Giving to Our Department

Professor Keel with studentSince 1887 when William Herbert Carruth became the first professor of German at KU and was joined in the 1890s by Elmer Franklin Engel and Alberta Lincoln Corbin, KU's tradition of German studies has offered students at all levels the opportunity to learn one of the world's great 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.

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!
Bill Keel

You may give online by using the buttons below. Online giving is secure, speedy and simple. Click the area you would like to support and you will be redirected to the website of KU Endowment, the non-profit fundraising organization that supports KU.

For information on other ways to give, please visit the KU Endowment web site. Or for information on other opportunities to assist the Department, please contact Professor and Chair William Keel, at +1 785 864 4803 or wkeel@ku.edu.

Germanic Languages and Literatures
Give to the Germanic Languages and Literatures fund
Max Kade German-American Literary Studies Research
Give to the Max Kade Germanic-American Literary Studies Research fund

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.