IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center
Deutschlandjahr USA Events 2018-2019


January 26th, 2019: Spring Immersion Workshop for Teachers "Using Social Media to Increase Intercultural Competence" (taught in German)

IUPUI Campus Center, Room 307
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Brenna Byrd 

Brenna Byrd is an Assistant Professor of German in the Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department at the University of Kentucky. She received her PhD in Germanic Linguistics from UCLA in 2010 and has been working at the University of Kentucky since then as Director of Beginning German, overseeing the curriculum and training of instructors for the first three semesters of German. Her research interests include SLA literacy, Sociolinguistics, Turkish-German identity, Hip Hop studies, computer-mediated communication, constructed languages, and historical linguistics.

This workshop is free to all participants!  Lunch and parking vouchers will be provided.  Professional development certificates will also be available.

Registration is encouraged.  To register, please contact the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center at or visit our EventBrite page:

February 2019: "Immigrant Issues in Germany and the U.S." Panel Discussion (Exact Date TBA)
Panel Discussion at the Immigrant Welcome Center, Indianapolis
Prospective Speakers: Terri Downs, Immigrant Welcome Center; Dr. Tijen Demirel Pegg (IUPUI), Dr. Kevin Cramer (IUPUI)

  • This panel discussion will discuss the impact of immigration on local communities in Indiana and Germany, as well as strategies regarding the integration of political refugees and other newcomers.

March 22nd, 2019: "Social Issues and the Civil Society" One-Day Workshop
Workshop at the IUPUI Campus Center
Speakers: Sven Schumacher, Honorary Consul; Marlene Walk, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI

  • This one-day workshop will include a panel discussion and visits to non-profit organizations in the Indianapolis area.

April 10th, 2019: "German-Jewish Dialogue Today" Lecture
Lecture at the IUPUI Campus Center 
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Simon Lässig, Director, German Historical Institute in Washington DC

April 17th, 2019: "Closing Reception"
Reception at the Athenaeum Indianapolis
Speakers: Dr. Karen Roesch, Director of the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center; Sven Schumacher, Honorary Consul


October 24th, 2018: "German Heritage in Indiana" 
Lecture and Tour of the Athenaeum (Das Deutsche Haus)
Speakers: Dr. Wolfgang Grams, Oldenburg University

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

November 5th, 2018: "A Stronger Mind for a Healthier Body: German Lebensreform, Midwestern Vegetarians, and the Politics of Resistance" Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion at the Indiana Historical Society
Speakers: Dr. Thorsten Carstensen (IUPUI); Dr. Marcel Schmid (University of Virginia); Dr. Mark Roseman (IU Bloomington)

  • This panel discussion will examine the impact of emerging “Back to Nature” lifestyles—such as vegetarianism, nudism, gymnastics, ecological agriculture, and alternative education—on Hoosier culture around 1900 and their significance in the context of alternative lifestyle movements in the U.S. This fascinating historical constellation has not received much attention.

December 6th, 2018: "German Holiday Traditions" 
St. Nikolaus, A Children's Celebration at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt 
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM