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1960s

Democratizing the University

During the 1960s, the English Department was located on the Herengracht, in the Lambert Ten Kate-House. They shared this building with the …

Women in the Academy

Professor Jacobus Swart (1915-1978) was a language and literature teacher who was a member of the faculty from 1961 to 1978. He …

Standardizing Teacher Training

The university was not the only place to master the English language. From 1921 until 1987, many studied at home to gain …

Language Laboratory

Maud Peereboom’s English study in 1967 began with six weeks in the language lab to practice her intonation. Her grammar and vocabulary …

Reforming the Curriculum

The attempts to democratize the University of Amsterdam also affected the English Department. The extremely challenging Nederlands-English translation course was widely feared …

The Harting Programme Scholarship

  Pieter Harting (1892-1970) was professor of English Language and Literature from 1937 to 1962. The Harting Programme is part of his …