Friday, March 12, 2010

A Bit of Dutch History

Travel study trips have an academic focus. Currently Vol State students are in the Netherlands studying Dutch and international law. However, there is plenty of time for students to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the country. Loretta Calvert, the coordinator of the paralegal studies program, shows a bit of what her students have been seeing:

My students at the Escher Museum which was the winter palace of the queen. Escher is a famous Dutch graphic artist who lived from 1898 to 1972. The art of M. C. Escher is by itself extremely impressive; however, the lighting above proved to be a wonderful surprise. In every room, there were chandeliers designed by Hans van Bentem from Rotterdam.

The Knights' Hall is used for meetings and conferences. and a special ceremony on Princes' Day. The opening of the Dutch Parliament occurs the third Tuesday in September. The queen arrives by a golden coach with footmen and delivers her speech from the throne shown in the video.

We had a really active discussion with our guide about Dutch history, diplomatic relations, and the current crisis in the Dutch government. The Dutch involvement in assisting the U.S. and other countries in Afghanistan was the reason that the Dutch government recently failed and will have to hold new elections in September for the legislature.

-Loretta Calvert
Paralegal Studies

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