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New Course on Dutch History

New Course on Dutch History

  New Course Will Examine Dutch History
  
          HOLLAND -- As Holland celebrates its
  sesquicentennial and Hope College begins its 136th academic
  year, the department of history at Hope will be doing
  something new:  offering a course on Dutch history.
          The weekly, evening course will survey Dutch
  history from the Middle Ages to the present.  Areas of
  concentration will include the age of Rembrandt, a time of
  commercial and cultural achievement; religious developments;
  and the Second World War.  Each week will also be devoted to
  issues in the contemporary Netherlands, such as drug
  policies and euthanasia.
          According to Dr. Albert Bell, professor of history
  and chair of the department, this is the first time in at
  least two decades that the department has offered a course
  on Dutch history specifically.  The college's department of
  modern and classical languages has offered instruction in
  the Dutch language for much of the college's history.
          The history course's instructor, Dr. James
  Kennedy, is new to the Hope faculty this fall and a
  specialist in Dutch history.  He sees the city's anniversary
  as central to the decision to premiere the new course.
          "I think there was a feeling that, especially in
  Holland's sesquicentennial year, it might be appropriate to
  offer a course in Dutch history," said Kennedy, who is an
  assistant professor of history.
          The course will meet Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m.
  to 9:50 p.m. during the fall semester.  Kennedy will give
  the students an opportunity to examine 19th century Dutch
  immigration patterns by having the students complete their
  largest project using materials at the Joint Archives of
  Holland concerning the immigration.  The Joint Archives,
  housed in the college's Van Wylen Library, is a joint
  collection for Hope College, The Holland Historical Trust
  and Western Theological Seminary.
          "I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity
  to have the students do something there," he said.  "I think
  it's an excellent resource."
          In addition to his teaching duties, Kennedy is
  also a research fellow with the college's A.C. Van Raalte
  Institute for Historical Studies, which supports research
  and writings on the history and heritage of the Holland
  area.  His work with the institute includes strengthening
  its ties and contacts with scholars in the Netherlands,
  developing its library of resource materials and helping to
  enhance the institute's profile.
          Kennedy was most recently at Valparaiso University
  in Indiana, where he was a Lilly Fellow and lecturer in
  history.  He was previously at the University of Iowa, where
  he completed his doctorate in 1995 and served as a teaching
  assistant.  His doctorate is in European history, and his
  dissertation examined cultural change in the Netherlands
  during the 1960s.
          He earned a master's in religious studies from
  Calvin College in 1988, and a bachelor's in international
  affairs from Georgetown University in 1986.
          Fall semester classes at Hope will begin on
  Tuesday, Aug. 26.  Additional information may be obtained by
  calling the college's Registrar's Office at (616) 395-7760.

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