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European Studies

London, 1940 1815 Gothic Cathedral with Imperial Palace 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.

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

photoUpon 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

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

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 Fall 2015 Events - September

Wednesday, 9 September, 6:00 p.m. Location: Buttrick 123
"Nineteenth-century Neuroaesthetics: Georg Buchner, Richard Wagner, Johannes Muller, Hermann von Helmholtz"
Matthew W. Smith, Stanford University

Wednesday 23 September, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Sarratt Cinema
International Lens Film: Guten Tag, Ramon, co-sponsored with the Center for Latin American Studies

Monday 28 September, 7:0 0 p.m.
Location: Kissam Multipurpose Room C210
"Brecht, Music and Culture
A Theatrical Reconstruction of Conversations between the Austrian Composer Hanns Eisler and the Brecht Scholar Hans Bunge"
Translated and Performed by
Sabine Berendse and Paul Clements