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ACVR Bicentennial Conference

An International Bilateral Conference
“Albertus C. Van Raalte, Leader and Liaison”
Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Birth of
The Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte, DD
(b. 17 October 1811)

Hope College
24-25 October 2011

Monday, 24 October 2011

Opening Session, 9:00 am, Jacob E. Nyenhuis, Presiding
Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall

Welcome and Opening Remarks

            Jacob E. Nyenhuis, Director, Van Raalte Institute
            James E. Bultman, President, Hope College

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, Jon J. Huisken, Moderator

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

Lunch, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
The Servery, Cook Hall

Session III, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Dennis N. Voskuil, Moderator
[Location TBA]

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

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 

Coffee Break, 3:00 pm– 3:30 pm

Session IV, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, James A. De Jong, Moderator
[Location TBA]

a. Earl Wm. Kennedy (Professor Emeritus, Northwestern College; Sr. Research Fellow, Van Raalte Institute): Albertus C. Van Raalte’s Vision for Christian Education for Children in the Holland Colony

b. Peter Ester (Professor of Sociology, Rotterdam University, and Senator of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) and Henk Aay (Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, 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

Reception and Tour, Holland Museum, 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Sponsored by Dean Alfredo M. Gonzales, Associate Provost and Dean for International and Multicultural Education

Dinner, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Donnelly Dining Room, Haworth Inn

          Invocation, Elton J. Bruins

Gerrit te Rietstap, Secretary, Stichting Van Raaltehuis, Report on the Van Raalte House Project in Ommen, Overijssel, the Netherlands 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011
 [Location TBA]

Opening Remarks, 9:00 am, Jacob E. Nyenhuis, Presiding


Session V, 9:15 am – 10:45 am, Larry J. Wagenaar, 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. Janet Sjaarda Sheeres (Independent Scholar): Zo God het behaagt . . . God Willing: The Failed Amelia Colony in Virginia vs. the Success of the Holland Colony

Coffee Break, 10:45 am – 11:15 am

Session VI, 11:15 am – 12:45 pm, Donald J. Bruggink, Moderator

a. Eugene Heideman (RCA missionary, professor at Western Theological Seminary, and RCA church executive, retired): The Reverend Dr. A. C. Van Raalte, Preacher and Leader, as Reflected in his Sermons

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
The Servery, Cook Hall

Session VII, 1:45 pm –3:15 pm, Lynn W. Japinga, Moderator
[Location TBA]

a. Michael Douma (Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois-Springfield): Writings about Van Raalte: Historiography and Changing Views about the Dutch-American Leader

b. Reflections on the Conference Theme: Open Discussion

Reception and Tour of the Theil Research Center, home of the Van Raalte Institute, 9 East 10th Street, 3:30 - 4:30 pm