The first holder of the Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture, Henk Aay has long had a scholarly interest in his native country. Born in the Netherlands in 1945, Aay settled with his family in Canada, graduating with a BA in geography and planning from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He earned a PhD in geography from Clark University in Worcester, MA, and came to Calvin in 1982 as the university’s first full-time Ph.D. geographer.
“I have had a passion for the Netherlands all my life. It will be a privilege to make that passion part of the work of the new chair.”
Aay has long studied the Netherlands, published on the geography of the country, served as a visiting scholar at the Free University of Amsterdam and University of Groningen and led more than ten Calvin off-campus interim courses there.