Visiting Scholar Dr. Peter Ester Discusses "Dutch-American Entrepreneurs" and "Dutch Politics"

July 29, 2013 | 7:00 PM |
City Council Chambers at Holland City Hall

Dr. Peter Ester, who is a social scientist and professor at Rotterdam University and a Dutch Senator, will present "Dutch American Entrepreneurs" and "dutch politics" on Mon, July 29, at 7 p.m. Public invited, admission is free.

Ester is speaking at locations across the United States through the 2013 Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) Lecture Tour.  His visit to Holland is co-sponsored by the A.C. Van Raalte Institute at Hope College and the Dutch Heritage Coordinating Council.

Ester is the author of “Faith, Family & Fortune.  Reformed Upbringing and Calvinist Values of Highly Successful Dutch-American Entrepreneurs,” published by the A.C. Van Raalte Institute’s Van Raalte Press in 2012.  He was an adjunct research professor at the institute from 2008 to 2011, while conducting research for the book.

In the first part of his presentation, Ester will consider the cultural roots of the success of the Dutch-American entrepreneurs who founded companies such as Amway, Herman Miller, Meijer and Prince Manufacturing, with an emphasis on the relationship between immigration, culture, religion and entrepreneurship.  He will subsequently comment on recent political developments in the Netherlands and will share his experiences as a participant in the inauguration of King Willem Alexander in April.

Ester has published numerous books and scholarly articles on social and economic issues and on Dutch-American culture.  As a senator, he is a member of the Upper House of the Dutch parliament.  He is also a former Crown Member of the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER).


Prior to his visit to Holland, Ester will have spoken at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York City.  Following his appearance in West Michigan, he will continue the tour in Chicago, Ill., and San Francisco, Calif.