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Since the late nineteenth century, when William Herbert Carruth became the first professor of German at KU in 1887 and Elmer Franklin Engel and Alberta Lincoln Corbin joined him in the 1890s, KU has had a tradition of offering students at all levels the opportunity to learn one of the world's major languages and study the literature and culture of Central Europe. Under J. Anthony "Toni" Burzle's tenure as department chair in the 1950s and 1960s, the department was in the forefront of establishing opportunities for our students to study language and culture in Germany.

Currently, our greatest need is for general use funds to support the ongoing educational activities of the department and replace revenue that is being lost to budget cuts as a result of the diminution of state funding.

Our programs in German at KU, however, rely very much on the generosity of our former students. For many of you, a summer, semester or year in Germany during your KU years was the highlight of your studies. This experience has been and continues to be a truly life-changing event for so many of our students. But each year study abroad becomes more and more expensive. It is imperative that we support our students and enable them to study abroad.

Norm Fahrer, who passed away this summer, attended both of our summer institutes as a KU undergraduate (Holzkirchen in 1965 and Eutin in 1966). Before he died, Norm contributed $150,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for a KU student to participate in the summer program in Holzkirchen. It is very gratifying to hear from Norm and other former summer institute students. With your help we can continue to offer such high quality summer experiences in Germany for our future students.

We are also very proud of our record of achievement in educating and training our future professionals in German Studies. With the support of the Max Kade Foundation, we have been able to offer dissertation fellowships to our doctoral students in German. But our graduate students have many needs. For instance, it is becoming more and more necessary to provide them with opportunities to present their research at professional conferences. Support for our graduate students and the research programs of our Max Kade Center would also be greatly appreciated.

Herzlichen Dank und beste Grüße!
Nina Vyatkina, Chair

[With thanks to Prof. William Keel, who composed this historical narrative.]


You may give online safely through KU Endowment. Online giving is secure, speedy and simple. For information on other ways to give, please visit the KU Endowment web site. For information on other opportunities to assist the Department, please contact Professor and Chair Nina Vyatkina, at +1 785-864-9450 or vyatkina@ku.edu.


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