Kasteel Well Staff Profiles

Dulcia Meijers

Meijers has been the director/executive director of Emerson College's European Center at Kasteel Well, The Netherlands, since 1992. Ms. Meijers graduated from the University of Nijmegen with an MA in art history and classical archeology and a PhD in the architectural history of Italian/Venetian palaces from the late Renaissance and Baroque period. In addition to many scholarly articles, Ms. Meijers is co-author (with B. Aikema) of the book Nel Regno dei Poveri. Arte e storia dei Grandi Ospedali veneziani in eta moderna, 14741797 (1989) and author of De gouden schemer van Venetie. Een portret van de Venetiaanse adel in de achttiende eeuw (1991).

She has consulted with the city architects of Venice, Italy, on restoration projects, conducting archival research and art historical analysis of historically important buildings. In 1988, Ms. Meijers curated a retrospective exhibition of the artist Peter Goldschmidt (1923–1987) at the Museum of Rijswijk. In 1991, she curated for the Historical Museum of Amsterdam the loan exhibition De Gouden Schemer van Venetie. Een portret van de Venetiaanse adel in de Achttiende eeuw.

She is a member of the Board of Editors of the scholarly periodical Het Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek and secretary and treasurer of the foundation "Collection Mos" for the stimulation and development of the study and research of Italian Art in European context. Since 1986, Ms. Meijers has taught many courses at Kasteel Well in the areas of European studies and civilization, European cultural history, and European art history.

Contact Dulcia_Meijers@emerson.edu

Chester Lee

Lee is the assistant director of Emerson College's European Center at Kasteel Well, The Netherlands. He graduated with his BA (Hons.) in world history from Chinese University of Hong Kong and has since studied, lived, and traveled in different continents. He holds an MA and PhD in media studies and cross-cultural communications from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. His academic interest lies in the area of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and the implementation and promotion of multicultural tolerance in a global perspective.

Contact Chester_Lee@emerson.edu

Rob Dückers

Duckers is the assistant director for administration and management of Emerson College's European Center at Kasteel Well, The Netherlands. He holds an MA (Hons.) in art history from the Radboud University, Nijmegen and studied codicology at the University of Leiden. His specialist fields are manuscript illumination and medieval church-treasures. He regularly publishes and lectures on these subjects.

Prior to coming to Kasteel Well, he taught and did research at the Radboud University, Nijmegen for more than three years and was invited by Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, to curate two internationally acclaimed exhibitions on such treasures as manuscripts illuminated by the Limbourg Brothers and the Hours of Catherine of Cleves. These exhibitions featured loans from museums and collections all over the world, such as the Royal Library of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II (Windsor); the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Morgan Library and Museum, New York; the Museé du Louvre, Paris; the Vatican Library, Rome; and the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Apart from his duties at Kasteel Well, Rob is writing his doctoral dissertation on manuscripts from the so-called Upper-Quarter of the Duchy of Guelders (a region now in The Netherlands). In addition, he is also curator of the Treasury of the Basilica of Saint Servatius in Maastricht, which has the finest collection of medieval and postmedieval ecclesiastical art in situ in The Netherlands.

Contact Rob_Duckers@emerson.edu

Robbert van Helsdingen

Van Helsdingen is the students affairs coordinator of Emerson College's European Center at Kasteel Well. He graduated from the Fontys Sporthogeschool in Tilburg and has worked as a PE teacher at several secondary schools in The Netherlands. He studied cultural studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen, where he specialized in film and literature. In 2008, he received his degree (MA) as the result of his study of the 16th-century pamphlets written by Robert Greene (1560–1592).

Contact R_Van_Helsdingen@emerson.edu


KW Rob Duckers teaching

Kasteel Well professor engages students in a lecture inside a cathedral in Ghent

KW Summer Teaching

Students will study renaissance art in class and then view many of the works in person