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Visiting Lecturers, 2000-2001

An important aspect of the work and activity at the Van Raalte Institute is the sponsorship of occasional lectures. We were privileged to have two guest lecturers this past year. Dr. Eric Ketelaar, Professor of Archivistics at Leiden University, who was spending the semester as the Netherlands Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, made an informal presentation at a luncheon held in his honor on 26 February 2001 at the Haworth Conference Center. He spoke about his work in the Netherlands and his research and experiences as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan.

The late Willard C. Wichers, Director of the Midwest Division of the Netherlands Information Service 1942-1974 and a Holland resident, was instrumental in establishing the visiting professorship fifty years ago. In celebration of this anniversary, Dr. Ketelaar wrote a history of this position, pursuing research in the Wichers papers at the Joint Archives of Holland. Dr. Ketelaar described his visiting professorship and visit to Holland in an article titled "Hij is niet hier, hij is niet daar, hij is in Amerika," which was published in the May 2001 issue of Radicaal: Personeelsblad van de Rijksarchiefdienst en RHC's.

Dr. George Harinck, Director of the Archief-en-Docu-mentatiecentrum van de Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland, Kampen, and staff member of the Historisch Documentatie-centrum voor het Nederlands protestantisme (1800-present) of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, presented a lecture in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall on 29 March 2001. The title of Dr. Harinck's address was "Henry E. Dosker, the Man between Albertus C. Van Raalte and Abraham Kuyper." Dr. Harinck was a visiting scholar at the Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, this past spring where he was able to do considerable research on Dosker. Henry Dosker, who was born, raised, and educated in the Netherlands, kept in active contact with key leaders in the Netherlands churches, such as Kuyper and Herman Bavinck, after he emigrated to America. His entire professional career was spent in America as pastor in Reformed Church congregations and as professor at Western Theological Seminary and Louisville Theological Seminary. Dr. Harinck's lecture was very insightful and well-received. Anyone wishing to have a copy of his lecture is invited to request one from the Institute at no charge.