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Deutschlandjahr Events:

October 6th & 7th, 2018
The Year of German-American Friendship Kick-Off 
Indianapolis will host community events on October 6th and 7th, 2018 in downtown Indy to celebrate the start of Deutschlandjahr.  There will be a car show, parade, Wiesn in a Box, and events at the Indianapolis Athenaeum/Das Deutsche Haus that will include a light show, gala, and post-parade celebration.  All events are free and open to the public!  A detailed schedule of events may be found here.

October 24th, 2018
"German Heritage in Indiana Revisited", presented by Dr. Wolfgang Grams, University of Oldenburg, Germany
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Lecture and Reception
The Athenaeum (Das Deutsche Haus) Damenverein Room
401 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

  • This event will highlight the cultural connections between Germans and Indiana and their lasting impact.

Registration is encouraged. To register, please go here.

November 5th, 2018
"A Stronger Body for a Healthier Mind: German Lebensreform, Midwestern Vegetarians, and the Politics of Resistance" Panel Discussion
Monday, November 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
IUPUI Campus Center, Room 305

Vegetarianism, nudism, alternative medicine, ecology, and organic farming: In the late 19th- and early 20th-century, diverse groups promoting “back-to-nature” lifestyles captured the popular imagination throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Emphasizing a holistic approach to both physical and mental health, this so-called Lebensreform (“life reform”) movement sought to liberate body and mind from the ardor and exigencies of modern life. The roundtable discussion will focus on the intersection of everyday practice and political potential by addressing the origins of the Lebensreform movement during the socially restrictive German Kaiserreich, their appropriation in the United States (from the Chicago Vegetarian Society to utopian settlements), and their later role in the context of Nazi Germany.

Speakers include Thorsten Carstensen (Associate Professor of German, IUPUI), Mark Roseman (Distinguished Professor, Pat M Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, IU Bloomington), and Marcel Schmid (Assistant Professor of German, University of Virginia).

Parking vouchers will be provided. The event will be followed by a light reception. For all questions, please contact Thorsten Carstensen at

Organized by the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center and the German Program at IUPUI, this event is supported by the Deutschlandjahr Initiative and the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute.  Registration is encouraged.  To register, please go here.

December 6th, 2018
"German Holiday Traditions: St. Nicklaus" A Children's Celebration
Carmel Christkindelmarkt

Additional events will be listed shortly!

German-American Day Essay Contest:

On the occasion of German-American Day (October 6th), the Indiana German Heritage Society is sponsoriing an essay contest for Indiana high school students!  Participants do not have to be currently enrolled in a German class in order to be eligible. However, they need to be able to write a biographical statement in German.  For more information, see the flyer below or visit our Facebook page: