Max Kade Fellows 2014-2015 - Under Construction!
Max Kade Fellows 2013-2014:
Emma Kriss completed her B.A. in Germanic Studies and Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2012. During her undergraduate career, she participated in German theater twice, performing as Rosa in Unschuld by Dea Loher and Suze in Martin Heckmann’s Kommt ein Mann zur Welt. Her experiences experimenting with and performing in German theater lead her to study abroad in Berlin and Munich in order to experience German theater at its source. For two semesters, she studied avant-garde art and literature as well as educational psychology at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. During her senior year at Michigan, Emma had the honor of receiving the university's Excellence in a Foreign Language Award. She has incorporated themes of social identity into her theater research, which she will continue to do in her studies at Indiana University.
Tyler Lear began studying the German language in high school. He attended Transylvania University, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies in May 2013. While at Transylvania, he was inducted into the German National Honorary Society, Delta Phi Alpha, and went on to study for a semester in Regensburg, Germany, where he received scores sufficient to enroll in any German university. His interests vary considerably, from language acquisition (he has spent two semesters each learning Spanish and Mandarin Chinese in addition to German) to faux-medieval sword fighting. Due to an especially strong interest in languages and how they develop and work, he intends to pursue a Ph.D. from Indiana University’s Germanic Studies program, concentrating specifically on philology and linguistics. His goal is to become a professor of German at an American university in order to pass on and encourage in others his passion for the German language.
Catherine Van Halsema
Catherine Van Helsema first discovered her love of German at age 16, while spending a year abroad in Vechta, Germany, as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. Among other things, Catherine learned to speak German fluently. As an undergraduate at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in German and graduated with honors. Her senior thesis focused on the influence that Gustav Klimt’s artwork had on the European women’s movement in the early 1900’s. Since graduating in May 2011, Catherine has worked as a German-language customer service agent for Booking.com, handling various customer complaints and contractual disputes from hotel partners. Catherine looks forward to combining her interest in German language and culture with her passion for issues of assimilation and identity, and what those things mean for female immigrants in the German- speaking world today. She is especially grateful to the Max Kade Foundation for their generous support of her studies.
Arne Willée did his undergraduate work in Philosophy and German Literature at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in 2004 and completed his studies with top mark at the Rheinische Friedrich- Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in 2010. In his master's thesis, "Intersubjectivity in the Critique of Judgment by Kant," he tried to outline approaches to an implicit theory of intersubjectivity based on aesthetic, i.e. emotional, judgments. At Indiana University, he plans to focus his research on the cultural field of games and game theory. The center of his interest lies in the interdependencies between games and aesthetics.
Juliane Wuensch graduated in 2007 from the University of Leipzig, Germany, with a Magistra Artium degree in German as a foreign language. The same year, she came to the United States to teach German as a Target Language at Carthage College, Wisconsin, while getting a Master's degree in Education with a specialization in Language and Arts. After her graduation in 2009, she chose to move to Central America, to teach German at the German school in San Salvador. During the following four years, she became the head of the school development group for German language teaching, and led workshops for German teachers from all over Central America. The Ph.D. program at Indiana University offers her the opportunity to combine her passion for teaching with other aspects of German Studies, such as literature, film, culture, and language acquisition. She is especially interested in cultural identity, which became an important personal topic for her during her years abroad.