German Club Bake Sale to benefit Upper Valley Haven

The German Club hosted a bake sale in Novack Cafe on Sunday to raise donations for the Upper Valley Haven, an organisation providing temporary shelter and educational programming for homeless families and adults as well as food to anyone in need. With an initial investment of $ 20 in baking supplies, the club raised approx. $ 250. German Club President Ilona Kiss was very pleased with student involvement and revenue turnout, called it "a huge return."

German film director Doris Dörrie is coming to Dartmouth! 

Criticially acclaimed German film director and author Doris Dörrie is coming to Dartmouth! 

Doris Dörrie is a well-known German movie maker who has been working in the film industry for more than 30 years. She received numerous accolades including the German Film Award, Bambi Award, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. 

On Sunday, February 25, 5-7 pm, the Max Kade German Center LLC and the Japanese Language Programm LLC will have a movie and pizza night in the Max Kade Center to watch Doris Dörrie's most recent movie, Grüße aus Fukushima [Fukushima, mon Amour]. The director will join afterwards to discuss the movie.

On Monday, February 26 at 12:30, the German Club and other interested students will meet Dörrie in Occom Commons to learn more about what it's like to make movies, write a screenplay, and work in the film industry.


Grimm Night returns in Spring Term

Nick Ostrau from the German Studies Department is bringing back A Grimm Night: Dramatic Readings of Folktales in Spring Term. The event complements the new German 14 course: The Brothers Grimm and the European Folktale Tradition offered at 2. Students who wish to participate in Grimm Night should contact [email protected] for an interest session in the first week of spring term.

In past years, students performed tales with voice, music and puppetry.

Upcoming Workshop Explores 19th-Century Media Inventories

The interdisciplinary workshop, co-organized by Assistant Professor of German Studies Petra McGillen, will bring seventeen US-based scholars to Dartmouth whose research revolves around nineteenth-century media and practices of collecting. Participants from the fields of German Studies, English Studies, History, and Media Studies will present work in progress in 10-minute "pitches" and a lively roundtable format.

The workshop will take place on March 9 and 10 at the Leslie Center for the Humanities. All presentations are free and open to the public. For the full schedule of events, please visit the workshop homepage.  

Fulbright TA Dennis Wegner Discusses Movie on Refugees

"When Dennis Wegner, advisor for the Max Kade Living Learning Community, located in the Max Kade German Center, heard that “Human Flow” was coming to the Hop, he knew that residents would be interested in the film because the migrant issue is such a hot topic in Germany. Indeed, Germany is one of the countries highlighted in Weiwei’s film; Weiwei captures crowds of migrants attempting to cross into Hungary to reach Germany.

Wegner said that he invited the other Living Learning Communities to participate due to the global pattern of migration.


Wegner held a discussion on the refugee crisis to provide interested students with deeper context prior to the film screening. He invited Haley Johnston, a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Arts program in the globalization studies track, to be the guest speaker. Johnston wrote her undergraduate thesis on the migrant crisis in Europe and worked at a refugee center in Canada for two summers, during which she met refugees from over 30 different countries."

Source: Elizabeth Garrison for The Dartmouth, America's Oldest College Newspaper. Accessed: January 23, 2018.


Two German Studies Events Kick Off Winter Term

Two German Studies Events took place this week: On Wednesday students from the German Club/ Max Kade Housing LLC met over lunch to plan the winter term and to elect new German Club Officers.

The new German Club President is German Major Ilona Kiss ('18), the Vice President is German Minor Paul Harary ('21) and the Treasurer is friend of German Hyo Lim Jeong ('18).

On Thursday night, faculty, staff and friends of German gathered in Bartlett 201 for a German Studies reception that was accompanied by life music and lively conversation.




Professor Petra McGillen on the LangTech Podcast

Professor Petra McGillen was recently interviewed by the British podcast Langtech.  The interview revolved around the challenges and joys of raising bilingual children and, more generally, of speaking foreign languages.  She also connected some of these topics to her research on media history and the material history of creativity in the nineteenth century.  In the episode, she made an existentialist argument for the study of foreign languages. The host asked what she could tell people to incentivize them to learn another language. She said that one could spend a long time talking about the practical advantages of speaking more than one language, but ultimately, there is a much more profound argument to be made here: speaking another language enables you to relate to the world anew, through a different version of yourself—and that can be a really exciting, transformative experience.  Hear the full podcast at

Nick Ostrau presents Virtual Chatbot Application at ACTFL Conference

Nick Ostrau presented German Chatterbox 1.0  to  highschool and college educators at the ACTFL 2017 Convention & World Languages Expo in Nashville, TN.

German Chatterbox 1.0 ( is an interactive chatbot-based language learning application currently under development by the German Language Program director at Dartmouth. The online application allows first-year learners of German as a second language to communicate in German with 10 life-like virtual (artificial intelligence/ A.I.) chat personalities through guided interactions and integrated multimedia. All chat partners feature read-out-loud vocabulary lists, a dictation button and microphone input.

Virtual chat sessions practice the learner's writing, reading and decision making skills in a natural environment where live native speakers are not available. With  internet access, chat partners are online 24/7. Worksheets for all chat partners may be downloaded for in class or at home use. 

Professor Fuechtner in conversation with the cast of Cabaret

What happens when an expert on the Weimar Republic—Germany’s brief experiment with democracy between two world wars—meets the cast of Cabaret?

That’s what Associate Professor of German Studies Veronika Fuechtner wanted to know when she learned that the theater department was staging the musical, set in early 1930s Berlin, this term.

Fuechtner is the author of Berlin Psychoanalytic: Psychoanalysis and Culture in Weimar Republic Germany and Beyond and many scholarly articles about the time—and she teaches Cabaret in some of her classes. So the production’s director, Carol Dunne, and Associate Professor Laura Edmondson, chairs of the theater department, were intrigued when Fuechtner approached them.

Professor Klaus Mladek on The German Elections

Professor Klaus Mladek interprets the German elections results on WBUR's Cognoscenti: "Even though Angela Merkel was reelected on Sunday, Germany doesn’t feel very celebratory. As a German, I’ve never seen such a worried, agitated and sullen public in my country.​ After Brexit, Donald Trump and the ascension of other nativist populists in Europe, many Americans cherished the idea of Merkel as the last leader of the free world. But for many Germans, she embodies a kind of stagnation and lack of vision reminiscent of the years of Helmut Kohl. The few weeks that Merkel’s challenger from the SPD party, Martin Schulz, created genuine excitement among the electorate demonstrated for a fleeting instant how much the people, millennials, in particular, yearn for a real political alternative. The life in beer gardens and cafes, the big BMWs and many carbon-frame bikes might project an image of a wealthy and content society.