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Esther Jansma - Johannes Van Tilburg Lecture in Dutch Studies

by Tyler Lawrence last modified February 16, 2010 01:55 PM
What Special Lecture
When February 25, 2010
from 05:30 pm to 05:30 pm
Where UCLA Faculty Center, California Room
Contact Name Vanessa Arredondo
Contact Email
Contact Phone (310) 825-4038
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“Reading Trees: Stories of Wood”


Esther Jansma
Chair in Dendrochronology, Utrecht University

Part of the Johannes Van Tilburg Lecture in Dutch Studies

This evening is made possible with generous support from Johannes and Jo Anne Van Tilburg, the University of Utrecht, the Consul General of the Netherlands, the Honorable Bart van Bolhuis, the Division of Social Sciences in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.

Please respond by Thursday, February 18, 2010 to
Vanessa Arredondo at (310) 825-4038 or varredondo@support.ucla.edu


About the 2010 Johannes Van Tilburg Lecturer


Esther Jansma is a Dutch archaeologist specialized in the field of dendrochronology, the study of the annual growth variations in trees.  She uses dendrochronology to date historical objects and to study aspects of their history.  During her Ph.D. research, she spent a formative year as a visiting scholar at the Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research (University of Arizona, Tucson).  In 1995, she received her doctorate (cum laude, Amsterdam University) and, in 1997, her thesis was awarded with the W.A. van Es Award for Dutch Archaeology.

Esther Jansma is scientific director of the Netherlands Centre for Dendrochronology in Amersfoort.  She holds a chair in dendrochronology at Utrecht University (Faculty of Geosciences) and works as a researcher at the Dutch National Heritage Agency.

She is also an acclaimed Dutch poet whose work has been awarded, among others, the VSB-Prize for Dutch poetry (1997), the Roland Holst stipend (2006) and the Jan Campert Award (2006).  In 2008, a selection of her poems appeared in the UK ('What it is', translations by Francis R. Jones, published by Bloodaxe Books).

The Van Tilburg Lecture in Dutch Studies at UCLA

In 2005, Johannes Van Tilburg and his wife, Jo Anne, gave the Dutch Studies Program at UCLA a remarkably generous gift to establish in perpetuity the Johannes Van Tilburg Lecture in Dutch Studies.

Mr. Van Tilburg came to the USA from The Netherlands in 1965.  In 1971, he became the founding principal of Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh, AIA and has led this 100 person firm to the forefront of planning and design.  His work as a designer is widely recognized throughout the state and indeed the entire country. In 1992, he was honored by his peers and elevated to the level of Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2007, Johannes Van Tilburg was honored by the Netherlands America Foundation of Southern California.

Mr. Van Tilburg is deeply committed to education and continues to work as an adjunct Professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at USC and is a Guest Lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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