Max Kade Professorship

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:

Academic Year 2015-16: Tim Lörke, Freie Universität Berlin

Spring 2016: Refugees and German Identity


Dr. Tim Lörke was born and educated in the German Ruhr district before he entered the University of Heidelberg to study German and English language and literature. After graduating from university, he was employed by the Faust Museum and Archive in Knittlingen, a small town where the (in)famous magician and alchemist Faust is rumored to have been born. In 2007, he received his PhD at Heidelberg with a book about Thomas Mann and the composers Ferruccio Busoni, Hans Pfitzner, and Hanns Eisler and the political implications of the German idea of ‘culture’. From 2007 to 2009, he was equivalent to an US assistant professor at the German department in Heidelberg before joining the Institute for German and Dutch Language and Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since October 2015, Tim Lörke holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. His essays have been on, among other areas, German modernism (Thomas Mann, Gottfried Benn, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Hermann Hesse), the history of ideas, and contemporary literature (Peter Handke). In 2015, he co-edited a volume on German literature and religion in the 20th and 21st century. For further information on Dr. Lörke, click here


Past Max Kade Visiting Professors

Daniel Fulda , Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Fall 2014: "Resonances. Literature as a Medium of World Experience"

Sabine Doering, Universität Oldenburg
Spring 2013: “Hölderlin: Werke und Briefe”

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”