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1815 Gothic Cathedral with Imperial Palace

London 1940

Volkertafel 1725

The Max Kade Center for European Studies has a rich tradition of offering undergraduates major and minor options in the study of European affairs. The European Studies major (EUS) was designed for students who want to broaden their awareness of Europe and to prepare for international careers or advanced study.  In 2006, on its 25th anniversary as an academic unit, the Center for European Studies was renamed the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies and was expanded to include a central focus on the role of Germany within its European and transatlantic contexts with the aid of a major grant from the Max Kade Foundation in New York.   

To view a video of the performance of Brecht Music and Culture
by Sabine Berendse and Paul Collins, please click on the image on the left.

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Maymester in the Alps 2015

photoThe Maymester was spectacular this year! We had a great set of meetings in DC, which was new for us, and our Swiss meetings and activities and discussions were incredible. You can take a look to see what we did, on the website: Stay tuned for next Maymester, since the Swiss Embassy has agreed to collaborate on the DADA and Byron/Shelley anniversaries (1816, 1916, 2016). A big year! --Robert Barsky, Director

View student Judith Cohen's YouTube video, filmed during the Maymester in the Alps 2015.

Maymester in Vienna 2015 


Arriving in Vienna with an amazing group of fifteen Vanderbilt students from across the campus on May 5th, the city welcomed us with a wide and sunny sky, a laid-back atmosphere, and its most beautiful architectural sites. After a city tour and first steps into Vienna's rich history -- we had great tours at the Roman Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Austrian Parliament, and Schönbrunn Palace -- we began to focus on the art scene as well as the history of architecture. The cultural underpinnings of two millennia helped us to understand the changes during the 19th century that lead to broader trends in the arts, in architecture, and politics now know as 'Modernism.' Highlights of our trip were a concert at the Musikverein with the Wiener Symphoniker featuring world-class cellist Sol Gabetta, and, of course, our three-day trip Budapest/Hungary. A cable car brought us up to one of the most beautiful panoramic views in photo the area: The Rax Alm offered us entry into untamed nature with its dramatic and picturesque mountains. Check the Vienna Instagram project: .
--Christoph Zeller, Director

Photos by: Jared Brover, Schoenbrunn Garden (top left)  and Charlotte Showalter, Austrian Chipotle (at right)

International Summer School July 2015 - Antwerpt, Belgium

LEF 2015 Upon entering Belgium, I had no idea what to expect. I had never been to a foreign country before, and I only speak one language. However, upon arrival I found that there were very few major differences. Yes, there were minor things: roads were not the typical perpendicular layout we have here, buildings were centuries older than ours, and we speak different languages, but fundamentally, we are very similar. I quickly bonded with many of the students, and though I was only there a week, I believe I made lifelong friends.  --Ethan Conner, student participant

LEF 2015 Attending summer school at the University of Antwerp was probably one of
the best decisions I have ever made.  Even though the program was only a week long, it was presented the opportunity to connect with students from all around the world -- South Africa, Armenia, Belgium, France, Turkey, Slovakia, Malaysia, and so many other countries -- and to learn and understand the world from a different perspective.  We focused on the concept of Fraternity, as the final chapter of the slogan from the French Revolution. Especially with the crisis in Greece and within the European Union and with immigration policy and with the social welfare system, we explored how fraternity intersects with all aspects of life in both Europe and around the world.        --Robyn Du, student participant - Photos by Robyn Du

photo The Max Kade Center is an institutional member of the
Council for European Studies.

Read the Fall 2015 Newsletter. Previous newsletters are also available here.

Up-Coming Events 
(click here for Spring 2016 Events Poster) 

    Wednesday 3 February, 4:10 p.m.

Location: 222 Buttrick Hall
“From Vogelflöte to wichity wichity wichity: Standardizing the Sounds of Nature in the First Decades of the Twentieth Century”
Alexandra Hui
Mississippi State University
Cosponsored by the History of Science fund from the History Department

Thursday 4 February, 7:00 p.m.
Location: McTyeire International House
McTyeire Fireside Chat:
"How to Talk about You!
A discussion about effective Cross-Cultural Communication"
Chalene Helmuth and Anja Bandas

Friday 12 February, 4:10 p.m.

Location : 123 Buttrick Hall
"Cultural Exchange:
Who? Why? How?"
Christoph Bartmann
Goethe-Institut New York
Cosponsored by Department
of Germanic & Slavic Languages

Friday 26 February, 4:10 p.m.
Location: 222 Buttrick Hall
"Show Time. Museums, Memory and the Poetics of History in Contemporary German"
Kerstin Barndt
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Cosponsored by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages

Wednesday 16 March 4:10 p.m.
Location: 123 Buttrick Hall
"In Sickness and in Health:
Germany after Nazism"
Monica Black
University of Tennessee

Thursday 17 March 4:10 p.m.
Location: 204 Cohen
"Gertrude Stein's Portrait of Cézanne"
Ulla Haselstein
Freie Universität

Monday 28 March 4:10 p.m.
Location: 123 Buttrick Hall
"Charlie Hebdo and Radicalization of Freedom of Expression in Europe Today"
Gerrit Dielissen
University of Utrecht

Friday 8 April 4:30 p.m.
Location: 123 Buttrick Hall
"Music in Flight: Exiles, Refugees, Fugitives, and the Politics of Music in Latin America, 1933-1960"
Andrea Orzoff
New Mexico State University
(Part of the History Department's Mini Workshop on Cultural Brokers)

Tuesday 12 April 6:00 p.m.
Location: 123 Buttrick Hall
Martha Feldman
University of Chicago
In conversation with Katherine Crawford: "Castrati"
Co-sponsored by the Program in
Women's and Gender Studies

Friday 15 April 4:10 p.m.
Location: 222 Buttrick Hall
"Art of Suppression: Confronting the
Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual
and Performing Arts"
Pamela Potter
University of Wisconsin