Visitors of the event will be met with many new perspectives on the topics of Calvinism, the Reformation, Dutch culture and Dutch religion. The program for the day features workshops, lectures, a lunch and of course a hearty debate.
Calvinism is an integral part of Dutch history and culture. During its early days in the Netherlands it inspired opposition to Spanish rule among both the common folk and the nobility alike. In the time of the Republic it strengthened a culture of tolerance. Nowadays it would seem that Calvinism has all but disappear from the public stage. But a closer look tells a different story. The legacy of Calvin can still be seen everywhere. From the ‘polder-model’ in Dutch politics to the cliché of Dutch sobriety; all have their roots in Calvin’s thoughts. How much of a Calvinist is the average Dutchman? How much of our temporary culture is still influenced by Calvinist teachings?
On the 12th of October, student association GHD Ubbo Emmius in Groningen aims to tackle these questions. The yearly recurring historical conference will consist of two lectures and four workshops. It starts at 9.30 a.m. and it ends at about 6.00 p.m. The event will take place at the 'Van Swinderenhuys’ in Groningen.