4th of July - American Debate

In the light of the current United States presidential elections, the Van Abbemuseum is turning its attention to that nation’s creative heartland. The interdisciplinary Heartland project, a collaboration with Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, opens on 3 October and continues until 25 January.

Friday 4 July

Heartland - American Debate
As part of the run-up to the opening of Heartland, the Van Abbemuseum is organizing an American debate on the evening of America’s Independence Day: the fourth of July. Two USA experts, Maarten van Rossem and Willem Post, will cross verbal swords on the present and future of American culture, economy and politics, under the guidance (and involvement) of a moderator. The audience is naturally invited to actively participate in the debate and to challenge the views of the appointed speakers. The principal language will be Dutch but English language contributions are also welcome.

As fuel for the event’s mental exertions, you are invited to partake in American-style finger food along with music provided by the Blue Grass Boogiemen “High energy bluegrass at it’s finest.”

19:00 Reception in Museum Café
Enter across via the pink bridge ‘Echt iets voor u’.
19:30 Introduction by Charles Esche (Director) and Kerstin Niemann (Research Curator).
Presentation of speakers and moderator.
20:00 Debate
21:30 Conclusion
Music and socializing

Admission to the debate costs € 18.50 (€ 15 for students and CJP holders), including two drinks and American-style finger food during the evening.

To order tickets for the American Debate, please complete and submit the registration form. You will receive an email with payment instructions; the amount must reach us within 4 working days. Reservations are possible until 27 June 2008. Please complete the form separately for each person.

Tickets are refundable up to 10 days before the event; a fee of EUR 5 per return order will be charged. Tickets may be purchased on the evening itself as long as places are still available

4th of July is part of :

Made possible in part by

  • SNS REAAL Fonds