This is a FREE virtual event hosted by the West Bend Community Memorial Library. To access the event, you will need the Facebook event.
In this talk, Professor Mark Louden will provide an overview of the impact that German speaking immigrants and their descendants have had in shaping the life and culture of Wisconsin, from the nineteenth century to the present. Mark Louden is a linguist who received his training in Germanic linguistics at Cornell University. A fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch, he has publised extensively on this language and other German-American varieties as well as Yiddish. In addition to his position as the Alfred L. Shomaker, J. William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic Linguistics, he directs the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies and is affiliated with the Religious Studies Program, the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of Linguistics at UW-Madison. He serves as an interpreter and cultural mediator for Amish in multiple settings.