Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies


The USC Max Kade Institute is a research center devoted to German and European studies.  Located several blocks north of the USC campus, the institute hosts lectures, conferences, and performances for students, faculty and the general public.  Institute programs cover German and European studies broadly defined, but its main areas of emphasis include: exile studies, Cold War studies; German history, film, and aesthetics; and contemporary German and European affairs.

States of Division: When and How Was Germany Divided? A lecture by Dr. Sagi Schaefer, Tel Aviv University

Professor Sagi Schaefer of Tel Aviv University will discuss the evolution of Germany both during and after the Cold War.  For more information, visit the Kade Insitute Events Page

An Evening of Brahms

Join us for an evening of Johannes Brahm's sonatas as performed by musicians from the Thornton School of Music.  For more information, visit the Kade Insitute Events Page.

(Re)presenting Cold War Hungary: Encounters between Photography and the Visual Arts, a lecture by Dr. Cristina Cuevas-Wolf

Dr. Cristina Cuevas-Wolf will present the shift in Hungary's art and photography styles after 1956.  Reception to follow. For more information, visit the Kade Institute Events Page

February 12

Hon. Dr. Bernd Fischer, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany presents

Methods of Diplomacy: Lion Feuchtwanger on the Diplomatic Assignment of Benjamin Franklin in Paris

When: Thursday, February 2015, 4pm-6pm

Where: Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, DML 206

Reception to follow

Kindly RSVP: or (213) 743-2707


For more information, see the attached flyer

January 22

Germany’s Future: European, Atlantic, or Global?

Robert Lieber is Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University.  He has written or edited sixteen books on international relations and US foreign policy and has advised several presidential campaigns and the State Department.  Professor Lieber’s latest book, Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the US Is Not Destined to Decline, was published by Cambridge University Press.  He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Professor Lieber has also taught at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of California, Davis, and has been Visiting Fellow at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris, the Brookings Institution in Washington, and Fudan University in Shanghai.


Thursday, 22 January 2015, 4 pm - 6 pm
Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Room 241
Kindly RSVP: or (213) 743-2707
Reception to follow



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