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Fall 2019: Canals and The Atlantic

Fall 2019

Canals and The Atlantic
Professor Emeritus

James Bratt

Calvin College

James Bratt is looking forward to taking part in the Semester at Sea in Fall 2019 after the great experience he had on the Fall 2017 voyage. He’ll be teaching Religious Studies courses again but on a mostly new itinerary with fresh sites and readings—lots of new learning both in advance and on the ship! Professor Bratt graduated from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) in 1971 with a B.A. in History and went on to earn his PhD in American Religious History at Yale University (1978). He taught in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh for nine years and there first heard about the Semester at Sea, which was affiliated with Pitt at the time. He returned to Calvin in 1987 where he taught for nearly thirty years. Professor Bratt has considerable international experience besides SAS Fall 17. He had a great experience directing Calvin College’s Semester in Britain program in 2006. He won two Fulbright grants for research in the Netherlands and a third to teach at Xiamen University in China (2016-17). He has taught a wide range of courses in American religious and cultural history and the history of Christianity, along with the West in the world, 1450 to the present. Professor Bratt has published extensively in the history of Dutch-American relations and on topics in early American history, particularly the connections between religion, politics, and cultural change. This July will see the publication of a book he completed about the religion of Franklin D. Roosevelt on behalf of the late John Woolverton. Professor Bratt and his wife Tina Bruinsma Bratt have four adult children who are spread across North America from Philadelphia to Dallas to Berkeley to Vancouver. Their own deepest affection is for their native soil of West Michigan and the beautiful beaches of its Big Lake. If you don’t know what that is, you’ll have to visit them there and find out.