Two required background readings are provided to each participating student during the summer proceeding the August semester of this program. The expectation (and requirement) is that these texts will be read carefully in advance of arrival in the Netherlands. This year, the program’s required pre-seminar readings are:
- Lechner, Frank J. The Netherlands: Globalization and National Identity. Taylor & France Group, Routledge, 2008.
- Buruma, Ian. Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, New York: Penguin Press, 2006.
Required readings that are at the intellectual core of the August Seminar itself include the following books which are provided to students in advance of the seminar and which students must bring to the Netherlands:
- Bauman, Zygmunt. Europe: An Unfinished Adventure. Polity Press, 2004.
- Jenkins, Philip. God's Continent: Christianity, Islam and Europe's Religious Crisis. Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Sorensen, Georg. A Liberal World Order in Crisis. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011.
- Weizman, Eyal. The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence From Arent to Gaza. Verso, London 2011.
In addition to these core seminar readings, there are occasional pieces that will be brought to the attention of the students to highlight specific sub-themes of the seminar of relevance to the program’s guest presentations and educational excursions. To the extent possible, these readings will be forwarded electronically to students in advance of the seminar or handed out to students upon arrival in the Netherlands. But in some cases students will need to find and review selected readings from library and other sources in the Netherlands. Among the articles that students may be asked to read for various sessions of the summer seminar (see the syllabus for the schedule) are these:
- Duyvendak, J., Pels, T. & Rijkschroeff, R. (2005). ‘A multicultural paradise? The cultural factor in Dutch integration policy.’
- Honig, Jan Willem. “Avoiding War, Inviting Defeat: The Srebrenica Crisis, July 1995,” Journal Of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Dec. 2001): 200-210.
- Spruyt, Jan Bart. ‘“Can’t we discuss this?” Liberalism and the Challenge of Islam in the Netherlands’, Orbis, Vol. 51, Issue 2 (Spring 2007, 313-329).
- Benhabib, Seyla. “Just Membership in a Global Community,” Macalester Civic Forum, spring,
2008, PP. 45-61.
Further Recommended Readings
The list of books and articles below is meant to provide students with suggestions for further reading on the program theme and on selected subtopics of the seminar, as well as suggestions that may be relevant to students’ independent study projects.
- Albrow, Martin. The Global Age: State and Society Beyond Modernity. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 1996.
- Alston, Philip. “Of Witches and Robots: The Diverse Challenges of Responding to Unlawful Killings in the Twenty First Century.” Macalester International Roundtable, 2010.
- Balibar, Etienne. We, The People of Europe: Reflections on Transnational Citizenship. Princeton University Press, 2003.
- *Benhabib, Seyla. The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents and Citizens. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
- *Falk, Richard. Predatory Globalization: A Critique. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1999.
- *Giddens, Anthony. Europe in the Global Age. Polity Press, 2006.
- Israel, Jonathan. The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall 1477-1806. (Oxford History of Early Modern Europe). Oxford University Press, 1995.
- Judt, Tony. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1946.
- *Leonard, Mark. Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century. Public Affairs, 2005.
- *Miller, Richard W. Globalizing Justice: The Ethics of Poverty and Power. Oxford University Press, 2010.
- Mittleman, James. The Globalization Syndrome: Transformation and Resistance. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.
- Pasha, Mustapha, and Samatar, Ahmed. The Resurgence of Islam in Globalization: Critical Reflection. 1996.
- *Ramadan, Tariq. Western Muslims and the Future of Islam. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
- Vermeulen, F., & Berger, M. (2008). “Civic Networks and Political Behavior: Turks in Amsterdam and Berlin,” in S. Karthick Ramakrishnan & I. Bloemraad (eds.) Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations and Political Engagement, New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, pp. 160-192.
- Weinstein, Michael (editor). Globalization: What's New? New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.
(* Indicates highly recommended works.)