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Alkmaar; a Museum and a Lecture on Rederijkers

On April 13, 2011 I took a train to Alkmaar. I had bought a disposable camera to bridge the time between the death of our old point-and-shoot and a new one and brought it with me.
In Alkmaar I visited the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, where I learned about local history and polders. A very nice example of a civic museum with a wide range of well designed presentations, a nice shop and a nice café. But the portrait at the foot of a staircase in the middle of a room loudly greeting every visitor passing by? Nice, but not so much after hearing it dozens of times whilst trying to concentrate on the rest of what the museum has to offer.

It had been a while since I had last visited Alkmaar, and I had some time to kill, so my disposable camera and I walked around town for a bit.

I spent the evening at the Open University Study Center of Alkmaar to attend a lecture by Marjolein van Herten on Rederijkerskamers (chambers of rhetoric; dramatic societies). I seem to have displaced my notes, but I remember that I had already learned most of what she spoke of in Introduction to Cultural Studies. I was a little disappointed about that; I was just starting my studies and already I could understand a lecture meant for students of all levels, and knew most of the information that was provided. I enjoyed myself, but it didn't seem like a good use of time, listening to stuff I already knew. I wanted to be intellectually challenged, learn new stuff! Jeroen Vanheste's lecture on Thomas Mann's Europe the next month set me straight though; I was barely able to understand it due to all the new (to me) information and the high pace ;-) My mentor Arjan told me I would learn to listen to lectures in different ways. And he was right. I now try to focus on the information that ís new to me, and treasure the new insights and new connections to other information they provide. I listen in a more active way, thinking about what is said. I also pay more attention to the way a lecture is presented. But I still prefer lectures that provide a challenge because of their pace, intellectual level and wit and/or the amount of new information they provide me with. It was fun to meet some new people at the study center, and to chat with Marjolein during the first part of my homeward journey.

Geplaatst op 22-01-2014.
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