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Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies

News and Events

"Casablanca" - film screening and discussion with Noah Isenberg.

Date: Monday 18 April 2016 at 7:00 pm
         Q&A and reception after the screening.
Location: Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Blvd. #100, L.A. CA 90036 
Free Admission with RSVP through eventbrite:
Info:   323 5253388

Dir.: Michael Curtiz, USA, 1942, 102 min.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre.

In the early days of World War II in Casablanca, Morrocco, the cynical American ex-patriot Rick Blaine (Bogart) runs the bustling nightclub Rick’s Café Americain. Each night, an assortment of government officials, locals, and refugees waiting for exit visas to America flock to the cafe for music, gambling, and to socialize. One evening, famed resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Henreid) and his wife Ilsa (Bergman), who is also Blaine’s ex-lover, arrive in the Café, in search of the transit letters they need to flee Nazi-controlled Europe, and travel to the United States.
When the coveted letters find their way into Blaine’s hands, he must set aside his apolitical stance and finally confront his feelings for Ilsa.

Featuring an international cast, many of whom had fled German-occupied Europe; Casablanca remains one of cinema’s greatest romances and a definitive classic from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

In his multimedia introduction and Q&A, Noah Isenberg focuses on the dozens of European-born refugees at work on both sides of the camera in Curtiz’s film.
Isenberg asserts that when viewed in this light, one of Classical Hollywood’s most cherished love stories and wartime dramas may be interpreted as one of its earliest and most successful feature films to address the menace of National Socialism, the harrowing flight from Hitler’s expanding Reich, and the personal stories extracted from this historic epoch.

Noah Isenberg is Professor of Culture and Media and Director of Screen Studies at The New School in New York City.
The author, most recently, of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), his forthcoming book on Casablanca is due out from W.W. Norton in 2017.

$1 validated parking after 6:00 pm in the Wilshire Courtyard West underground garage-P1. 

"The Refugee Crisis in Germany"

A lecture by Prof. Dr. Michael Göring (CEO of the Foundation ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius)

Presented with the co-operation of the German Consulate General of Los Angeles

Date: Thursday, April 14 at 3:00 PM

Location: USC Campus, Doheny Memorial Library (DML), room 240.
Coffee and light refreshments served.

"Remapping Survival. Jewish Refugees and Lost Memories in the Soviet Union, Iran, and India" - a lecture by Atina Grossmann

Date:  Monday 11 April 2016 at 7:00 pm

Location: Max Kade Institute, 2714 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA 90007 (parking available at the institute or on Hoover Street)

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Atina Grossman is Professor of History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union in New York City. In this lecture, she integrates largely unexamined experiences and lost memories into our understanding of the Shoah, remapping the landscape of persecution, survival, relief and rescue during and after World War II.


The Casden Faculty and Graduate Student Research Seminar

We are co-sponsoring the Casden Faculty and Graduate Student Research Seminar this month. Please join us for Alexandra Zirkle on "Bellicose Exegete: Heinrich Graetz and His Critique of Protestant Biblical Criticism,"

Wed., Feb 24, 3:30 - 5 PM, at Hebrew Union College,     Room 101.

Please email Prof. Jessica Marglin ( to obtain a copy of the pre-circulated paper. See you there!

Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonatas for Piano and Violin

Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12 No. 2
YueQian (violin), Jiayi Shi (piano)

Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12 No. 3
Yabing Tan (violin), Jiayi Shi (piano)

Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2
YuEun Kim (violin), Jiayi Shi (piano)

Introductory remarks by Midori Goto, USC Distinguished Professor and Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin

Date:   Tuesday, February 16
Time:   7:00 pm
Location: Max Kade Institute
              2714 S. Hoover Street
              Los Angeles CA 90007

RSVP: or 213-743-2707

Free and open to the public

  • Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0351