Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

Our Focus

Max Kade Center building (back view)Founded in 1968, the Max Kade Center, promotes the study of the language, history, and culture of German-speaking immigrants, and their contributions to American society. With its valuable collection of more than 20,000 books and manuscripts that focus on emigration and exile, the center enables students and scholars to conduct research. The center works closely with experts in diverse fields in the United States and abroad to create an ideal setting for the discussion and understanding of the German-American experience. Through lectures, colloquia, symposia, publications, and exchanges, the center achieves outreach to both the academic community and the general public.

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