Professor Dives Deep Into History of Rare Manuscript

by Rachel Watson (Excerpt from an article on October 12, 2015 on Calvin's News & Stories.) Tucked safely away in a climate-controlled space in Calvin College’s Meeter Center is a medieval devotional manuscript the college has owned since 1912. It recently became an object of deeper interest to Frans van Liere, professor of history and …

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“Youneverknow:” My Journey into Afro-Latino History and Culture

by Eric M. Washington. On September 8, 2015 Joaquin Andujar died. The vast majority of the readers of this blog have no idea who this man was. When I learned of his death, it reminded me of why I study what I study and of whom I study. Joaquin Andujar was a former Major League …

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History in Action

by Amanda Armour Greenhoe (Excerpt from an article in the Fall 2015 edition of Spark) You’re surfing the internet when you find an article on the Italian Grand Prix, a tale of fast cars at dangerously fast speeds. This story of the race’s 1928 running, written in 2015 with the advantages of hindsight and historical context, …

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The New Barbarism

by Frans van Liere. “A furore normannorum, libera nos domine.”[1] The Lindisfarne Gospels is one of the most beautifully illuminated Gospel books today in the possession of the British Library. It attests to the flourishing Christian culture that once was the hallmark of the monastic communities in Northern England in the seventh century. The intellectual …

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One Flag for One Nation

by Ron Wells. The issue of flying the Confederate flag has revived a spirited debate here in the South. What follows is my contribution to that debate. Fair disclosure first. I am a US-born child of immigrants. My parents, born in a British Crown colony, became US citizens as soon as the process allowed. While …

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