Winter Happening Will Be Saturday, Feb. 2
Posted January 8, 2002
HOLLAND -- The Bible and ecology, American foreign
policy post-September 11 and music the medieval way will be
among the topics featured during the annual Hope College
Winter Happening on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Winter Happening will feature six seminars, a
luncheon with musical entertainment, a home men's basketball
game and an art exhibition. The event is sponsored by the
college's Alumni Association, and is open to the general
Admission to the seminars and the exhibition is
The seminars "The Sanctuary of Poetry," "Is God
Green?: Biblical Wisdom and Ecological Vision" and
"American Foreign Policy and September 11, 2001" will be
presented concurrently at 9:30 a.m. "Euthanasia: Where Are
the Dutch Going?," "Krumhorns, Sacbuts, Rebecs, and Racketts
-- A Medieval and Renaissance Feast of Sounds," and
"Profiling the American Religious Scene" will be presented
at 11 a.m.
"The Sanctuary of Poetry" will feature readings by
Dr. Susan Atefat Peckham, Jackie Bartley, Dr. Joel Peckham
and Jack Ridl, all of whom are members of the Hope English
faculty and each of whom has had a collection of poems
published during the past year. The poets are different in
style, vision and subjects, providing a sense of the range
of ways of working in the form. The seminar will consider
poetry as a refuge in unsettling times.
"Is God Green?: Biblical Wisdom and Ecological
Vision" will consider what the Bible has to say concerning
environmental stewardship. The seminar will be presented by
Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger, an associate professor of
religion at Hope whose publications include multiple books
on theology and ecology.
"American Foreign Policy and September 11, 2001"
will examine some of the problems that led to September 11
and will look at the U.S. policy response to the day's
attacks. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Jack Holmes,
who is professor of political science and chair of the
department, and has written about U.S. foreign policy.
"Euthanasia: Where Are the Dutch Going?" will
discuss the legalization of euthanasia in the Netherlands
and the future of the policy. The seminar will be presented
by Dr. James Kennedy, who is an assistant professor of
history at Hope and a research fellow with the college's
A.C. Van Raalte Institute, and author of a book on the
"Krumhorns, Sacbuts, Rebecs, and Racketts -- A
Medieval and Renaissance Feast of Sounds" will demonstrate
instruments and discuss instrumental music from the ninth to
the 17th century. The presenter will be Dr. Robert Ritsema,
who was a member of the Hope faculty for 32 years prior to
retiring in 1999.
"Profiling the American Religious Scene" will
consider the results of recent nationwide surveys of some 45
religious communities, including the Reformed Church in
America. In addition, participants will use an electric
keypad system to produce a parallel profile of themselves.
The seminar will be presented by Dr. Donald Luidens,
professor of sociology and chair of the department, and Dr.
Roger Nemeth, professor of sociology.
The luncheon, which will feature musical
entertainment by student musicians, will begin at 12:30 p.m.
at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center ballroom, and costs
$9 per person. Reservations for the luncheon are required.
The men's basketball team will host Olivet College
at 3 p.m. in the Holland Civic Center. Tickets are $5 for
adults and $2 for students, and a limited number of general
admission tickets will be available for persons attending
other Winter Happening events.
In addition to the day's other activities, the
gallery of the De Pree Art Center will be featuring the on-
going exhibition "Midwest Photography Invitational XI."
Running Tuesday, Jan. 15-Friday, Feb. 15, the traveling
exhibition features contemporary photography and was
organized by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The
gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
In addition to being required for the luncheon,
advanced registration is recommended for the seminars.
Additional information may be obtained by calling the
college's Office of Public and Alumni Relations at (616)
Registration during the morning of the event will
be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Haworth Inn and Conference