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Just Citizenship: A Weekly Forum


Panel discussion: Christina Edmondson (Dean, Intercultural Student Development), Tracy Kuperus (International Development Studies), Bob Schoone-Jongen (History), and Micah Watson (Political Science)

The global rise of conservative governments is often attributed to a resurgence of nationalist ideologies. But what is nationalism? Does it have a natural connection with religion? What are some historical examples? What “lessons of nationalism” have been learned in the US and other countries?

About the panelists

Christina Edmondson serves as dean of Intercultural Student Development. ISDC is committed to equipping domestic and international students in meaningful intercultural interactions and encourages a process of development. She is also a certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator and mental health therapist.

Tracy Kuperus is associate professor of international development studies. Her research has focused on church-state relations in South Africa and the interaction between civil society and democratization in southern Africa.

Robert Schoone-Jongen is associate professor of history. He taught high school history for 27 years before coming to Calvin and currently supervises student teachers in history and social studies. His research historical interests include human migration patterns, the definitions people give themselves and place upon others, and the manner in which events are interpreted both at the moment and after the fact.

Micah Watson is William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar Chair and associate professor for political science. His research interests include political philosophy, politics and religion, politics and literature, ethics and public policy, and constitutional jurisprudence.

About the Just Citizenship series

This series has been organized by the Dean for Research and Scholarship under the Provost's Faith and Citizenship Initiative

What does it mean for Christians to think deeply and act justly in this time of political uncertainty? Just Citizenship is a weekly series of interdisciplinary lectures and panel discussions addressing current issues and asking how Christians can work for renewal in society. Join us in the Chapel each Monday at 3:30 during the spring semester; all of these events are free and open to the public. Find out more about the series and related events.

The Just Citizenship series has been approved for State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) in the state of Michigan. For every forum you attend, you can earn one clock hour of SCECH credit for certificate renewal. For more information and a SCECH application form, please visit our homepage for the series.

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