This Tuesday, the Max Kade Haus for German Studies and Visiting Scholars had its official opening and will serve to house scholars, writers and other artists to encourage cultural exchange and understanding.
The house is located at 606 McCartney Street, and goes hand in hand with the Max Kade Center for German Studies which was founded in 2003.
This year commemorates the centre’s 15th anniversary. Foreign language pProfessor Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger is the founding director of the Max Kade Center for German Studies at Lafayette College, and is responsible for both hosting and selecting speakers and events at the Max Kade Haus.
The house was created to provide a forum for resident visitors and faculty to come together in a relaxed setting “to speak German on a daily basis,” Lamb-Faffelberger wrote in an email.
“It allows students to gain a better understanding of the history, cultures and political, economic and social developments of German-speaking countries and their impact on past, present and future students. The participation of Max Kade’s guests in the schools’ academic program significantly strengthens the college’s diverse German curriculum,” she added.
The house itself will serve as a residence for visiting scholars, writers and artists. These guests could be hosted for a few days to an entire semester and will work with the German program to teach, lecture and mentor students, according to Lamb-Faffelberger.
The Max Kade Foundation was founded by Max Kade and his wife after World War II. Their mission was to promote an understanding and appreciation of German and Austrian culture in the United States. Max Kade, born in Germany, came to the United States to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical field, but devoted the rest of his life to developing relations between Germany and the United States.
Since the center was founded in 2003, there have been “more than two dozen German and Austrian poets, novelists, playwrights, filmmakers and more than twenty specialists in political science, history, art history , sociology, neuroscience, geology, engineering and literary studies. the college to teach, lecture and write,” Lamb-Faffelberger wrote.
Notably, there have also been many poems, short stories, and novels written by these guests during their stay in Lafayette that feature aspects of life in Lafayette, College Hill, and Easton in general.
“We inspire them and they inspire us. We learn to respect them and they learn to respect us. We learn to appreciate their otherness and they learn to appreciate ours: this is the very essence of cultural exchange,” writes Lamb-Faffelberger.
When it was created, the house received a generous grant from the Max Kade Foundation. The Max Kade Center for German Studies continues to receive annual funds from the foundation.
“Lafayette receives an annual fund from the Max Kade Foundation for German Programming which includes the Max Kade Distinguished Lecturer Series and the Writers and Artists in Residence programs,” Lamb-Faffelberger wrote.
For Nele Janssen ’21, the house will be “a catalyst that will convince more people to come and collaborate with the German department. [It will] allow the German department to have more lecturers and more recognized authors. In the long term, this will benefit the entire German department and continue to grow it,” she said.
The first events at the Haus will be the “8th Undergraduate Research Conference on German Studies” on Saturday, April 7. It will be followed by a poetry reading on Sunday April 22 by Austrian writers Mascha Dabić, Dimitre Dinev, Hanno Millesii and Udo. Kawasser.