Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Guest Lectures

The Max Kade Institute  brings scholars and experts to the UW–Madison campus who share their knowledge with the university community and general audiences. All our lectures are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

For about a century, the German harmonica or mouth organ was one of the most popular musical instruments in the United States. About one billion harmonicas were imported from Germany between the 1870s and 1980s. Cheap and portable, it was the...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Stars have been part of Advent and Christmas celebrations from the earliest days of Christianity, but one star has become a ubiquitous decoration in Europe and America: the multi-point Moravian star.  Professor Petig’s presentation will trace the...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Historical letters are a valuable source of information on the American immigrant experience. However, letters written in German and other immigrant languages are only accessible to those readers who speak the languages today. This lecture...

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

This presentation covers the visit by a notorious, German...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

This lecture presents the results of recording sessions taken during a journey through South Africa, in February/March 2012 as part of the project „Spoken German in Southern Africa“. The project was conducted on behalf of the Leibniz-Institut für...

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

This talk uses primary source objects and documents to explore the history of Germans in New Orleans and ask questions about where this history is convergent with, and where it is divergent from the regular narrative of German-American history. ...

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

In 1746, Maria Barbara Kroll (born a German Lutheran) and Jean François Reynier (a Huguenot from Switzerland) were married in a Moravian wedding ceremony near Frankfurt and immediately sent to Suriname as missionaries.  Over the span of several...

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Thursday, October 8, 2015 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

This lecture is the keynote address to the international symposium "Outside the Kaiserreich: the German Diaspora in the World War I Era."

About five million Germans—some political refugees but mostly economic...

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Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:00pm

Most German immigrants settled in America’s northern states, and most of the German Americans who took part in the American Civil War fought on the side of the Union. Focusing on three cities—Richmond, Charleston, and New Orleans—this lecture...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 7:00pm

This lecture, to be held two days before the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, will juxtapose public activities in Berlin to commemorate JFK’s famous visit to that city in June 1963 with the upcoming celebration of the...

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