Faculty Profile: Larry Herzberg

QUALIFIED AND QUIRKY

Professor Herzberg uses a Barbie car, a dollhouse and plastic vegetables in his lectures and alternates wearing a kimono and a Chinese silk robe to class every day.

He knows eight languages, counting English. He is Jewish, and he loves the Chinese and Japanese languages equally. He has played violin with everyone from Dolly Parton to Itzhak Perlman to the Grand Rapids Symphony. He’s read Dante in Italian. He became a Christian in 1982 and was baptized with water from the Jordan River. Two years later, he came to Calvin to found a Chinese department and pioneered the Asian studies program. His colleagues describe him as an “excellent, enthusiastic and somewhat eccentric teacher.” His students love him.

ASIAN STUDIES AT CALVIN

Calvin is the only Christian college in North America that offers comprehensive programs in Chinese, Japanese and Asian studies.

CHECK OUT THESE OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Take courses in ChineseJapanese or Korean language and culture
  • Spend a semester in China, Japan or Thailand
  • Explore career opportunities in international business, global education, international development and more
  • Serve and learn in southeast Asia through a summer internship

Asian Studies 

VERGE: spring 2011

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