News & Events

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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:...

  • German Studies is calling on all students to help us design a logo for our
    T-shirts, posters and other advertisement.

    What makes studying German at
    Dartmouth special?

    Please submit your design (jpg or png) to our Fulbright TA
    Mr. [email protected] by Tuesday, November 14. The winning design
    will be awarded $ 100, and the first and second runner-ups will receive $ 25

    Contest Rules:...

  • 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,...

  • Join us for Oktoberfest on Tuesday, October 12 in Occom Commons, McLaughlin. We'll serve brats, pretzels, music, games and crafts. Come as you are or wear your dirndl or lederhosen!

  • Twas the Night Before German Elections: A presentation by Dennis Wegner

    Join Dennis on Saturday, September 23 @ 7 pm in Max Kade Center to have your questions about the upcoming elections answered: - What is the „Bundestag“? - Who are the German people voting for? - What‘s at stake? - Will Merkel stay chancellor for another 4 years?

  • Happy Fall Term! Join us for our first German Club meeting on Wednesday, September 13 at 5 pm in the Max Kade Center at Maxwell Hall (near Thayer School of Engineering).

    We will talk about happenings in the fall term and elect new German Club officers (a president, a vice president, and a treasurer).

  • GERM 65.03 - Masterpieces of German Drama

    This course treats eight of the greatest plays ever written in German, paired to highlight historical links, thematic continuities, and formal innovations persisting throughout the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Lessing's Nathan der Weise and Frisch's Andorra address issues of religious and racial tolerance; Goethe's Iphigenie and Kleist's Penthesilea analyze attitudes...