German Program



The Max Kade Professorship

Max Kade (1882-1967) was born in Steinbach/Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and emigrated to New York in 1907, where he founded the successful pharmaceutical company, Seeck and Kade, Inc. Mr. Kade obtained the rights for the manufacture and distribution of the cough medicine “Pertussin” and became very successful as an entrepreneur and distributor of pharmaceuticals.

In 1944, Mr. Kade and his wife, Annette, established the Max Kade Foundation, initially to help Germany recover from the effects of World War II as well as to improve international understanding and promote cultural exchange between the United States and German-speaking countries in Central Europe. His objective was “to sow the seeds of friendship where there had been enmity.” In 1956, Mr. Kade left his business and turned his full attention to philanthropy, for which he received many honors. He considered the exchange of knowledge among scholars and scientists to be of great importance.

Max Kade Visiting Professors

Since 1999, the University of Notre Dame has both benefited from, and sought to advance, the ideals articulated by Max Kade on behalf of a scholarly and cultural exchange between the German-speaking countries and the United States.

With the generosity of the Max Kade Foundation, we have had (or will have) on our campus the following scholars, each of whom taught (or will teach) an advanced seminar:



Current Academic Year:

Sabine Doering, Universität OldenburgBild
Spring 2013: Hölderlin: Werke und Briefe

Prof. Dr. Sabine Doering will be the next Made Kade Visiting Professor. She will be coming to us from the Universität Oldenburg and offering a seminar in the Spring of 2013. In Germany Professor Doering has taught classes on major works of German literature from the Baroque to the postwar period as well as wide-ranging classes such as “Bibelkunde für Literaturwissenschaftler” and “Medea in der Literatur. Von Euripides bis Christa Wolf.” She has regularly taught in Australia as well as mentored American students in her seminars in Germany. Her research also covers a wide range. She is perhaps best known for her studies of Hölderin and Kleist as well as her book Die Schwestern des Doktor Faust. Eine Geschichte der weiblichen Faustgestalten. She is currently President of the Hölderlin Gesellschaft and is working on a major study of Hölderlin. For more details, please see:


Past Max Kade Visiting Professors

Susanne Kaul, Universität Bielefeld
Spring 2012: “Poetische Gerechtigkeit bei Kleist und Kafka”

Michael Jeager, Freie Universität Berlin
Spring 2011: “Faust and Religion”

Dirk Oschmann, Universität Jena
Spring 2010: “Images of America in German Literature; from Goethe to W.G. Sebald”

Carsten Dutt, Universität Heidelberg
Spring 2009: “Hermeneutics and Literary Theory”

Hartmut Zelinsky, Independent Scholar – Munich, Germany
Fall 2006: “Siegfried: How Richard Wagner’s Opera Became A Code Word of Anti-Semitism”                               

Helga Finter, Universität Giessen
Spring 2006: “Voice in Text and Theater”

Joachim Dyck, Universität Oldenburg
Fall 2004: “19th - Century German Literature”

Wolfgang Braungart, Universität Bielefeld
Spring 2003: “Literature and Religion”

Monika Schmitz-Emans, Universität Bochum
Spring 2002: “Kaspar Hauser”

Friedhelm Marx, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Fall 2000: “The Young Goethe”

Hermann Pottmeyer, Universität Bochum
Fall 1999: “Ecclesiology”

Walter Haug, Universität Tübingen
Spring 1999: “The Faust Theme Before Goethe”