Past and Ongoing Projects

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ENGAGING CULTURE GLOBALLY THROUGH SCHOLARSHIP AND RESEARCH 

SERVING THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY & COMMON GOOD

The Andreas Center has provided funding for several local, national, and international projects, including:  

  • "A Mission OutReach," or AMOR, takes as many as 45 students, faculty, and staff to a developing country where they carry out work projects, lead Bible studies, and learn about the cultural and missional challenges of their host country. The Andreas Center provides funding for faculty and staff to participate in the leadership and facilitation of the AMOR trips.
  • Calvin, Worship, and the Arts Workshop: Jointly sponsored by the Andreas Center and music department of Dordt College on November 7, 2009, this workshop consisted of two plenary addresses, followed by eight sectionals on worship and music, visual arts, Scripture reading, the senses, the sacraments, and others. Plenary speakers were Dr. Karin Maag, Director of the Meeter Center at Calvin College, who spoke on "Worship and Congregational Life in Calvin's Geneva," and Dr. Duane Kelderman, vice president for administration at Calvin Theological Seminary and co-author of Authentic Worship in a Changing Culture, who addressed worship planning that is rooted in the Calvinist tradition while meaningful for 21st-century culture.
  • The "Charis: Boundary Crossings" exhibition came out as an experiment in cross-cultural engagement. In June 2008, 18 artists and art scholars from the United States and several Asian/Pacific nations gathered in Java and Bali to consider Indonesia's cultural wonders while sharing ideas of how they engage their home cultures as Christians and as artists. The exhibition is comprised of almost 40 works, including paintings, sculptures, assemblage, fiber constructions, and installations. The exhibition visited Dordt College from October 11 to December 31, 2011; it traveled throughout North America through 2011 before heading to Asia.
  • A Christian agriculture education program for students and farmers in Zambia and Africa; Special Education in Nicaragua: The Andreas Center provided support to Dr. Kathleen Van Tol, Assistant Professor of Education, to work with the Ministry of Education in Nicaragua to expand and develop a country-wide special education curriculum and resources. Dr. Van Tol lived in Nicaragua for the Spring 2015 academic semester to develop this program. Learn more about Kathleen Van Tol's work on in all things.
  • Christian Leadership Integrity Project: The Andreas Center provided some support for a one-day Christian Leadership Summit in early March 2013 in New York City, moderated by Dordt President Emeritus Dr. Carl Zylstra. This Integrity Project, hosted by the Consortium for Educational Advancement, sought to challenge Christian leaders and institutions to demonstrate and nurture the highest level of integrity, in character, accountability, intellect, doctrine, and morals. The Project analyzed past concerns and encouraged the development of effective present and future leaders who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, motivated them to fulfill this commitment through a life of service.
  • Collaboration with IAPCHE Faculty Enrichment ProgramProfessor Jay Shim observed IAPCHE Faculty Enrichment programs in India, constructed a presentation in Indonesia, and developed an anthology of reading helpful to develop Christian teacher scholarship by faculty in various regions of the world in collaboration with IAPCHE. Dr. Shim gave presentations in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and South Korea with positive results and invitations for more presentations.
  • The Fourth World: a documentary film by digital media professor Mark Volkers, Prairie Grass Productions, and students that chronicles the lives of slum dwellers in Guatemala, the Philippines, and Kenya. The documentary takes the viewer inside the slums on three continents to meet individuals caught up in the largest people migration in the history of the world. Professor Volkers took students to the Philippines during Christmas 2008 and to Kenya over the Christmas break in 2009. His purpose was to give digital media students on-the-job training and a better understanding of what daily reality is like for the many people living in the slums. The Fourth World won many awards in 2012 and went on to be screened at several film festivals.
  • Funding for Dordt professors to lecture internationally.  
  • Men's Basketball Camp in Chicago: Support (with a decreasing balance over five years) for conducting a free three-day summer basketball camp for inner-city youth on Chicago's west side (in conjunction with Chicago Hope Academy) starting in 2011, to be offered on a bi-annual basis and involving current basketball players and staff.
  • Partnership with Northrise University in Ndola, Zambia: Located in Ndola, Zambia, this Christian university seeks to prepare students for leadership in the church and business community. During summer 2015, Professors Ron Vos (agriculture) and John Visser (business) taught courses at Northrise with financial assistance from the Andreas Center. 
  • Photography Master Class: Partial subsidy for 2011 Dordt photography students who participated in a master class in and of the streets of New York, mentored by Professor Douglas Burg and René Clement. In addition to photoshoots in the city, they created images of day laborers for Project Hospitality on Staten Island. Upon return, they produced a body of work displayed at Dordt.
  • Q Commons: Q Commons was created as a place where church and cultural leaders could come together to collaborate and explore ideas about how the Gospel can be expressed within our cultural context. This global simulcast event, in partnership with Qideas.org, features global and local speakers. The Andreas Center and Dordt College served as a host site for one of the 60 cities worldwide for the purpose to learn and consider how to advance good in our local communities.
  • "Through Their Eyes" was a collaborative community project where local children (primarily Hispanic and Caucasian) learned about and photographed key aspects of their culture and community in order to discover more about their own perceptions of community, from family to neighborhood to world, and how to improve them. "Through Their Eyes" involved Dordt education students, Dordt instructors, and the Sioux Center Public Library. Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) missionary and Dordt alumna Megan Ribbens, who has also performed similar workshops in Nigeria, helped orchestrate the project.

SCHOLARLY WORK AND RESEARCH 

  • Abraham Kuyper Translations: Between 2011 and 2018, Lexham Press published eight newly translated speeches and essays written by Kuyper. The translation project was initiated in late 2011 with the formation of The Kuyper Translation Society. The effort was supported by the Acton Institute, Kuyper College, Calvin Theological Seminary, and the Andreas Center at Dordt University.
  • Beyond Responsible Technology: This project gathered contributors working out the Reformational tradition to articulate a contemporary Christian perspective of engineering and technology in a way that is hospitable to a wider evangelical audience. Together, they drafted a new book that draws from themes of 'Responsible Technology' but serves a new generation with a format and style that reaches contemporary audiences within and beyond the Reformational academic community.
  • Center for the Advancement of Christian Education: CACE is dedicated to facilitating this process of sharing best practices in Christian education, collaborating with Christian school thought leaders, innovative practitioners, and Christian education supporters of all shapes and sizes to promote, innovate, advocate, improve, and sustain Christian education at all levels.
  • Center for Public Justice (CPJ) ArchivesSupported establishing an archival collection of CPJ documents at Dordt. Hopes are to expand this collection to include resources from other organizations that have their roots in Northwest Iowa and Dordt's reformational heritage and vision.
  • Crossings: Crossings is a Kuyperian experiment in student publishing. It is designed to be a student counterpart to Pro Rege, Dordt's academic journal, showcasing the best thought and most graceful writing of students across a wide variety of disciplines. It emphasizes interdisciplinary research through collaborative panels that approach a multi-aspectual topic from a theoretically non-reductionistic standpoint.
  • Deepening the Colors More: Aaron Baart (Dean of Chapel) received Andreas Center support to take the successful groundwork already laid out in the current CORE 100 Deepening the Colors text and, working via a collaborative writing process with the author Dr. Syd Hielema (Redeemer University College), sought to provide a virtual overhaul of this book that would continue to serve the CORE 100 program within Dordt but also potentially serve a wider CCCU and general church audience as well.
  • Futurity in Phenomenology: The Andreas Center is provided a modest subvention to help pay for the publication of philosophy professor Dr. Neal DeRoo's new book Futurity in Phenomenology: Promise and Method in Husserl, Levinas, and Derrida (Fordham University Press, 2013).
  • Grants for Faculty and Department Funds – ongoing
  • Historically Oriented Middle School Mathematics Textbook: Dr. Calvin Jongsma, Dordt professor of mathematics emeritus, developed units for a middle school mathematics text that incorporates historical perspectives to serve as a resource for teaching middle school mathematics. The Andreas Center supported this project with funds to lighten his teaching responsibilities for two years. Anyone interested in using portions of this material should contact him.
  • Translating Common Grace: In January 2012 the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service become an official (supporting) partner of the Kuyper Translation Society's Gemeene gratie (Common Grace) translation project.
  • Sewell Conference Papers and Lecture Series: In the summer of 2009, Keith C. Sewell, a professor of history at Dordt, gave a series of lectures in Europe with support from the Andreas Center. In honor of the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth, Sewell presented papers at major academic conferences in Toronto and Geneva, as well as presented lectures on the Reformation tradition in England. From this experience, Sewell expects to publish his papers and develop his lectures in book form.
  • Workshops and Seminars: The Andreas Center helps provide funding support for workshops and seminars on campus including:
    • Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics in 2015
    • Andreas Center Conference in 2013
    • The Christian Evasion of Popular Culture in 2012
    • Immigration and Community in 2010
    • GameChanger Summit in 2021
    • Presidential Politics Conference in Iowa (PPCI) in 2019
    • Prodigal Love of God (PLG) in 2019
    • Culture, Criticism and the Christian Mind (CCCM) in 2017