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News & Events: Past Colloquia

Past Events:

Spring 2015

Februay 18, 2015
Will Katerberg (Calvin College): "In the Presence of Our Enemies: Far Right Anti-Communism and American Political Culture, 1945-1970"
Co-sponsored by the Mellema Program in Western American Studies.

March 24, 2015
Bert de Vries (Calvin College): "ISIS in Context: Playing the God Card in Salafist Warfare"
Sponsored by the Calvin College Middle East Club.

March 24, 2015
Jeanne Petit (Hope College): "'A Fine Spirit of Cooperation': Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and the 1918 United War Work Campaign"

April 15, 2015
Bert de Vries (Calvin College): "Preservation and Community Engagement at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan in 2014-15"

May 4, 2015
Book reception for Kristin Du Mez: A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism
Co-sponsored with Gender Studies.

May 6, 2015
Calvin History Honors student presentations:

  • Josh Ferguson, "Swerving on the S-Curve: A History of the Development of US-131 and its Impact on Grand Rapids, MI"
  • Jonathan Hielkema, "The Fixer: W. Morgan Shuster and American-Iranian Relations"
  • Daniel Paulson, "Hold the Fort: A Historical, Intellectual, and Cultural Analysis of the King James Only Movement"

Co-sponsored by the Honors Program.

May 7, 2015
African & African Diaspora Studies student presentations:

  • India Daniels, "The Evolution of Liberian Identity"
  • Josephine Tucker, "The History of Female Genital Mutilation" ("L'Histoire Mutilation de Génitale Femmes") 

Fall 2014

September 18, 2014
Frans van Liere (Calvin College): "An Introduction to the Medieval Bible"
Co-sponsored with the Meeter Center.

October 16-17, 2014
Paul Lim (Vanderbilty Divinity School):
"Whose Mystery, Which Way to the Trinity? Politics and Polemics of Biblicism in 17-Century England"
"Two Rival Visions of Christian Activism toward Sex Trafficking in Contemporary Korean and Diaspora Christianity"

Co-sponsored with the Korean Lectureship Series, the Hubers Asian Studies ProgramCalvin Theological Seminary, the Byker Chair in Applied Theology and WorldviewCongregational and Ministry Studies, the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, and others.
Listen to an audiorecording of the second lecture here.

November 19, 2014
Young Kim (Calvin College): "Bitter and Sweet Lemons: Ten Months in Cyprus"
Co-sponsored with the Classics department.

December 3, 2014
Calvin History Honors Presentations

  • Hailey De Jong: "Catholic Anticommunism: Diversity in the Church's Struggle against the 'Red Devil'"
  • Chad Westra: "The Development of Chinese Language Instruction in the United States"

Co-sponsored with the Honors Program.


Spring 2014

February 27, 2014
"What Can I Do With A History Major?": Resume & Cover Letter Workshop
Co-sponsored by Career Development.

March 19, 2014
Kate van Liere (Calvin College): "Redeeming the Pagan Past in Renaissance Christian Spain"

April 16, 2014
Larry Eskridge (Wheaton College): "'Jesus Knocked Me Off My Metaphysical Ass': LSD, Counterculture, and the Origins of the Jesus People Movement in the Summer of Love"
Cosponsored by the Mellema Program in Western American Studies and the History Department.

May 6, 7 & 8, 2014
Calvin History Honors Presentations: A Three-Day Symposium
Find out more about each presentation and read abstracts here.

  • Madi Goodman, "Struggles with Identity: Russian and Qing Conquest in Central Asia."
  • Nathan Slauer, "John Dewey and Republicanism."
  • Christine Bennett, "Hong Kong Triad Films and the 1997 Handover."
  • Kristin Fidler, "Reading the Signs of the Times: German-speaking Catholic Theologians Address Secularization in the Post-Vatican II Era."
  • Justin Ooms, "Who's 'Right'? Perspectives on the Freedom Party of Austria."
  • Spencer Cone, "Compelled to Action: American Involvement in the Smyrna Refugee Crisis of 1922."
  • Rachel Hekman, "'We Know Not What to Believe': Faith and War in the Confederate Woman's Experience."
  • Jess McGhee, "Believing without Seeing: How Society in the United States Shaped the Concept of the Influenza Germ during the Pandemic of 1918."

Co-sponsored by the Honors Program.

Friday, May 9
Shannon DeJong (AADS Senior Presentation), "The Haitian Diaspora: Harnessing Homeland Relationships for Community-Based Development"
Sponsored by African & African Diaspora Studies.

Fall 2013

September 18, 2013
Celebrating a New Biography by James Bratt: "Abraham Kuyper for the 21st Century"
Cosponsored by Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship (CCCS) and Eerdmans Publishing Company.

October 16, 2013
S. Lily Mendoza (Oakland University): "Back from the Crocodile's Belly: Christian Formation Meets Indigenous Resurrection"
Cosponsored by the Nagel Institute, Asian Studies, CAS, Gender Studies, and Religion.

October 21, 2013
Michael Bullington (Senior Manager, McDonald's Golden Archives): "Liberal Arts Majors: 'Go For It' in the For-Profit Marketplace"
Cosponsored by CAS and the Career Development Office.

November 1, 2013
Career Development Panel: "The History Major in the Work Place"
The alumni panelists are: Eric Kamstra ('11); David LaGrand ('88); Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra ('07); Jen Vos ('12).
Cospored with the Career Development office.

November 20, 2013
Robert Schoone-Jongen (Calvin College): "Immigrants in No-Man's Land: Two Tales of Land Deals, Waterproofing, Big Pots, and the Great War"
Cosponsored by the Mellema Program in Western American Studies.

December 4, 2013
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"

Spring 2013

February 20, 2013
Bethany Kilcrease (Aquinas College) : "The New Science and New Catholic Apologetics in Victorian Britain"

March 13, 2013
Bert de Vries (Calvin College): “From One Desert Society to Another: Archaeology and Community at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan and Las Vegas, Nevada"

April 17, 2013
Chris Alexander (Davidson College): “The Arab Spring Two Years Later"
Co-sponsored by AADS, the Henry Institute, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

May 1, 2013
Honors Thesis Presentations

  • Jobadiah Christiansen: "The Technology and History of Lime-burning from Prehistoric to Late Antiquity in the Southern Levant: Umm el-Jimal as a Model for Future Research"
  • Eric Doornbos: "Shifting Boundaries in the Balkans: A Comparison of 1919 and 1995"
  • Caleb Lagerwey: "Chaplain of Progress: The Role of Progress and Evolution in Lyman Abbott's Justification for American Expansion in 1898-1900"


Fall 2012

September 19, 2012
William Katerberg (Calvin College): "Other Manifest Destinies: Globalizing American Creation Stories"
Co-sponsored by the Mellema Program in Western American Studies.

October 11, 2012
Dale K. Van Kley (Ohio State University): "“From the Catholic Enlightenment to the Risorgimento: the Exchange between Nicola Spedalieri and Pietro Tamburini"

November 28, 2012
William Van Vugt (Calvin College): “British Isles Music on the American Frontier - Some Early Explorations"
Co-sponsored by the Mellema Program in Western American Studies.

Spring 2012

February 17, 2012
James Bratt & Ronald Wells: Book Presentation: The Best of The Reformed Journal

Co-sponsored by CCCS.

March 7, 2012
Dr. Carol L. Higham (University of North Carolina at Charlotte): “Seeing Cannibals: Spanish and British Accounts of Cannibalism in Nootka Sound, 1770-1795”

Mellema Program in Western American Studies Lecture. Co-sponsored by History.

March 14, 2012
Dr. James LaGrand (Messiah College): “Is There a Place for the Nation in Modern American History?”

April 4, 2012
Dr. Timothy Gloege: “The Digital Humanities: What It Is and Why It Matters”

May 2, 2012
Honors Thesis Presentations

  • Luke McRae: “The Expanding Role of Jews as 'Violators of the Body of Christ' in Medieval English Thought and Action”
  • Michael Valk: “The Ancient Names for Palestine and their Meaning Today”

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.

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.