Dr. Bart Wallet is an historian teaching and doing research at the department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He lectures in Jewish history at the K.U.Leuven, for the Rabbinic and Teachers students at the Levisson Institute and leads courses for the Crescas Education Centre.
He published his first book in 2007: Nieuwe Nederlanders. De integratie van de joden in Nederland 1814-1851. (New Dutchmen, The Integration of the Jews in the Netherlands 1814-1851)
At the (belated) opening of the academic year 2010-2011 on 24 November 2010 he held a lecture called (in translation) Citizenship and politics around religious identities: the integration of the Jews in the 19th Century and the debate about integration in the present day Netherlands.
Dr. Rachel Reedijk is a cultural anthropologist, specialised in the interreligious dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims. She is an active member of the Liberaal Joodse Gemeente Amsterdam and in particular in the steering group of the Interfaith Committee.
She received her PhD on 9 February 2010 from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The title of the dissertation was Roots and routes: Identity construction and the Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue.
During the opening of the academic year 2010-2011 she responded to dr Wallet's lecture. The point of view of the cultural antropologist turned out to be an excellent addition to that of the historian.
Listen to her presentation and/or read the text (both only in Dutch)