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.
Maymester in the Alps 2015
The 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: https://my.vanderbilt.edu/robertbarsky/mamester-in-the-alps. 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 and Prague 2017
Probably no other European capital preserved its former glory with equal attention to detail while transforming the past into a versatile, modern present. Once the center of a huge and multi-ethnic Empire, Vienna still plays a major role in world politics with its multiple United Nations offices and cultural institutions. A link in between West and East, North and South, Vienna has been a market place of diverse cultural ideas and political concepts for centuries. Once a part of the Hapsburg Empire, Prague kept close ties with Vienna over the centuries and shares its vibrant multi-ethnic and cultural history. Students will explore the cultural diversity of Vienna and Prague in their European context, their history, art, music, Jewish life, politics, museums, and monuments. Trips to historic sites along the Danube river such as the Melk monastary, to the nearby Alps, and evening outings to world-class concerts and plays will complete this Maymester in the heart of Europe. Check the Vienna Instagram project from last year's trip: https://instagram.com/vandyvienna_2015 .
--Christoph Zeller, Director
Photo by : Jared Brover, Schoenbrunn Garden (top left)
International Summer School July 2015 - Antwerpt, Belgium
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
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