Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Latest MKI Newsletter is Here!

The Winter 2016-2917 issue of the Friends of the Max Kade Newsletter is here! Read about:

-- "A Trip to the Haslibacher Farm" in Switzerland's Emmental Valley
-- The Friends of the Max Kade Institute's upcoming Annual Meeting on May 7 in Milwaukee
-- "Handwritten Letters and Family Histories"
-- The upcoming MKI International Symposium "People of Faith, Voices of Tradition: Germanic Heritage Languages among Christians and Jews."
-- "Ersatz Kaffee Ads from the World War I Period"

MKI Symposium, March 30 - April 1

"People of Faith, Voices of Tradition: German Heritage Languages Among Christians and Jews"


Join us for exciting lectures and evening programs

This symposium will bring together an international group of researchers  with Amish, Mennonite, Hutterite, and Haredi community members to explore sociolinguistic aspects of the social-spiritual identities of these faith groups.

  • On Thursday evening, March 30, the symposium will open with a panel discussion of community members moderated by MKI Director Mark Louden, followed by a reception. (University Club)
  • Friday morning and afternoon and Saturday morning will feature 45-minute presentations by the invited speakers. (Pyle Center)
  • On Friday evening, we will have a reading of literary works in the four languages that evoke the themes of the symposium. English translations will be projected onto a screen for the benefit of the attendees. (Pyle Center)

For a detailed program, abstracts, cosponsors, and additional information click here.

The MKI Friends Fall 2016 Newsletter is here!

The new issue of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute NEWSLETTER has arrived! Read about…

* From ‘Evangelische Dreieinigkeitskirche’ to King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church – The History of a Milwaukee Place of Worship
* Calendar of Events
* Second Annual MKI Oktober Fest
* The Bennett Law, the ‘Germania,’ and the Körner Pamphlet
* Charlotte Bleistein: A Century of Activism in a Family of Activists

If you are not already a member, join the Friends of the Max Kade Institute and receive your Newsletter in the mail!

Mark Louden wins prestigious Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize

We are delighted to announce that MKI Director Mark Louden has been awarded this year’s prestigious Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for his work on German-American languages. The award comes with €10,000  and a one month research stay in Germany.  

The 2016 Grimm Sponsorship Award for Young Scholars was given to Tanja Škerlavaj, a German-language scholar at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

With its Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prizes, the DAAD singles out scholars and researchers from abroad who, in addition to their professional accomplishments, are particularly committed to fostering international collaboration in the fields of German Studies and German as a Foreign Language.

Congratulations, Mark and Tanja!

Click here for more information on the award and Mark's work. (in German)

A Celebration of New Books by UW-German Faculty

Join us for a celebration of new books by UW-German Department faculty members Mark L. Louden, Pamela M. Potter, Sonja Klocke, Hannah Vandegraft Eldrige, and B. Venkat Mani. Among the featured publications is  MKI Director Mark Louden's "Pennsylvania Dutch - The Story of an American Language."
Friday, October 7, 2016, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Steenbock’s on Orchard, Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery, UW– Madison

German Spoken in Wisconsin

UW-Madison graduate students in Germanic linguistics continue to interview and record German heritage speakers in Wisconsin.  These Wisconsinites speak the language of their ancestors at least one generation removed from immigration.  Check out the project's new Wisconsin German Facebook Page, find more information on a new Wisconsin German Wikipedia Page, and listen to recordings from the MKI sound archive (with translations) on the German-American and American English Dialects Page.

WORKSHOP: "Deciphering Old German Script," Registration = CLOSED

Are you a genealogist researching your German-speaking ancestors? A historian trying to decipher old German handwritten documents? In this workshop, sponsered by the Friends of the Max Kade Institute, Mark Louden will introduce participants to the basics of reading German handwritten materials, with a special focus on those from the 19th century.   For more details and registration information click HERE.

Friends of MKI Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 7, in Racine

Join the Friends of the Max Kade Institute on Saturday, May 7, for an exciting day tracing the steps of one of South-East Wisconsin’s most illustrious German-speaking immigrants: Ernst Klinkert. We will take a guided tour of the “Klinkert Roadhouse,” one of Klinkert’s impressive German-style tavern buildings, and the “Klinkert Barn,” a magnificent Kentucky blue-grass-style stable for his prized race horses.  Afterwards, we will hold our annual meeting and dinner at the Reefpoint Brew House, followed by a presentation by Art & Architectural Historian Pippin Michelli on “Ernst Klinkert and His World: A German Immigrant Builder and Brewer in Racine, Wisconsin.

Pre-registration required! 
Click HERE for details, directions, and registration information.

MKI Friends NEWSLETTER: the new issue is here!

Join the Friends and receive this exciting new issue of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute Newsletter in the mail! Read about:
-- Mark Louden's new book Pennsylvania Dutch - The Story of an American Language
-- Student Yearbooks from Milwaukee's National German Teachers' Seminary
-- The History of the Madison Männerchor.
-- Book Review: Constructing a German Diaspora
-- Friends of MKI's Annual Meeting, May 7, 2016
-- the Deutscher Männerverein of Racine, Wisconsin

NEW: Virtual Exhibit - "In Their Own Words: German Americans in the World War I Era"

Eight interpretative posters that accompany an MKI exhibit of German-language documents published in the United States during the World War I Era are now ONLINE!
Drawn from the resources of the Max Kade Institute Library & Archives, the exhibit offers a glimpse into German-Americans' view of the world, as well as their position in American society. It was created in conjunction with the international conference "Outside the Kaisserreich: The German Diaspora in the World War I Era," held at the Max Kade Institute in October 2015. The entire exhibit can still be viewed at the Max Kade Institute.

See the online exhibit here!


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