitable for all ages); it contains some foul language. The film is in Dutch with English subtitles.


Sietze de Vries
Organ Improvisations on Psalm Melodies

Saturday, October 16, 8:00 p.m.
Calvin College Chapel

This concert has been canceled. Last night, U.S. immigration officials in Detroit determined that Mr. De Vries could not enter the country. In the past, he was able to enter the country for other concert tours with similar documentation. We regret any inconvenience.


Sietze de Vries is one of the Netherlands’ most sought-after concert organists. He has won numerous prizes in national and international organ competitions in the field of organ improvisation. He is a specialist in improvising on psalm and hymn tunes. His concerts have been recorded on many CDs. His website http://www.sietzedevries.nl/ provides a tremendous introduction to his career, to listening to his music via the web, to his CDs and DVDs, his concerts, and to the organs he plays. 


Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike

Several years ago the Dutch Consulate in Toronto began a promotional initiative called Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike. It calls attention to the longstanding importance of the bicycle in the Netherlands, that urban bicycle transportation is good for the environment, and that other countries can learn and benefit from Dutch bicycle culture.
Together with area bicycle organizations, Calvin College held
a Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike Event on Saturday, September 25.

Some forty riders assembled outside the Venema Aquatic Center to bike downtown and take in some of the outdoor Art Prize exhibits.  Orange T-shirts for sale emblazoned with Go Green Go Dutch Go Bike created a readymade collective identity.  The riders were a diverse group of Calvin students, faculty and staff, other Grand Rapids residents as well as a delegation, including several Dutchmen, from the Netherlands Consulate in Chicago.
Mayor Heartwell welcomed the riders and spoke briefly about some bicycle initiatives in the city. Bonnie Robison and Nick Truer, Calvin engineering students who had just spent a semester at the VU University Amsterdam as part of Calvin’s off-campus semester in the Netherlands program, each spoke about their experiences with biking in the Netherlands.

After reviewing the bicycle rules of the road, we were off along Lake Dr. and Fulton into the downtown with our destination Lyon St. and the Grand River. With stoplights, stop signs and different speeds the riders soon were well strung out along the route.  We all arrived and realized again how accessible the downtown is by bike from Calvin College. Assembled at the river, we listened to greetings and bicycle wisdom from Paul Heule, the newly appointed honorary consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Grand Rapids and from Hans Voerkecht of the Dutch Transport Knowledge Center.
Then it was off to the outdoor exhibits, first those along the river, then in turn to those outside the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Children’s Museum, the Institute for Contemporary Art, and finally, Cathedral Square.  We returned to Calvin by noon. Yes, you can visit Art Prize by bike!


Chatting before the ride


Mayor Heartwell


Bonnie Robison


Nick Truer

Biking down Lake Drive

Even the sky looked Dutch!

Taking a break downtown

Artprize 2010



 

More pictures of this event can be found here.


Past Events, Spring 2010

Koninginnedag (Queen's Day)

Koninginnedag is a national holiday in the Netherlands that is celebrated on April 30th. Queen's Day celebrates the birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands and is supposed to be a day of national unity and "togetherness" (Dutch: saamhorigheid).

History

The tradition started on the 31st of August in 1885, on the birthday of Princess Wilhelmina. Since 1949, after the accession of Queen Juliana, Queen's Day is Queen Juliana's birthday on the 30th of April.

The orange craze

studentsOn Queen's Day, during the celebrations, people dress in the color orange, which is sometimes called "orange craze" (Dutch: oranjegekte). The color is in reference to the House of Orange-Nassau, the royal family of the Netherlands since 1815.

Street markets

Queen's Day is also known for its "freemarket" (Dutch: vrijmarkt) all over the country, where everybody is allowed to sell things in the streets. Vrijmarkt is similar to a nationwide car boot sale or flea market. Owing to a holiday dispensation from the Dutch government, people do not need to pay taxes on their sales. Many people set up stalls or blankets in parks, on sidewalks and even on the roads themselves (cars are banned on some streets).

Everyone celebrates

Other activities during Queen's Day are children's games, individual musical performances, and music concerts. The night before Queen's Day - Queen's Night, or Koninginnenacht - is celebrated too in most cities.


7:30PM - Friday February 19
Commons Lecture Hall

Hylke Speerstra will read "Holland on Skates: An Evening of Dutch Ice Stories with Hylke Speerstra." Speerstra is a best-selling author of many books, including Het Wrede Paradijs (Cruel Paradise), an account of immigrant experiences. Widely in demand for his entertaining storytelling, Speerstra will focus on winter tales, including his own experience as a four-time participant in the famed Elfstedentocht. (Speerstra will speak in Dutch). Free admission.


Past Events, 2009

3:30PM - November 3
Meeter Center Lecture Hall

On September 12, New York 400 celebrated Friesland Day on Governor's Island. A number of people from Calvin College and West Michigan attended, including Henry Baron and Dick Harms. The day included the public presentation of the book Famous Frisians in America; seventy Frisian Americans are included. Dick Harms wrote quite a number of the entries.

Henry Baron and Dick Harms will present highlights from the book as well recount the events of Friesland Day. The book will be available for purchase. This event is for everyone interested in the contributions Frisians have made to the United States. Please join us.

7:30PM - Monday, October 26
Bytwerk theater

The Dutch film Oorlogswinter (Winter in War Time) with English subtitles will be shown in the Bytwerk theater. It is based on the youth novel of the same title written in 1972 by Jan Terlouw. The film was quite a success in the Netherlands and drew nearly a million visitors. It has garnered a number of awards.

1:00PM - Friday October 9
Commons Lecture Hall

Calvin will take part in the Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike initiative. Professor Aay will give a brief talk about the importance and place of bicycles in Dutch society. Then Calvin riders will bike in orange (what else!) Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike t-shirts from campus to Rosa Parks Circle in the historic heart of Grand Rapids. Once downtown, George Heartwell, mayor of the city, will greet the riders. This event will accent the contributions the Dutch have made to bicycle transportation as well advocate for bicycle friendly initiatives in Grand Rapids. The ride will raise funds for the Motion Initiative: An Urban Cooperative Youth Bicycling Ministry (http://mibike.org/) in Grand Rapids; its mission is to connect urban youth and area adults to L.I.F.E. (Life In the Fullest Extent) through the gateway of bicycling. T-shirts will sell for $7 (students) and $12 (adults) and will be available beginning Sept. 25 in the office of the GEO department (North Hall 083). The bike ride from Calvin College to Rosa Parks Circle has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for sometime next year (2010).

May 2009

On a visit to West Michigan in early May, Ambassador Renée Jones‐Bos visited Calvin College. Henk Witte, Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in West Michigan, made the initial arrangements. Provost Beversluis hosted the ambassador and her husband, Dr. Richard Jones, for dinner, along with faculty and spouses who participate in academic programs related to the Netherlands. Before and during dinner, everyone present had opportunity to meet, greet and get to know the ambassador. Eight faculty members each gave a powerpoint overview of their scholarly and/or educational endeavors related to the Netherlands. President Byker was able to join the dinner later to greet Ambassador Jones‐Bos.

Renée Jones-Bos has served as the Netherlands’ Ambassador to the United States since Aug. 21, 2008. Jones-Bos attended the Gymnasium, Katwijk de Breul, Zeist (Netherlands) in 1971, the Università Italiana per Stranieri, Perugia (Italy) in 1972, and a licentiate in Russian and English studies and politics and economics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium), in 1976. In 1977, she received a Master of Arts degree in Russian Studies from the University of Sussex (UK), and in 1981, she completed diplomatic training in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Upcoming events

Go Green, Go Dutch,
Go Bike!!!
Saturday, September 24
9 a.m.