On 24 October 2019 Professor James J. Kimble of Seton Hall University (South Orange, New Jersey) gave an entertaining public lecture about Norman Rockwell’s visual promotion of the Four Freedoms in the 1940s, entitled "Roosevelt, Rockwell, and the War of Ideals: The Struggle for the Four Freedoms in History and Memory."
This summer the winner of the Theodore Roosevelt American History Awards 2019, Queeny van der Spek, spent a week in North Dakota, where she was hosted by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University.
On Thursday 24 October 2019, Professor James Kimble presented the Fall Roosevelt Lecture on "Roosevelt, Rockwell, and the War of Ideals: The Struggle for the Four Freedoms in History and Memory" at the RIAS.
The Marilyn B. Young Grant 2019 has been awarded to Michelle Carmody from the School of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Melbourne (Australia) for her research project "Amnesty International and the Challenge of Human Rights in US Foreign Policy."
On Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 June 2019 the RIAS hosted a two-day research seminar, involving the Institute’s PhD candidates alongside the research group of the “Cities of Refuge” project led by Barbara Oomen.
The RIAS provides three-month internships to Dutch BA/MA students with an interest in the United States. Over the years, our growing network of alumni has gone on to use their experience at the RIAS as a stepping-stone for a wide variety of further careers.
The RIAS welcomes our new PhD student Debby Esmeé de Vlugt. After completing her BA at University College Roosevelt and her master's degree at University of Oxford, she now returns to Middelburg for her PhD.
The RIAS, in cooperation with the University of Strasbourg, organizes a one day conference on American communities abroad and their broader socio-economic, cultural, environmental and political impact.
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).
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 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.'
On Monday 16 April 2018 the RIAS and University College Roosevelt hosted the American Professor Emeritus Peter Rose from Smith College. Professor Rose delivered the Spring Roosevelt Lecture on 'The Stranger at the Gate: The Politics and Morality of US Immigration and Refugee Policy from FDR to Trump.'
'Bridging Divides,' the 3rd Conference of the New Diplomatic History Network, was held at the RIAS from 24 through 26 October 2018. Keynote speakers were Naoko Shimazu (Yale-NUS College Singapore) and John Watkins (University of Minnesota).
The RIAS staff is pleased to announce the 2018 Marilyn B. Young Research Grant, a a new program to support research on the history of US foreign policy and especially its overlap with social and civil rights history. The grant will be offered to scholars who are interested in using the RIAS holdings and collections to further their research.
On Wednesday, 4 October 2017, Professor Justin Hart (Texas Tech University), visiting professor at the RIAS, delivered the latest installment of the Roosevelt Lectures. The lecture is now available online.
The RIAS welcomes it latest staff member: Professor Damian Pargas. Professor Pargas serves as the Institute's Executive Director and holds the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair of History and Culture of the United States and the Americas at Leiden University.
On 24 May 2017 the RIAS, together with local partners (Middelburg City Council, Roosevelt Foundation, and University College Roosevelt), held an international policy workshop on the subject of LGBTQ Elderly Care.