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landgoed

Landgoed Het Laer, Ommen, Overijssel, the Netherlands
3-4 November 2011

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Opening Session, 9:00 am, George Harinck, Presiding

Welcome and Opening Remarks

George Harinck, Director, Historical Documentation Centre, VU University Amsterdam, and Conference Chair
Gerrit Jan Kok, Burgemeester, Ommen

Keynote Address

Robert P. Swierenga (Professor Emeritus, Kent State University; The Albertus C. Van Raalte Research Professor and Adjunct Professor of History, Hope College): Off the Pulpit: Van Raalte as Community Leader

Coffee Break, 10:15 am – 10:45 am

Session II, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, TBD, Moderator

a. Mees te Velde (Professor of Church History and President, Kampen Theological University): De inhoud en betekenis van de opleiding van Van Raalte in Overijssel en in Arnhem voor de afgescheiden kerk (The Significance of Theological Education by Van Raalte in Ommen and Arnhem for the Seceder Church)

b. Gerrit Jan Beuker (Pastor der Evangelische-reformierte und Ev.-Altreformierte Gemeinde Laar): A. C. Van Raalte en zijn werk onder afgescheiden gemeenten in Duitsland en zijn contact met Duitse emigranten in Michigan (A. C. Van Raalte’s Work Among Seceder Congregations in Germany and his Contact with German Immigrants in Michigan)

Lunch, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Session III, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, TBD, Moderator

a. Hans Krabbendam (Assistant Director, Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, Zeeland, the Netherlands): Albertus Van Raalte as Social Reformer

b. Nella Kennedy (Sr. Research Fellow and Official Translator, Van Raalte Institute): Twice Torn Asunder: Christina De Moen Van Raalte.

Coffee Break, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Session IV, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, TBD, Moderator

a. Rein Nauta (Professor Emeritus, Universiteit Tilburg): A. C. Van Raalte als religieus leider (A. C. Van Raalte’s Religious Leadership)

b. Leon van den Broeke (Pastor, Federating Protestant Church of the Netherlands, Sint Pancras, and Assistant Professor, VU University Amsterdam): “Christ as Master Builder, me as a tool”: Albertus C. Van Raalte and the Ecclesiastical Organization 

Reception, 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Dinner, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

          Invocation, TBD

Gerrit te Rietstap (Secretary, Stichting Van Raaltehuis, Ommen): De betekenis van Van Raaltes erfgoed voor stad en streek, en de plannen van de stichting (The Legacy of A. C. Van Raalte for City and Region and the Plans of the Van Raaltehouse Foundation)

Friday, 4 November 2011

Opening Remarks, 9:00 am, George Harinck,Presiding

Session V, 9:15 am – 10:45 am, TBD, Moderator

a. Richard H. Harms (Archivist, Calvin College): Fissures in the Fellowship: Dynamics in the Religious Fragmentation in the West Michigan “Dutch Colony” during the 1850s

b. Jaap van Gelderen (Assistant Professor Emeritus, Protestant Theological University Kampen):De rol en betekenis van A. C. Van Raalte voor Ommen en omgeving (The Role and Importance of A. C. Van Raalte for Ommen and Environs)
Coffee Break, 10:45 am – 11:15 am

Session VI, 11:15 am – 12:45 pm, TBD, Moderator

a. George Harinck (Professor of History, VU University Amsterdam and Kampen Theological University; Conference Co-chair): Albertus C. Van Raalte and Visits of Emigrants to the Old Country and Dutch Synods 

b. Jacob E. Nyenhuis (Professor of Classics and Provost, Emeritus; Director, Van Raalte Institute): A. C. Van Raalte and his Eponymous Institute: An International Vision for Dutch-American Relations
Lunch, 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm

Session VII, 1:45 pm –3:15 pm, TBD, Moderator

a. Peter Ester (Professor of Sociology, Rotterdam University, and Senator of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) and Henk Aay (Professor of Geography, Calvin College): A Case of Perception Bias: Jacob van Hinte’s Views on Albertus C. Van Raalte and Hendrik P. Scholte as Dutch Immigrant Leaders

b. Reflections on the Conference Theme: Open Discussion
Reception, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm