Dies Natalis 2008
Friday 7 November
Cosmopolitans in Rotterdam
Rotterdam has been opening its windows to the world for centuries. Countless numbers have left by boat from here, many forever, whereas others arrived here and found a new home. Migration, globalization and cosmopolitanism – there are fascinating parallels between Erasmus’s days and our times five centuries later. These parallels as well as the lessons to be learned from them are the core of today’s Dies lecture.
Erasmus himself will be fully in the picture this fall, for example in an exhibition at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Subsequently in their very own way, professor Hans Trapman and actor Herman Gilis will bring Erasmus himself to life during the Dies ceremony.
Finally, on the occasion of the 95th university birthday – the 19th lustrum – three eminent academics will receive an honorary doctorate awarded by the Doctorate Board of Erasmus University.
Admission is free, please register your attendance.
Cover photograph: Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus, 1523, Musée du Louvre, Paris (On view in the exhibition Images of Erasmus, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 8 November 2008 - 8 February 2009 – part of the 19th lustrum of the EUR).