Max Kade House

With the aid of a major grant from the Max Kade Foundation, New York, the Max Kade German House and Cultural Center opened in 2000 to serve the multiple interests and constituencies of the University of Kentucky's German Studies Program. It provides German Studies at UK a distinctive site for presenting its varied and frequently interdisciplinary academic, extracurricular and outreach programs.

This important addition to the University of Kentucky campus is housed in a renovated and expanded Victorian residence originally built in 1904. Located at 212 East Maxwell Street on the north end of campus, the facility is nestled in a cluster of other historic structures that now house the Kentucky Humanities Council and UK's Gaines Center for the Humanities.

Students are encouraged to consider the Kade House as an important focus of their academic and social life while pursuing their studies at UK. For some students it will even become home. Central to the conception of the Kade House as the core of a living and learning community are its eight student rooms located on two floors. These single rooms are assigned annually to a mix of UK students from the United States and German-speaking countries that commit themselves to maintaining a German-speaking environment. Each room is equipped with cable access to the Internet and the campus cable and satellite communications system and Wi-Fi serves the House as a whole. A family style kitchen/dining room on the second floor and a basement lounge with a large-screen TV provide Kade House residents ample opportunities and space for social interaction. Once a month the basement lounge doubles as the meeting site for the UK German Club, some of whose members are residents of the House. There are also laundry facilities off the basement lounge for the use of House residents.

The nonresidential areas of the Kade House support the notion of a living and learning community in a broader sense. A generous entrance hall on the ground floor leads to a large seminar room as well as a social space and a kitchen/dining area for informal gatherings and receptions. A library/reading room, a media room with a printer, and a small seminar room are located on the second floor. In these surroundings the German Studies Program hosts Kaffeestunde for its lower division language students, offers some of its upper division and graduate courses, and sponsors extracurricular activities such as readings, lectures, exhibitions and film screenings as well as workshops and symposia for a wider campus and community audience.

The Max Kade German House also features a guest suite for visiting scholars, writers and other professionals, especially from the German-speaking countries, who might be on campus for a few days to extended periods to meet with students, share research interests with German Studies faculty as well as faculty in other disciplines, participate in workshops for Kentucky's German teachers or address a broader community audience. For an entire year in 2007-2008, for example, German Studies hosted Croatian Swiss author Dragica Rajčić as Writer in Residence.

For further information, including information on living in one of the student rooms, contact Prof. Ted Fiedler, Director of the Max Kade German House.

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