Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

All Events


Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:00pm

This paper investigates how the development of panoramas, a medium usually associated with staging spectacular national historical narratives, should be reframed in terms of media production networks involving immigration, capital, and material...

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Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm
One of America’s most familiar yet widely misunderstood religious groups are the Old Order Amish. This presentation will address central aspects of Amish life and the Christian faith that anchors it, with a special emphasis on Amish communities...
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Thursday, April 5, 2018 (All day)

Time of day TBD. This lecture is the keynote address at the opening of the exhibit “German Iowa and the Global Midwest." It is followed by a reception.  For more detailed information, including time of day, please consult

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Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 4:00pm to Friday, April 27, 2018 - 4:00pm

This exhibit, created by the University of Iowa, visualizes the story of German immigration to Iowa in the context of global migration to the American Midwest, and examines pro- and anti-immigration sentiment, the value and challenges of...

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:00pm

When the superintendent of the census called German immigrants “the great suiciding people among us” in 1899, he simply confirmed the common wisdom of his time. Official statistics, proliferating social scientific studies, German-American...

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Saturday, December 9, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

This presentation provides an overview of German-language resources for genealogists and suggestions on where to find them. Learn how to interpret historic documents and receive tips on how to decipher Old German script and print.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

When immigrants from German-speaking Europe came to Wisconsin in the nineteenth century, they brought with them their culture and traditions, especially culinary ways and recipes.  Before long, cookbooks were printed in this country for the...

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Friday, November 10, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
German dialect mapping began with Georg Wenker (1852–1911). Working as a librarian at the University of Marburg between 1879 and 1888, Wenker sent written questionnaires to all schoolmasters in the German Empire, using 40 sentences that were...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

As far back as the colonial era, humor centered on regional and ethnic diversity in America has drawn on stereotypes about language differences. In the presentation we will explore some of the ways that so-called...

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:15pm
Friday, October 13, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Craft beer provided by Bull Falls Brewery in Wausau. German-style buffet provided by Clasen's European Bakery (Middleton), the Freiburg Gastropub (Madison), and the University Club Restaurant. Enjoy accordion music with Bill Niederberger, German...

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm