Biennial De Graaf Lecture Will
Examine Medieval Religious
Posted March 20, 2002
HOLLAND -- The biennial De Graaf Lecture at Hope
College will present the address "God-denying Fools:
Imagining Atheism in Medieval Religious Art" by V.A. Kolve,
professor emeritus of the University of California-Los
Angeles, on Tuesday, April 2, at 4 p.m. in the Maas Center
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Sponsored by the college's department of English,
the lecture will explore medieval religious thought in
Western Europe by looking especially at illuminated
manuscripts of the Old Testament book of Psalms.
Kolve is the author of "The Play Called Corpus
Christi" and "Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative: The
First Five Canterbury Tales," which received the James
Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association and
the British Council Prize in the Humanities. He also co-
edited "Nine Canterbury Tales and the General Prologue," and
has published many articles on medieval literature, art and
After completing a B.A. degree at the University
of Wisconsin, Kolve received B.A., M.A., and D.Phil. degrees
from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and
began his teaching career. He went on to teach at Stanford
University, the University of Virginia, and UCLA, where he
was the UCLA Foundation Professor.
Among other honors, he has received a Guggenheim
Fellowship and teaching awards from the Danforth Foundation
and UCLA. He is an elected fellow of the Medieval Academy
of America and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The De Graaf endowed lectureship, which premiered
in the fall of 1991, was established by the family of Dr.
Clarence De Graaf in memory of his service on the faculty of
Hope College. De Graaf taught in the department of English
for 44 years, until his retirement in 1972, and served as
department chairperson for 25 of those years. He died in