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News & Events: Past Colloquia

Past Events:

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

Students graduating with honors in history will present their senior honors theses in this 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”

Past Events

September 21: McGregor Fellow Stephen Clemenger with Bert de Vries
"Three Dimensional Virtual Reconstruction of Ancient Buildings of Umm el-Jimal, Jordan: An Application of Engineering and Computing in Archaeology"
Read more. Listen to the presentation on MP3.

October 19: Kees van der Kooi, professor of theology, Free University of Amsterdam
"Barth, Bell, and Hell"
See the video.

February 16: James Bratt
"Abraham Kuyper and Race: A New Look"
Listen to the lecture on MP3.

March 16: Robert Schoone-Jongen
"Religion in Riverside: How Faith Defined Two Dutch Identities in One Neighborhood (1880-1920)"
Read a transcript and see the maps from the talk (both pdf). 

April 20: Karin Maag
"The Advantages of Being Under Threat: Geneva and the Myth of the Escalade, December 1602"
Listen to lecture on MP3

May 4, 2011: Honors Student Presentations

  • Kristen Fletcher: "Steroid-Infused Soviets and 'Bouffant Belles': How Western Perceptions of Soviet Female Athletes Changed American Athletics"
  • Jared Warren: "Poets, Prophets, Priests, and Pianists: Poles and Parisians, 1830-1848"
    Listen to both presentations on MP3

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.