Fall 2013 Events
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Wednesday, September 18:
Celebrating a New Biography by James Bratt
"Abraham Kuyper for the 21st Century"
3:30 pm, CFAC Recital Hall
Abraham Kuyper was a giant in his time, and has been a major influence on Calvin College. But now what? What questions, challenges, and opportunities does his work raise for us today? How might James Bratt’s biography help us answer these questions?
History professor James Bratt, along with Tracy Kuperus and Nicholas Wolterstoff, will discuss his new book, Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat.
Co-sponsored by Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship (CCCS) and Eerdmans Publishing Company.
S. Lily Mendoza (Oakland University)
"Back from the Crocodile's Belly: Christian Formation Meets Indigenous Resurrection"
3:30 pm, Meeter Center Lecture Hall
In this talk, Filipina intercultural communication scholar, S. Lily Mendoza grapples with the question: What happens when the “One True Story” encounters other faith stories? Riffing off her newly-released (co-edited) anthology, Back from the Crocodile’s Belly: Philippine Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory (dedicated to the memory of the Filipino indigenous women and men healers impaled on stakes by early Spanish missionaries and left on river banks for crocodiles to feast on) Mendoza narrates her personal journey growing up as a Methodist pastor’s kid, becoming a born-again believer and an aspiring Christian missionary trained by Philippine Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and the Navigators, and belatedly coming to grips with her relationship to her country’s colonial history and its consequences for her and her people’s struggle for wholeness and authenticity. Informed by a rich cultural memory bearing shades of Jonah’s story in the belly of the whale, she traces her faith learnings from encounter with deep ancestry in the “belly of the beast” and its larger significance for today’s struggle for sustainability and global co-existence.
S. Lily Mendoza is Associate Professor of Culture and Communication at the Department of Communication and Journalism, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. She is the author of Between the Homeland and the Diaspora: The Politics of Theorizing Filipino and Filipino American Identities.
Co-sponsored by the Nagel Institute, Asian Studies, CAS, Gender Studies, and Religion.
Michael Bullington (Senior Manager, McDonald's Golden Archives)
"Liberal Arts Majors: 'Go For It' in the For-Profit Marketplace"
4:00 pm, Alumni Association Board Room (Commons Annex)
Michael Bullington will speak on his career as a history major, his decision to seek employment in the corporate sector, and his work as an archivist for McDonald's Golden Archives. He will provide encouragement and advice for liberal arts majors to "go for it" in the for-profit marketplace.
Bullington is a certified archivist and is the senior manager for McDonald's Golden Archives. He is responsible for ensuring that the legacy of the McDonald's brand is preserved in the Archives, Heritage Hall in Hamburger University, and at the #1 Store Museum in Des Plaines, IL. He also works with the media relations team as an expert spokesperson on McDonald's history.
Prior to joining McDonald's, Bullington served as an archivist for Kraft Foods Inc. and Rush medical Center. He served as President of the Academy of Certified Archivists and he is the past Chair of the Illinois State Records Advisory Board. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, the Society of American Archivists, the Midwest Archive Conference, and the Chicago Area Archivists. Bullington holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Illinois State University.
Co-sponsored by CAS and the Career Development Office.
Career Development Panel
"The History Major in the Work Place"
3:30 pm, Meeter Center Lecture Hall
"What can you do with a history major?" is one of the most common questions we hear from incoming students and concerned parents. Perhaps you've been considering a history major, but wonder what your career prospects might be and what kind of work you can find if you don't want to go into teaching.
This event will specifically address that question and look at career options for history majors who do not go into teaching or academia. Career counselors from the Career Development office will facilitate the discussion and provide more information about their services. A panel of Calvin history alumni will discuss their career paths and how their history major prepared them for work outside of academia. History majors and those considering majoring in history won't want to miss this talk!
The alumni panelists are:
- Eric Kamstra ('11), manager of annual fund special programs at Calvin College
- David LaGrand ('88), attorney with LaGrand & Lowery PLLC, owner of Wealthy Street Bakery, and involved in local politics
- Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra ('07), liaison librarian to the Area Studies and Religious Studies departments at GVSU
- Jen Vos ('12), customer service associate at the Grand Rapids Public Museum
Robert Schoone-Jongen (Calvin College)
"Immigrants in No-Man's Land: Two Tales of Land Deals, Waterproofing, Big Pots, and the Great War"
3:30 pm, Meeter Center Lecture Hall
Theodore F. Koch and his erstwhile partner, Nicolaus Jungeblut, both came to the United States during the great Minnesota land boom of the 1880s. They fared well financially and became naturalized American citizens, but they remained deeply connected, both socially and economically, to German financiers. When the United States entered the First World War in 1917, Jungeblut found himself trapped in Germany, while Koch rode out the war years in Texas. Both of them had their assets confiscated by their adopted country. both were twice cursed--as traders with the enemy and as immigrants married to German wives. Their stories spotlight the shadowy transfer of wealth the Great War precipitated, economic scars that never healed, and the chasm between idealistic wartime rhetoric and the thievery it cloaked.
Professor Robert Schoone-Jongen was on sabbatical in the fall of 2012 and spent the time researching and writing a biography of Theodore Koch. He visited archives in the Netherlands, Germany, Texas, Illinois, and Minnesota and traveled to Koch's European homes and the sites of his American colonies. Find out more about Robert Schoone-Jongen and his work here.
Co-sponsored by the Mellema Program in Western American Studies.
Jordan Davis (Senior Thesis Presentation)
"On the Trail to Bartolo: Toward a Reflexive, Non-Reductive, Rematerialized Theory of Religion along the Undocumented Migrant Journey in the US-Mexico Borderlands"
3:30 pm, HH 477
Graduating history major Jordan Davis will present the results of his senior project, which was supervised by Professor Bert. De Vries.
Jordan Davis's research is based on fieldwork conducted during the 2013 Undocumented Migrant Project (UMP) field season, a long-term anthropological study based at the University of Michigan. Utilizing historical, ethnographic, and contemporary archaeological data, he will examine three undocumented migrant religious shrines in the Bartolo Moutnain Region of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Drawing from Manuel A. Vásquez’s contributions toward a reflexive, non-reductive, rematerialized theory of religion, a semi-narrative structure will be developed to contextualize the three Bartolo Mountain shrines within the clandestine social process of undocumented migration between Mexico and the United States.
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