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About Us

We are the program office dedicated to planning and facilitating seminars at Calvin College. We help our colleagues here at Calvin and a variety of working partners nationally and internationally to plan, promote and produce academic and professional events of the highest quality. And we offer a hearty welcome and caring Christian service to all our guests.

Our primary focus is summer seminars hosted on Calvin's campus:

  • Seminars in Christian Scholarship: This is our “mother program,” an annual series of topical summer seminars, running continuously since 1996. Our aim is to strengthen and encourage scholars and other learned professionals who pursue their work as a Christian calling.
  • Additional Summer Seminars and Institutes: We partner with a variety of study centers and national foundations to produce high-quality summer meetings for professors and professional leaders. Recent clients include the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Templeton Foundation.

Our seminar directors are leaders in their fields, and the seminars provide opportunities for scholars from all over the world to meet, learn, and collaborate together. Each of our seminars is grant-funded, meaning the cost of attendance is generally very low for participants.

Mission Statement

Seminars at Calvin seeks to promote a strong Christian voice in the academy by:

  • addressing issues of current debate,
  • engaging them with deep Christian commitment, and
  • promoting first-order scholarship

About Calvin College

Founded in 1876, Calvin College is one of the largest Christian colleges in North America with 4300 students and nearly 100 academic programs. Calvin is a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity. As such, it offers an education that both fosters a commitment to Jesus Christ and equips students to be agents of renewal in the academy, church, and society. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, Calvin has an international reputation as a center of faith-shaped learning and scholarship.