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The Max Kade German-American Center is proud to announce its participation in the Deutschlandjahr USA 2018-2019 Campaign!  Visit our Events page for a comprehensive list of events!

"From October 2018 until the end of 2019, Germany and its deep ties to the U.S. will be on display all across the United States. The campaign “Deutschlandjahr USA” will travel across the entire U.S., bringing with it a collection of events and exhibits revolving around business and industry, politics, education, culture, and science, to highlight the unique importance of transatlantic relations.

Deutschlandjahr is a comprehensive and collaborative campaign of the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institute, and with support ‎of the BDI, with the goal of presenting today’s Germany to people across the entire U.S.

Deutschlandjahr will showcase how closely the two countries are linked by heritage, common values, and shared interests, illustrating how a brighter future is possible if we tackle global challenges together through focusing on dialogue, exchange, and cooperation between people.

The campaign aims to convey a multifaceted, modern image of Germany in the U.S. All areas relevant to society – from business and industry, politics, education, culture, science, civil society, to sports – will be explored. Significant visibility will be achieved by consolidating activities and stakeholders, as well as through public, high-profile formats and targeted media efforts.

Germany and the U.S. are connected through a centuries-long common history. German immigrants have helped shape the development of the United States, while the successful development of post-war Germany is inextricably linked to US engagement. The Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19 campaign builds on this success story and aims to intensify the transatlantic dialogue."

(From The Goethe Institut  

Our Mission

The mission of the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Research and Resource Center is to support German-American Studies through scholarly research, teaching, and service. Through the study of the German diaspora in the United States and its effects on American culture and society, the influence and importance of the German element is evident.


The Max Kade German-American Center provides the Indianapolis community, the State of Indiana, and more broadly, the eastern Midwest with a center for conducting research on German American history, language, and culture. A particular focus is the study of German-American dialects and German history in the United States. As part of its research mission, a new project for creating a digital archive of German-American dialects in Indiana is in progress.

The Max Kade Center collaborates with the IUPUI University Library to develop and provide access to the university’s considerable collection of German-Americana texts and research materials. The Max Kade Center also partners with the Indiana State Library, Indiana Historical Society, Athenaeum Foundation, and the Society for German American Studies.


Situated within the Department of World Cultures and Languages in the IU School of Liberal Arts, the Max Kade Center maintains two locations: an office on the IUPUI campus in Cavanaugh Hall 329, and an office in the Deutsches Haus – Athenaeum at 401 E. Michigan St. in the old “German Town” of downtown Indianapolis (pictured above).

Max Kade (1882 – 1967)

Born in Steinbach, Germany (near Schwäbisch Hall) in 1882, Max Kade immigrated to New York in 1905 and founded a pharmaceutical company through which he built his fortune. In 1944, Max Kade and his wife set up the Max Kade Foundation to promote and encourage German Studies and exchange between the German-speaking countries and the United States.

Karen Roesch, Director
Cavanaugh Hall 329
425 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
mko: 317-274-2330