History forum highlights Dutch capitalism in America

January 30, 2009
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

A look at Dutch commercial capitalism in America is the focus of the next history forum presented by the California State University, Bakersfield history department. Oliver Rink will present Wampum, Furs and Builders: Dutch Commercial Capitalism Comes to America. The talk will provide a glimpse into the trading empire of the United Provinces of the Netherlands on Feb. 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the Music Building room 114.

Rink, a CSUB history professor, will take attendees on an expedition into the trade-driven world of New Netherland. He will highlight the vibrant trade system in the lower Hudson River Valley maintained by Dutch sailors, skippers, farmers and merchants until the English conquest of 1664.

The History Forum started in March 2000 and presents one speaker per academic quarter. Past topics have included the history of the Basque settlement in Bakersfield presented by Jeri Echeverria, Fresno State University provost and historian; the history of the California wine industry by historian Victor Geraci; oral history and the Chicano experience in World War II given by Mario Garcia, from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an analysis of the "Orange Revolution" in Ukraine presented by CSUB history professor Mark Baker; an analysis on pre-national, pre-modern Ukranian culture and icons of the Last Judgment, by John-Paul Himka, history professor at the University of Alberta (Canada).

The event is free and open to the public and parking will be free in Lots B and C. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact the history department at (661) 654-3079.