In 2005, Johannes Van Tilburg and his wife, Jo Anne, gave the Dutch Studies Program at UCLA a remarkably generous gift to establish in perpetuity the Johannes Van Tilburg Lecture in Dutch Studies.

Mr. Van Tilburg came to the USA from The Netherlands in 1965. In 1971, he became the founding principal of Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh, AIA and has led this 100 person firm to the forefront of planning and design. His work as a designer is widely recognized throughout the state and indeed the entire country. In 1992, he was honored by his peers and elevated to the level of Fellow of the American Institution of Architects. In 2007, Johannes Van Tilburg was honored by the Netherlands America Foundation of Southern California. Mr. Van Tilburg is deeply committed to education and continues to work as an adjunct Professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at USC. In 2010, Mr. Van Tilburg was appointed Honorary Consul of The Netherlands in Los Angeles.

2017 Van Tilburg Lecture
Joris Van Eijnatten, Utrecht University
“Mining an uncharted continent: Popular conceptions of Europe in twentieth-century Dutch newspapers”
to be presented on February 16, 2017
*co-sponsored by the Center for European and Russian Studies

2016 Van Tilburg Lecture
Beatriz de Graaf, Utrecht University
“Terrorism – an Elusive Identifier”
presented on February 18, 2016

2015 Van Tilburg Lecture
Sven Dupré, Freie Univeritat Berlin and Max Plank Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
“The Making of a Global Knowledge Society in the Low Countries”
presented on February 26, 2015

2014 Van Tilburg Lecture
Maarten Prak, University of Utrecht gave the annual lecture on the “polder model” and its role in Dutch History.
presented on, Thursday, February 20, 2014

2013 Van Tilburg Lecture
Els Stronks, Utrecht University
“International Bestsellers in the Dutch Golden Age”
presented on, Thursday, February 21, 2013

2012 Van Tilburg Lecture
Oscar Gelderblom, Utrecht University
“The Tortured Emergence of the First Modern Corporation: The Early Years of the Dutch East India Company”
presented on, Thursday, February 23, 2012

2011 Van Tilburg Lecture
Margaret C. Jacob, Distinguished Professor of History, UCLA
“Civil Society and the Dutch State: The Role of Freemasonry, 1735-1940”
presented on Thursday, February 17, 2011

2010 Van Tilburg Lecture
Ester Jansma, Chair in Dendrochronology, Utrecht University
“Reading Trees: Stories of Wood”
presented on Thursday, February 25, 2010

2009 Van Tilburg Lecture
Ido De Haan, Professor of Political History, Utrecht University
“Dutch Jewry in 1945”
presented on Thursday, February 19, 2009

2008 Van Tilburg Lecture
Paul Schnabel, Utrecht University
“Immigration and the question of Dutch identity”
presented on Thursday, February 21, 2008

2007 Van Tilburg Lecture
Gary Schwartz, Art Historian
“Rembrandt’s Last Painting”
presented on Thursday, February 22, 2007

2006 Van Tilburg Lecture
Wiljan Van Den Akker, Professor of Dutch Literature, Utrecht University
“Rise or Decline of Modern Dutch Literature: An Optimistic Perspective on Cultural Pessimism”
presented on Thursday, February 23, 2006