Herman De Vries

  • Dr. Herman De Vries Jr.
  • Professor of Germanic Languages, Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture; Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture
  • Dutch
  • Hiemenga Hall 423 (Map)
  • (616) 526-6804


  • B.A. Calvin College 1988 (German)
  • M.A. University of Cincinnati 1990 (German)
  • Ph.D. University of Cincinnati 1996 (Germanic Languages and Literatures)
    • (Dissertation: Nicolaus Selnecker's Psalter Commentary (1565): A Documentary Study on Psalm Versification)

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Academic interests

  • Early-modern German literature
  • German Enlightenment
  • Current trends in the Dutch language

Selected publications

Articles and essays

  • “Classroom Devotions in the Foreign Language Course: Possibilities for Effecting Change in Student Motivation and Attitude.” Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 3 (2002): 10-30.

  • “Is the Dutch Language Threatened by English?” Dutch International Society Magazine 32.1 (2000): 9-15.

  • “Sunday Invocabit,” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought (March 2000): 3.

  • “The EUROTECH Module: A Curricular Innovation for German Instruction.” Foreign Language Annals 30.3 (1997): 369-377. Co-authored with Richard P. Long.

  • “Nicolaus Selnecker and Visual Portrayal of the Psalmist.” DAPHNIS: Zeitschrift für Mittlere Deutsche Literatur 4 (1996): 33-51.


  • Co-translated narrated texts for Oberon, King of the Elves: A Romantic Opera in Three Acts. By Carl Maria von Weber. New Stage Directions by Gustav Mahler. Narrated texts by Claus H. Henneberg




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