Lecture Series

GermanyFocus on Germany
Community Lecture Series  

FALL 2015    September 23 - November 4
A series of seven one-hour lectures 
Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm

No registration is required.
Free Admission.  Q & A follows each lecture.
See Related Events below - concert, book discussion and art display

September 23: German Educational System

Speaker: Consul General, Herbert Quelle, German Council, Chicago
Education in Germany, like the broader social system of which it is a part, differs in many ways from American education. Recently, the tuition-free system of higher education has attracted an increasing number of international students.

September 30: Germany's Use of Wind Energy & Energiewende

Speaker: David Haynes, Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, Room 228
The Germans call their move toward renewable energy, the energiewende – or energy transition – and it has aggressive goals. Haynes will discuss how Germany is shepherding a transformation of old-line business and helping to develop new technologies for a competitive edge.   

October 7: Doing Business in Germany

Panel Discussion, Room 228
Stanley Pfrang, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Matthew Alagna, Thomas Magnete GmbH and Steve Beaver, Jeneil Biotech, Saukville


The opportunities as well as the challenges of developing business in Germany through distributors as well as their own staff and facility will be shared.

October 14: Gesundheit! Germany's Healthcare

Speaker:  Joerg Kramer, Former Representative of Deutsche Beamten Kasse, Room 228

A native of Berlin, Germany and former representative for both Germany and American insurance firms, Joerg Kramer will present an overview of the German healthcare system, past and present as well as the differences between health care between the two countries.

October 21: German Nationalism

Speaker:  Dr. Rudy J. Koshar, UW-Madison, Room 228

Professor Koshar will discuss one of the most important ways in which Germans have tried to foster nationalism: the building or preservation of monuments as national symbols. Focusing on examples from the founding of modern Germany to the fall of the Berlin Wall, this interplay of reverence and critique shaped efforts to represent the nation in wood and stone.

October 28: German Art

Speaker: Graeme Reid, Director of Exhibitions, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Room 228

This lecture will discuss the impact of Modernists and the First World War on German Art, through an analysis of the work of Carl Von Marr and the Expressionists.

November 4: Pre-War Germany and Hollywood

Speaker: Dr. Chris Yogerst, Assistant Professor, UW-Washington County, Room 228

Hollywood’s business relations with Germany became increasingly tense throughout the 1930s to the point of cinematic retaliation. Professor Yogerst will draw a line between historical fact and fiction.



Bachtoberfest - Sunday, Sept. 27, 2pm

BACHTOBERFEST with The Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra
  Kettle Moraine Symphony
The Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra will take us "Bach" to the great German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach along with music of Brahms, Schubert and Johann Strauss, Jr.
Enjoy German beer and wine service along with West Bend gemutlichkeit!

Advance tickets go on sale August 1. (Adults: $20, Seniors (>62) and Youth (<18): $18  ($2 more on day of concert) 

Book Discussion

The Mussel FeastThe Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke
Wednesday evenings, September 30 and October 7, 4:45pm-6:15pm in Room 101
Facilitator: UW-WC English Professor, Dr. Anne Widmayer
Cost: There is no cost to participate. Purchase book on your own or contact the UW-WC library.
Book Information:  Wanting “to understand how revolutions start,” Vanderbeke wrote the 105 page book in August 1989, just prior to the Fall of the Berlin Wall.  “It seemed logical to use the figure of a tyrannical father and turn the story into a German family saga.” The publisher (Peirne) notes that it "made me laugh out loud with tears in my eyes. The author lays bare the contradictory logic of an inflexible mind. This is a poignant yet hilarious narrative with a brilliant ending."


German Art & Collectibles

Special thanks to Joerg and Terri Kramer and Marisue Zillig for allowing us to display a wonderful collection of German art and collectibles in the gallery and display cases.  September 23 - September 30, 2015


Special thanks to our sponsor:

Matt ZilligThe first lecture in the series is in memory of Matt Zillig (pictured left). When Matt passed away in 2008, his friends created a memorial fund to promote Matt's commitment to the idea of global citizenship. The Friends of Matt Zillig sponsor this lecture as well as a social (immediately following the lecture) that features food samples from Germany.

Student fees also help support the community lecture series.