• Event Date


    summer seminar sessions
    Event Type Information Session
    Date Monday, June 18, 2012
    Location Grand Rapids, MI
    3201 Burton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    Hosted by Calvin College

    The Economics of Global Poverty

    July 9-12, 2012

    Director: Christopher Barrett (Cornell University) This project aims to accelerate the intellectual development, expand the professional networks, and highlight the achievements of scholars working in the economics of global poverty. It will develop a Christian community of scholars committed to innovation within economics and community development. Team members commit to a three-year, three-event project.

    Globalization & Worship: Soundings from the Worldwide Church July 23-August 3, 2012

    Director: Charles Farhadian (Westmont College) This seminar will explore how cultural and economic globalization is reshaping worship worldwide. Moving past interpretations that present worshiping communities as disparate, culturally segregated assemblies, we will seek to understand how worship around the world is interconnected through the pathways laid out by globalization.

    Religion, Modernity, and the Hermeneutics of Science July 8-21, 2012

    Director: Peter Harrison (University of Oxford) This seminar is designed to deepen the understanding of faculty at Christian colleges and universities regarding the history of scientific and religious thought. The seminar aims to give teachers deeper historical knowledge of how interpretive frameworks for science in theology and "natural philosophy" have evolved since the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Singing What We Believe: Theology and Hymn Texts June 18-22, 2012

    Director: Bert Polman (Calvin College)

    Congregational singing has often been called the layperson's "handbook of theology." Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs mix worship and teaching to shape and inspire Christian living. This seminar will explore the theology of classic hymn lyrics and contemporary Praise-Worship texts and investigate their impact on current religious convictions and practices.


    Four consecutive weeks between June 25 and July 27, 2012 Communitas is a visiting scholars program that offers Christian scholars four weeks at Calvin College to focus on their research and writing. Scholars also participate in the lively community of the Seminars program. They have access to the college's research library, computer networks, and recreational facilities and are encouraged to find conversation partners in their fields within Calvin's faculty. Family members are also invited to accompany the scholars and participate in the Seminars group activities.

    Joel Carpenter, Director

    Mary Bennett, Coordinator

    Katie Robrahn, Department Assistant

    Our staff has many years of professional experience in event management and professional development.

    We offer a hearty welcome and caring Christian service to all our guests.

    Phone: 616-526-8558

    Fax: 616-526-6682

    E-mail: seminars@calvin.edu

    Web site: www.calvin.edu/scs


    Eligibility and application requirements, seminar expectations and financial details vary from event to event. See the Seminars website for details and to apply. The application deadline is Feb.1, 2012.

    Facilities and Services

    All logistical arrangements for participants and their families will be handled by the Seminars staff. Our campus has outstanding facilities for living and learning including the best research library in West Michigan. We offer daily children's activities and social events.

    Host Institution

    Founded in 1876, Calvin College is one of the largest Christian colleges in North America with 3,991 students and over 100 academic programs. As a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed Christian tradition, Calvin is an international leader in faith-shaped learning and scholarship.


    E-mail: seminars@calvin.edu

    Phone: (616) 526-8558

    Fax: (616) 526-6682

    For application information: www.calvin.edu/scs

    Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan


    Joel Carpenter, Director

    Mary Bennett, Coordinator

    Katie Robrahn, Dept Assistant

    Seminars @ Calvin

    1855 Knollcrest Circle SE

    Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4402

    ph: 616.526.8558, fax: 616.526.6682