Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

All Events


Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
2:00pm to 8:30pm

This year’s Friends of the Max Kade Institute Annual Meeting will take us to Milwaukee, where we will learn about the magnificent German art treasures that have been collected in the city for well over 150 years. We will begin with a private,...

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Thursday, April 13, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:00pm to Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 2:00pm

Of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken around the world today, more than half are likely to no longer be spoken actively by the turn of the next century. In almost every case, these languages are spoken by groups of people,...

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:30am

In the second half of the nineteenth century, immigrants from German-speaking Europe came to America in large numbers, including from the Prussian/ German province of Pomerania. Many Pomeranians settled in the Midwestern...

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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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Monday, December 19, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Free and open to the public, but registration required. Call (773) 774-4804 to register before December 12.

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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Sunday, November 13, 2016 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

The event is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with support of German government grant.

• Mark Louden (UW-Madison): “The Pennsylvania Dutch and German America”
• H. Glenn Penny (University of Iowa...

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Saturday, November 12, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm