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.

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Benjamin Franklin had many interesting and consequential encounters with Germans both in North America and in Europe. In Pennsylvania, where Franklin lived for a large part of his life, he was surrounded by German immigrants. While visiting...

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Friday, September 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

One of the most fascinating phenomena in the animal kingdom is the migration of salmon. This photo presentation by Arthur Frederick Hasler tells the story of his father Arthur Davis Hasler (1908-2001), a former UW-Madison Limnology Professor, who...

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Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:00pm

This lecture is the keynote address at the opening of the exhibit “German Iowa and the Global Midwest." It is followed by a reception.  

Glenn Ehrstine is Associate Professor of German a the University of Iowa. His research focuses on...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:00pm

Join us for a fascinating presentation about nineteenth century panoramas, a medium usually associated with the staging of spectacular national historical narratives. Prof. Byrd investigates these massive displays as media production networks...

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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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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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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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