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Fall 2014 Events

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Thursday, September 18

3:30 pm, Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Frans van Liere (Calvin College):

"An Introduction to the Medieval Bible"

Calvin History Professor Frans van Liere will present a brief overview of his recently published work, An Introduction to the Medieval Bible. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

More about the book: 
The Middle Ages spanned the period between two watersheds in the history of the biblical text: Jerome's Latin translation c. 405 and Gutenberg's first printed version in 1455. In an account that is sensitive to the religiously diverse world of the Middle Ages, Frans van Liere offers here an accessible introduction to the study of the Bible in this period. Discussion of the material evidence - the Bible as book - complements an in-depth examination of concepts such as lay literacy and book culture. This introduction includes a thorough treatment of the principles of medieval hermeneutics, and a discussion of the formation of the Latin Bible text and its canon. It will be a useful starting point for all those engaged in medieval and biblical studies.

Co-sponsored by the Meeter Center.


Thursday, October 16 & Friday, October 17

3:30 pm, Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Paul Lim (Vanderbilt Divinity School)

Titles TBD

Paul Lim will give two lectures. Details will be posted as they are available.

Co-sponsored by the Hubers Asian Studies Program, the Korean Lectureship Series, and others.


Wednesday, November 19

3:30 pm, Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Young Kim (Calvin College)

Title TBD

Professor Young Kim (History/Classics) will give a talk based on his research during his 2012-13 Fulbright research in Cyprus. Details will be posted as they become available.

Co-sponsored by the Classics department.


Wednesday, December 3

3:30 pm, Meeter Center (4th floor Hekman Library)

Calvin History Honors Presentations

Students graduating with honors in history will present their senior honors theses. This semester's speakers are Hailey De Jong and Chad Westra.

Co-sponsored by the Honors Program.


Monday, December 8

3:30 pm, History Department Lounge (HH 495)

History Department Christmas Party

Join us in celebrating Christmas and the end of the semester with a festive party featuring food, games, and a time to relax and socialize before exams. Details to follow, but expect a return of the traditional gingerbread cookie decorating.



Find out more about past events, including recordings and .PDFs of some presentations.


Join us on Wednesdays

History lectures are usually on third Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. in the Meeter Center lecture hall, unless noted at left.

The final colloquium of the year is a special presentation by our graduating Honors students, who present the results of their year-long thesis research.

History colloquia are open to the Calvin community—
students, alumni, faculty, and friends—and all are encouraged to attend.

The Meeter Center lecture hall is on the third floor of Hekman Library, off the library lobby.

Come early to enjoy refreshments and conversation and to get a good seat.