43rd Annual Meeting and Symposium of the SGAS: Madison, WI, 11-13 April 2019

“German in America: Words, Sounds, and Images”


Online registration is now available. Click the link marked "Symposium Registration" on the right side of the page to access the online registration or to find the link for the downloadable form t0 be mailed in.


Registration Deadline is March 28, 2019.


Symposium Program

Click here to view a downloadable program for the 2019 SGAS Symposium.


Hotel and Symposium Venue Information:

The Symposium hotel and main venue will be the Madison Concourse Hotel. Rooms at the Concourse Hotel have been reserved for SGAS Symposium participants for the nights of April 11, 12, and 13, 2019. Participants must make their own room reservations! The cost for rooms is $174 (single rate) and $184 (double rate). The reservation cutoff date is midnight C.S.T., March 17, 2019. Any reservations received after the cutoff date will be accepted on a space and rate available basis. Please call or visit the website to make your reservations:

One West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 5370
Phone: 800-356-8293

Follow this link to be taken to Madison Concourse Hotel page to get the conference rate: CLICK HERE

After March 17th, you will need to make your reservation through the regular hotel website (



  • Parking for Concourse hotel guests is available in the hotel underground garage for $15 (self-parking) or $20 (valet parking) per day.
  • Concourse Hotel parking for Symposium attendees who are not hotel guests is $1.50/ hour, based on availability. There are also two public parking ramps near the hotel at Manchester Place and Caroll Street. For information on Madison public parking go to


Complimentary Airport Shuttle Servicefrom/to Dane County Regional Airport is available (call 608-257-6000).



(0.7 miles from Concourse Hotel, on the UW-Madison Campus:

Wisconsin Historical Society (Friday evening Lecture; Saturday afternoon Tour)
816 State Street,
Madison, WI 53703

Max Kade Institute (Saturday late afternoon tour of exhibit and library)
432 East Campus Mall (University Club building, Fourth Floor)
Madison, WI 53706

University Club Restaurant (Saturday evening banquet)
803 State Street (University Club building, First Floor)
Madison, WI 53706


Detailed information about Madison (including maps, directions, attractions, etc.) can be found at

Click here to view a map of Downtown Madison with information about public parking.



SGAS Outstanding Achievement Award

The Society for German-American Studies has established an award which is given each year to an individual who has distinguished him- or herself in the field of German-American Studies. Honorees are celebrated each year at the Annual Meeting and Symposium.

The membership of the Society for German-American Studies is invited to nominate individuals of merit. Nominations should be directed to the chair of the Nominations Committee no later than September of the year prior to the one for which the individual is nominated. The Nominations Committee will forward all nominations to the president for review at the fall meeting of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will select the awardee.

Achievement in the context of the award is broadly defined. The honoree may have published significant research in the field, may have served the Society and the field of German-American Studies in an outstanding fashion, or may otherwise have made an outstanding contribution to the field.

Awardees will be encouraged to attend the annual symposium to receive the award. All awardees will be awarded a Life Membership in the Society for German-American Studies. The Society will cover the housing and registration expenses of those who participate in the annual symposium.

Nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Award should be forwarded to the chair of the Nominations Committee no later than September 1 of a given year for consideration for the following year. All nominations should include a letter which specifies the reasons why the nominator feels the award is justified as well as a short précis of the nominee’s accomplishments.

The current chair of the Nominations Committee is William H. Roba