July 10, 2009, will be John Calvin's 500th birthday. (As it so happens, on that same day I'll turn 31.) Conferences are being planned in honor of the former--though none so far in honor of the latter.
Check out the Calvin500.org webpage. Here's the summary:
The Calvin Quincentenary is an international, interdenominational, and interdisciplinary commemoration of the life and work of John Calvin (b. 1509), which left such an indelible impression on the modern world. Climaxing with conferences in multiple locations in 2009, this celebration combines history, spirituality, and culture to recall appropriately the life and work of the Genevan Reformer.
Esteemed leaders, scholars, and ministers will serve as your guides to learning about this influential man, his vibrant city, and the cultural, religious, political, and economic impact flowing from a movement. This multi-faceted approach seeks to introduce many people to one of the most important thinkers in history.
If you have been looking for a great opportunity to tour Reformation highlights while also learning from some masters, this is the best shot for hundreds of years for hundreds of people to come together. However, this is more than a first-class tour!
Conferences, books, tours, etc. are all being planned. Check out the Calvin500.org page for details as they emerge.