The Anton Van Dyck chair for the history and the culture of the Low Countries has been created by an agreement between the regents of the University of California at Los Angeles and the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) on November 30 of 2006. The chair holder spents one quarter a year at UCLA and teaches both undergraduates and graduate students. The first holder of his honor in spring 2008 was Walter Prevenier who as his pictures below suggest thoroughly enjoyed his stay.

He taught two classes at UCLA, one undergraduate seminar on ‘Golden Ages in the Low Countries (15th and 17th c.)’ (class History 191C) and one graduate seminar on ‘The Social Position of Women in Medieval Low Countries’ (class History 201C). In the first class he explained how the geography of the Low Countries has been the key for the emergence of one of the first modern economies, and the ultimate cause of the cultural success story of the two Golden Ages.

List of Van Dyck Visitors to UCLA:

Academic Year Division Faculty Name Department
2018-19 Social Sciences Jan Van Bavel Sociology
2017-18 Humanities Stef Craps English
2016-17 Social Sciences Anne Winter History
2015-16 Humanities Luc Herman Comparative Literature
2014-15 Social Sciences Bruno Blonde History
2013-14 Humanities Mark Delaere Musicology
2012-13 Humanities Dirk Geeraerts Germanic Languages