Reformation Day Poetry Reading and Open House
The H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies will have an open house and poetry reading on November 1st. The open house, featuring a special exhibit on "The Puritans and Their Impact” will take place between 10 and 11 am and will include a short presentation. This exhibit showcases a curated collection of works by English and American Puritans, including Bibles, theological works, and devotional texts. The Meeter Center was able to obtain some of the books on loan from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary’s rare book collection.
Then, at 3:30, there will be a Reformation-era poetry reading and afternoon tea (with, it is rumored, scones and clotted cream!) Calvin University English professors Chad Engbers, Debra Rienstra, and David Urban will read poems by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English poets John Donne, John Milton, Mary Sidney, and George Herbert.
(On this page is a painting of Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, [née Sidney]; she published poems and other writings, which included finishing a project of lyrical poems of the psalms begun by her brother, Philip).