Quincy Club

The Quincy Club is the educational branch of the John Adams Institute. Its events strive to enlighten Dutch high school students about American affairs in a non-partisan and informative fashion. Started in 2002, the Quincy Club is part of our ongoing effort to help young audiences better understand American culture. The club’s activities take students into an interactive new learning environment through American history, literature and art.

This year’s lecture was about the US presidential elections.

Albertine Bloemendal, assistant professor of North American & Transatlantic Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, discussed the American political system in general, such as the separation of powers and the system of checks and balances, and explain how the presidential elections themselves work, like the electoral college and the role of swing states and safe states.

Who are the candidates, how do they campaign and how do they relate to their political party? What are the topics that are central to these elections?

For more information and to get involved, please contact us at quincyclub@john-adams.nl.


Past Topics







2020: The US 2020 Elections (watch the video)

2019: California and Silicon Valley (watch the video)

2018: U.S. Midterm Elections

2017: Marshall Plan

2016: US Presidential Election

2015: Abolition of Slavery

2013: Dutch-American relations over the past 400 years

2012: US Presidential Election

2011: Immigration

2010: History of American Integration and Immigration

2009: Henry Hudson and the establishment of the new Netherlands

2008: US Presidential Election and the functioning of the American system

2007: History of American Integration and Immigration

2006: America as a land of immigrants

2005: America as a land of immigrants

2004: US Presidential Election – Kerry vs. Bush

2003: National Poetry Day Amsterdam

2002: Martin Luther King and the American Civil Rights Movement


The Quincy Club program is supported financially by the American Embassy.