Conferences, Events & Grants

The Max Kade Center is an interdisciplinary forum that brings together scholars from the arts and sciences as well as engineering, music, and medicine.

Future Conferences & Events

Max Kade Center Undergraduate Summer Travel Grant

Deadline: April 15, 2022 

The German Program, with the support of the Max Kade Center for Modern German Thought, is pleased to announce 10 Travel Grants in the amount of $1,200 to support summer study abroad (German language courses, seminars in other disciplines, internships) in Germany. Past Recipients

Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time undergraduates at Johns Hopkins University. Prior knowledge of German is not required to apply for the grant and students from across the university are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to students who are German majors, German minors or students enrolled in courses in the German program.

Application Process: Applications are due by April 15, 2022 and must include:

  • Application Form
  • Copy of Transcript
  • Name of Academic Advisor (as reference)
  • Statement of Purpose (reasons for studying German & studying in Germany, ½ – 1 page)
  • Information about the program applicant has applied to / intends to apply to.

For more information about the grant and/or eligible programs, contact Professor Katrin Pahl or Deborah Mifflin, the German Language Program Director.

Past Conferences & Events

Harmonisch entgegengesetzt: Hölderlin’s Philosophy of Nature

The Max Kade Center for Modern German Thought will hold an international conference from March 30 to April 1 on the relation between Hölderlin’s poetic theory and his concept of nature as developed in his poetry, prose, and dramatic works.

Location: Barber Conference Room; Charles Commons- 10 East 33rd Street

The conference is open to the public. Read the conference program for a complete list of sessions and times.

Keynote Lecture

Max Kade Center for Modern German Thought invites you to join us for the inauguration of the new international studies track/focus area, Germany in a Globalized World.
Keynote Lecture by Karlfried Bergner, Minister of Culture and Communications, German Embassy, DC
“German Foreign Policy in the 21st Century”
April 17, 2014
5:15 p.m.
Gilman 138D


The Aesthetics of Bildung: Literature, Knowledge, and the Pleasure of Representation
November 9-12, 2012
November 9, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Gilman 130D (Donovan Room); 2:30-6:30, Gilman 288 (Philosophy Seminar Room)
November 10, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Gilman 130D (Donovan Room)


“Why Humanist Scholarship in an Uncertain World: Reflections from the German Tradition”
A lecture by John Smith, University of Waterloo / UC Irvine
May 2, 2013
5-7 p.m.
Gilman 138-D


“From The Underground Into The Heart Of The Berlin Media World”
Ines Pohl, Editor-in-Chief of “die tageszeitung” (“The Daily Newspaper” commonly referred to as “taz”):
February 3, 2012
4 p.m.
Levering Hall, Sherwood Room

Reading & Lecture

westward: encounters with Swiss American Women
westwärts: Begegnungen mit Amerika-Schweizerinnen
Susann Bosshard-Kaelin.
May 3, 2011
5 p.m.
Gilman 130D


Is there a Modern German Thought? Reflections on the History of the University and a German Intellectual Tradition
Professor Jürgen Fohrmann, President, University of Bonn
April 5, 2011
6 p.m.
Gilman 50