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Since 1946, the Leiden University Fund (LUF) has organised the Cleveringa Meetings, with help of regional committees, to commemorate the speech given by professor Rudolph Cleveringa on 26 november 1940 in protest of the removal of all Jewish professors from their posts.

This year, more than forty Cleveringa Meetings will take place all over the world. Most of the lectures at these meetings will be in Dutch, but eighteen will be in English, one in French (Rabat) and one in German (Munich). Find out more below. All meetings, English and Dutch, can be found on our Dutch website. We hope to see you at one of our annual Cleveringa Meetings. 

Cleveringa Meetings

Stopping time

Speaker: prof.dr. Eric Mazur, professor of Physics and of Applied Physics (Harvard University)
Language: English

Date Tuesday 12 November
Time From 5.30 p.m.
Location William James Hall 105
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Cost $ 12 p.p.
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For more information please contact Jos Scheffelaar via jscheffelaar@thenafboston.org.

Stopping time

Time is of philosophical interest as well as the subject of mathematical and scientific research. Even though it is a concept familiar to most, the passage of time remains one of the greatest enigmas of the universe. The philosopher Augustine once said: "What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks me, I do not know." The concept time indeed cannot be explained in simple terms. Emotions, life, and death - all are related to our interpretation of the irreversible flow of time. After a discussion of the concept of time, we will review historical attempts to "stop time," i.e., to capture events of very short duration and then present an overview of current research into ultrafast processes using short laser pulses.

Teenage pregnancy

Speaker: Anna Cunha of UNFPA
Language: English

Date Monday 25 November
Time 4 till 6 p.m.
Location Residence of the Dutch Embassy in Brasilia, Cornelis van Rij. SES – Av. das Nações – Qd. 801 – Lt. 05 
Cost Free entrance
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For more information please contact Ineke van de Pol or Bart van Bergen via ineke-vande.pol@minbuza.nl or bart-van.bergen@minbuza.nl

European Union cooperation: the need for more internal stability and external authority

Speaker: prof.dr. Jaap de Zwaan, professor European Union law at Erasmus University Rotterdam
Language: English

Date Wednesday 4 December
Time 5 p.m.
Location

Comenius University, Faculty of Law, Šafárikovo nám. č. 6, 810 00, Bratislava

Cost Free entrance
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This year there are two Cleveringa Meetings in Slovakia. In addition to Bratislava, a meeting will also be organized in Košice. For more information please contact Ondrej Krizko via ondrej.krizko@minbuza.nl.

Goodbye or not-so-goodbye? Withdrawing from international organizations in the age of nationalism and populism.

Spreaker: prof.dr. Niels Blokker
Language: English

Date Thursday 28 November
Time 16.00 CET
Location

ELTE University, faculty of law Faculty Council meeting room, 1053 Budapest, Egyetem tér 1-3 

Cost Free entrance
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For more information please contact the Cleveringa comittee via bdp@minbuza.nl

About the lecture

Goodbye or not-so-goodbye?
Withdrawing from international organizations in the age of nationalism and populism.

During and after the Second World War many international organizations have been established. International cooperation was considered to be in the common interest. A growing number of problems could no longer be effectively addressed at the national level only. The UN, the IMF and the World Bank, the Council of Europe, the European Communities and NATO were created, as well as the World Meteorological Organization, the European Space Agency, the African Union, ASEAN and many other organizations. However, nowadays these structures for international cooperation are increasingly criticized. Political leaders propose to withdraw from international organizations, and sometimes states actually withdraw. Is this not ‘throwing away the baby with the bathwater’? Is there a need to recalibrate multilateralism and ‘update’ international organizations?

Race, Racism and ‘Othering’ in the Current Economic and Cultural Crises of the Global North

Speaker:  Dr. T. Abbas
Language: English

Program:
Reception at 18.30 hrs with a light snack before the lecture at 19.00 hrs.

Date Tuesday 26 November
Time 18.30 hrs
Location Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Cost Free entrance
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For more information please contact the Cleveringa Committee via ioh@netvision.net.il

Academic freedom: from the days of Cleveringa to today

Speaker:  Prof.dr. Rick Lawson, Professor of European Law
Language: English

Program:
17:30 Doors open
18:00 Welcome by Consul-General Bart van Bolhuis
18:05 Lecture by Professor Rick Lawson
19:30 Cocktails
21:00 End

Date Thursday 21 November
Time From 17.30
Location

Netherlands consulate-general in Istanbul, Istiklal Cadessi 197, 34433 Beyoglu, Istanbul

Costs Free entrance
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For more information please contact Ist-events@minbuza.nl.

Java and foreign interventions; perceptions on Javanese sovereignty based on an early 19th-century text

Speaker: prof.dr. Willem van der Molen
Language: English

Program:
15.00-15.30 Registration
15.30-16.30 Lecture
16.30-17.30 Reception

Date Tuesday 26 November
Time From 3 p.m.
Location

Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. S-3 Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan 12950
Entrance via Jalan Besakih

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European Union cooperation: the need for more internal stability and external authority

Speaker: prof.dr. Jaap de Zwaan, professor European Union law at Erasmus University Rotterdam
Language: English

Date Tuesday 3 December
Time 10 a.m.
Location

Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, Historical aula (Rectorate), Šrobárova 2, 041 80 Košice

Costs Free entrance
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This year there are two Cleveringa meetings in Slovakia. In addition to Košice, a meeting will also be organized in Bratislava. For more information please contact Ondrej Krizko via ondrej.krizko@minbuza.nl.

Die Universität Leiden in den finsteren Jahren 1940-45"

Spreaker: Prof.dr. Willem Otterspeer, Professor emeritus of University History
Language: German

Date Thursday 28 November
Time From 6 p.m.
Location Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Geschwister Scholl Platz 1, 80539 München.
Costs € 5 p.p.
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For more information please contact Susanne Regehr via susanne.regehr@web.de

Away with medicines!

Spreaker: Prof.dr. Adam Cohen, professor of Clinical Pharmacology
Language: English

Program
6:00 p.m. Cocktail hour
7:00 p.m. Lecture
7:30 p.m. Cocktail hour

Date Tuesday 3 December
Time 6.00 p.m.
Location The Consulate General of the Netherlands 
666 Third Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd Street) 
New York, NY 10017 
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For more information please contact Mr. Joosten via leidenlunches@hotmail.com.

About the lecture

Leiden University established the Centre for Human Drug Research in 1987 (www.chdr.nl) and it has since been a growing force in international drug research. A title for a lecture from its founder that seems to do away with the business model of the organization seems unwise. However, we are in a period when public skepticism about medicines and their pricing levels is growing at about the same rate as the investments in biotech and the revenue and profit of Big Pharma. So, have we reached an inflexion point? 

How shedding new light on an old disease in Katwijk could help elderly world-wide

Speaker: Prof.dr. Marcus van Buchem
Language: English

Date Friday 29 November
Time From 7 p.m.
Location Netherlands Residence in Ottawa
Costs Hosted by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada
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For more information please contact Keum Roling via ott-ppc@minbuza.nl.

About the lecture

In the coastal village of Katwijk in the Netherlands it has been a fact of life for generations that in certain families stroke occurs very often and at a young age. In the 1980s a local general practitioner suspected that these strokes were based on a hereditary disease. He contacted researchers at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and some years later the autosomal dominant genetic defect that leads to strokes in these families was discovered. In the medical community the disease is now known as “Hereditary Cerebral Hemorrhages With Amyloidosis, Dutch-type” (HCHWA-D); in the local community it is also known as the “Katwijk disease”. Affected patients typically have their first strokes at age 50. This may lead to immediate death or it is followed by recurrent strokes leading to a step-wise deterioration of cognition and neurological functioning. Currently, an effective treatment is lacking.

Some years ago scientists discovered that HCHWA-D is a perfect model for a disease with a much higher prevalence. This disease, cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), affects over 80% of the elderly and can lead to hemorrhagic stroke and cognitive loss. The problem with CAA is that it is hard to recognize during life and consequently little is known of the mechanisms leading to the symptoms. This incomplete understanding is the main reason for the current absence of a treatment. In patients with HCHWA-D, the presence of the disease can simply be detected during life by DNA analysis, and this offers unique possibilities to increase our understanding of the disease mechanisms in both HCHWA-D and CAA and it increases the chances to develop a treatment. Recently, research on HCHWA-D has had a major new impulse due to a close collaboration between physicians and researchers at the LUMC and the patient organization in Katwijk. During this presentation dr. Van Buchem will report on the emerging results.

About the speaker

Prof. dr. M.A. (Mark) van Buchem (1960) is professor of neuroradiology and chairman of the department of Radiology at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). He obtained his medical degree (1988) and his PhD degree (1992) at Leiden University. His military service he performed as a physician-officer in the Royal Dutch Navy. Following completion of his radiology residency program at the LUMC in 1994, he was a visiting research fellow at the Neuroradiology Section of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia (USA) in 1994-1995. In 1998 he became Chief of Neuroradiology at LUMC, and in 2002 he was appointed as Professor of Neuroradiology at the same institution. In 2005-2006 he was visiting professor at Harvard Medical School and neuroscientist at the A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (USA). Among van Buchem’s major initiatives have been: founding and leading of the LUMC Neuroimaging Research Group at the LUMC, founding of the C.J. Gorter Center for High-field MRI at the LUMC, co-founder and former chairman of the board of the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition at Leiden University, co-founding and leading the Medical Delta Imaging Institute (a collaboration between the universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam) and co-founding a clinical artificial intelligence platform at the LUMC and Leiden University (to be launched later this year). His major administrative responsibilities include leading the LUMC Department of Radiology and leading the LUMC-wide value-based and data-driven healthcare program. He has been leader of several national research consortia, such as “In vivo molecular diagnostics in Alzheimer’s disease” and the national project “the Heart-Brain axis”. As a consultant of the National Institutes on Aging (NIH, Bethesda, USA) he has been involved in the design, implementation and analysis of the population-based Age, Gene/Environment Susceptibility Study in Iceland. Van Buchem founded the Dutch Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (CAA) Foundation and the International CAA Association, two organizations that have a major contribution to the international field of CAA research. Together with prof. Steven Greenberg, from Harvard University Medical School, he initiated a study program in Dutch-type CAA patients in the Netherlands. Over the years, he has been actively involved in several professional organizations, such as the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (member of the Board of Trustees: 1999-2000) and the Dutch Society for Neuroradiology (president: 2002-2005). His scientific research is focused on neurodegenerative diseases in general, and cerebral small vessel disease and CAA in particular. This research is embedded in an international network. He has published more than 500 scientific papers, his H-index (Web of Science) is 62, and he supervised more than 40 PhD theses.

The European Union: Common Values in a Changing World

Spaeker: Prof.mr.dr. Laurens Jan Brinkhorst
Language: English

Date Sunday 17 November
Time 15.00-17:30
Location Palacký University Olomouc , Corpus Christi Chapel, Univerzitní 226/4, 779 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic
Cost Free entrance
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For more information please contact the commitee via PRA-PCZ@minbuza.nl.

'Le rêve des origines par le médium de la modernité? Photographie et histoire sociale de la Palestine (1880-1950)’

Speaker: Dr. Karène Sanchez Summerer
Language: French

Date Monday 19 November
Time From 7 p.m.
Location NIMAR
Nederlands Instituut in Marokko / Institut néerlandais au Maroc / Netherlands Institute in Morocco
Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas à Rabat / Université de Leiden
3, Avenue Mohamed El Fassi (ex Avenue Marrakech)
Hassan, Rabat
Cost Free entrance
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 For more information please contact NIMAR via nimar@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Building a global sustainable future with biotechnology: fiction or fact ?

Speaker: Prof. Dr. J.H. (Han) de Winde
Language: English

Date Tuesday 26 november
Time

18.00-20.30 hrs.

Location

 

Residence of the Dutch Consul General Remco van Wijngaarden in Shanghai

Costs No fee
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If you have questions, please contact us at cleveringa@LUF.leidenuniv.nl.

Human trafficking: Exploitation of Domestic Servants

SpeakerProf.mr. Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen
Language: English

Date Monday 25 November
Time From 8 p.m.
Location The Hollandse Club (22 Camden Park)
Cost No fee
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For more information please contact Reinier van Alphen (reinier.van.alphen@siemens.com) or Ton van den Bosch (t.vandenbosch@aglaw.com).

About the speaker

After finishing her law degree at Leiden University, Professor Dettmeijer started her career as a public prosecutor in Rotterdam and later became a judge at the district court of The Hague. Professor Dettmeijer is Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of Child Helpline International, member of the Advisory Board of the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI), member of the Netherlands Helsinki committee and member of the Expert Advisory Board of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. She has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Leiden University Fund (LUF) for many years. Last year, Professor Dettmeijer accepted the Cleveringa Chair at Leiden University. The focus of the Cleveringa Chair for this year are the Rule of Law, Freedom and Responsibility.

Speaker: Mr.dr. Bastiaan Rijpkema, Assistant Professor at Leiden University, Department of Jurisprudence
Language: English

Program
- Lecture by mr.dr. Bastiaan Rijpkema
- Discussion
- Drinks

Date Thursday 28 November
Time From 18.00 
Location Residentie van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, 6 Rue Erckmann-Chatrian, 67000 Straatsburg, Frankrijk
Costs Free entrance
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For more information please contact the commitee via roeland.bocker@minbuza.nl.

Human Rights today, 75 years after the Holocaust

Speaker: Sandy Hollis, an educator from the Sydney Jewish Museum together with a Holocaust survivor, Mimi Wise.
Language: English

Program:
Start 6 pm
The talk will be followed by light refreshments

Date Thursday 3 December
Time From 6 pm
Location Sydney Jewish Museum, 
148 Darlinghurst Rd ,Darlinghurst
Cost Free entrance
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For more information please contact Irene Grootendorst via irene.grootendorst@minbuza.nl

Speaker: Prof.dr. L.F.M. Verheij, Extraordinairy Kircheiner Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law
Language: English

Date Friday 22 November
Time From 18.00 
Location

Tbilisi State University, Building 1

Costs Free entrance
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For more information please contact the commitee via sopio.kotiashvili@minbuza.nl.

In the wake of Pompe van Meerdervoort: the modernization of Japanese medicine during the Bakumatsu period

Speaker: Prof.dr. H. Beukers
Language: English

Program:
18:30 Doors open
19:00 Speech of the ambassador
19:05-20:00 Lecture and Q&A
20:00-21:00 Drinks

 

Date Friday 29 November
Time From 6.30 p.m.
Location 3-6-3 Shibakoen Minato-ku. Tokio 105-0011
Cost No fee
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If you've any questions, please contact us via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl

Away with medicines!

Speaker: Prof.dr. Adam Cohen, professor of Clinical Pharmacology
Language: English


Program:
6.30 till 9 p.m. (drinks and lecture)

Date Monday 2 December
Time From 6.30 p.m.
Location 2804 27th St. NW, Washington DC 20008
Cost Free entrance
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For more information please contact Naboth van den Broek via naboth.vandenBroek@wilmerhale.com.

About the lecture

Leiden University established the Centre for Human Drug Research in 1987 (www.chdr.nl) and it has since been a growing force in international drug research. A title for a lecture from its founder that seems to do away with the business model of the organization seems unwise. However, we are in a period when public skepticism about medicines and their pricing levels is growing at about the same rate as the investments in biotech and the revenue and profit of Big Pharma. So, have we reached an inflexion point?

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