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Places are still available for the keynote lecture by Udo Janz, former director of UNHCR New York, who will close the public symposium on Refugees and Asylum on 28 September 2018

On Friday 28 September 2018, Dr. Hedy Rose will present the Autumn Roosevelt Lecture on "My Childhood in Hiding: Amsterdam, 1942-1945" at the RIAS.

The RIAS will host a public symposium “Seeking Refuge: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Refugees and Asylum,” on 27-28 September 2018. Keynote speakers are Udo Janz (former director of UNHCR) and Peter Rose (Smith College, USA).

This year's Theodore Roosevelt American History Award was awarded to Megan Griffiths (Leiden) for her thesis on the Salem witchcraft 'crisis' of the 1690s.

From 2-4 May 2018, the Director of Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute, Halbert Jones, visited the RIAS. During his visit, it was agreed that the two American Studies institutions would deepen their cooperation by facilitating the exchange of short-term visits between Oxford and Middelburg.

On Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 4:30 pm the RIAS and the Roosevelt Foundation will host Karen Armstrong for a special Roosevelt Lecture to accompany the 2018 Four Freedoms Awards.

On Friday 1 June 2018 the RIAS hosted the Amerikanistendag, the annual students' conference of the Netherlands American Studies Association.

The RIAS Library will be closed from Thursday 10 through Monday 21 May 2018 due to public holidays and the celebration of the Four Freedoms Awards.

As of 1 May 2018, the RIAS offers access to digital collections of primary materials on slavery, Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and more.

On Friday 25 May 2018 Professor Damian Pargas, executive director of the RIAS, will deliver his inaugural address at Leiden University, entitled 'Promised Lands: Seeking Freedom in the Age of American Slavery.'