The Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies Reopens at USC
Enlarge image The founder of the Max Kade Institute, Cornelius Schnauber, USC Emeritus Associate Professor of German, middle, with current director Professor Paul Lerner, left, and Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer. (© Germany.info/Los Angeles) The Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies at the University of California (USC) in Los Angeles celebrated its official reopening after extensive building renovations with an open house on Friday, April 12.
Now under the direction of Paul Lerner, USC Associate Professor of History, the Max Kade Institute was initially founded in 1973 by Cornelius Schnauber, USC Emeritus Associate Professor of German, whose aim was to bring together authors and composers of German-speaking countries with émigrés as well as to initiate a German-Jewish dialogue with the second generation. He served as director until fall of 2011, when Paul Lerner took over.
Enlarge image Stefan Kloo of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles mans information booth. (© Germany.info/Los Angeles) Professor Lerner welcomed more than 50 attendees, including students, representatives from organizations on and off campus involved in German studies and programs like the Shoah Foundation, the USC German Club, the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, Villa Aurora, Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee, the German American Cultural Society (which is looking into future cooperation with the Max Kade Institute), the Wende Museum, the German American Business Association (GABA) and the German Academic Exchange Service, many of whom also manned information booths at the event.
Enlarge image Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer and Austrian Deputy Consul General Andreas Lins, far right, at the open house. (© Germany.info/Los Angeles) In his remarks, Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer stressed the vital need of an institution like the Max Kade Institute: “It is so important because it is able to teach not only the German language but also German culture.” He also said that sometimes through film or music or other cultural mediums the Institute supports, it is easier to make an impact on young people than with traditional teaching methods.
Musical entertainment at reopening ceremony.
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Dr. Britta Bothe, USC Associate Professor of German, had good news to share. Though the German major program had been eliminated in 2008, the German studies program was rising from the ashes. She announced that a new German studies minor program would soon be launched with a new curriculum, and that they also offered an internship program for German minor students in cooperation with the Goethe International Charter School.
Enlarge image The Currywurst Truck is a bit hit. (© Germany.info/Los Angeles) Guests were treated to a program that also included musical entertainment by Sevana Salmasi (soprano) and Jessica Hall (piano) performing works by Emmerich Kalman and Robert Stolz, and James McFadden-Talbot on violin performing Bach. And, last but not least, they enjoyed German gourmet sausages from The Currywurst Truck.
The Max Kade Institute is the home of USC's German and European Studies Program. Its areas of emphases include: Exile Studies; Cold War Studies; German History, Film and Aesthetics; Contemporary German and European Affairs, and the Built Environment: Ecology and Technology.
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