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The Night of History in the Aa Church

20:00 - 23:45

Der Aa Church
Akerkhof 2
9711 JB Groningen


Diskursi presents an evening of lectures

Once again a Night of History in Groningen: members of the student society Diskursi present the Night of History on Thursday, 28 May with lectures by prominent speakers on a variety of topics.

One of the speakers is journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius, well known for his documentary series De Bergen achter Sotsji (the mountains behind Sotsji) and the books Rusland voor gevorderden (Russia for advanced travellers), Kleine landjes (small countries) and Universele reisgids voor moeilijke landen (universal travel guide to complicated countries).  In the Aa Church Professor Emeritus Frank Ankersmit will give a talk about political systems from a historical perspective. Stefan van der Poel talks about the history of the Jews in Groningen. City Council member Mattias Gijsbertsen will give a lecture on politics.

Lectures on the vaults

Lectures will be delivered and items from the archives will be on display in the Aa Church. Several historical societies  as well as students who have recently completed their theses will present their research. Tonight the Aa Church should prove to be a very unique location, because some of these lectures will be held on the ceiling vaults in the church and in the tower!


Diskursi was established as an intellectual student society affiliated with A.S.V. Dizkartes. Its goal is to facilitate discussions between students of various disciplines. It was modelled after the 18th century Felix Meritis Society in Amsterdam, which stood for the values of the Enlightenment. The members of Diskursi are students at the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

Once a month Diskursi’s praesidium organise brief lectures, discussions or social functions for its members at Dizkartes. Starting 2015 Diskursi will present an annual symposium on a field of science to be called ‘The Night of … ‘ in the Aa Church. This first year it is the Night of History.


€ 10,00/€ 7,50 for students

€ 5,00 for friends and members of Diskursi

Tickets are available at the Godert Walter bookstore.

The evening kicks off at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7.30 p.m.

For more information please see website Diskursi.


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