April 19–21, 2012

A conference devoted to exploring the influence of neo-Calvinism on democratic theory and practice. 
Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920)—pastor, theologian, journalist, and politician—was the principle force, both political and intellectual, behind the democratization of Dutch life and politics that came to pass in the late nineteenth century.  The purpose of this conference is to reflect on this legacy—to explore its theological roots and historical context but also to assess democracy’s prospects in our own day and to consider the ways in which Reformed theology might provide resources for democratic criticism and renewal. 

THE KUYPER PRIZE LECTURE will open the conference on the evening of Thursday 19th April and will be given by the winner of the 2012 Abraham Kuyper Prize.
Dr Ian Buruma
Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, Bard College

PLENARY LECTURES will be given by

George Harinck
 Professor of history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and director of the Historical Documentation Center for Dutch Protestantism at VU.

Jeffrey L Stout
  Professor of Religion, Princeton University

David Little
 T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and International Conflict, Harvard Divinity School; Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

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