The Department of German, established in 1890, is one of the oldest, largest, and most highly ranked in the United States.
Through its comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs, it offers a rich and challenging environment in which to pursue the study of all aspects of the literatures, cultures, and languages of the German-speaking countries.
Any Wisconsinite worth his or her weight in cheese curds knows how to navigate through our state’s collection of tongue-twisting place names. Waukesha? No problem. Allouez? Please. Nanaweyah Ominihekan? Well, maybe there are a few that cause even native Wisconsinites to stumble. That’s where Pronounce Wisconsin comes in. The State Cartographer’s Office launched the online [...]
Eighty high school students from 20 schools around the state had the chance to speak (and sing) in 10 different languages at the inaugural Wisconsin Global Youth Summit on Feb. 23 at Union South. The day focused on what high school students can do to bring international elements into their schools. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Language [...]
Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus March 20-21 to speak to Wisconsin high school students. Roy will offer the keynote presentation for the Great World Texts Student Conference, sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, and will spend the day interacting with students who have read her Booker [...]
Nineteen early-career faculty have been named fellows of the new Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with 12 coming from the College of Letters & Science. The fellows competed with colleagues to participate in the yearlong program designed to improve undergraduate education by providing professional development in teaching and learning to [...]
Weijia Li was born and raised in China, yet received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Ohio State University in 2009. So how did Li wind up studying German? Meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s newest assistant professor of German. Welcome, Weijia! How and why did you get into German in the first place? [...]
Sonja Klocke specializes in 20th- to 21st-century German culture with a specific focus on postwar and contemporary German literature and film, including the legacy of the GDR (socialist East Germany) and the Holocaust, women’s writing, minority literature, and transnational literature. Currently, she is working on a book project, “Inscriptions and Rebellions: The Female Body in [...]
A group of UW-Madison students and faculty have received 2012-13 grants from the Fulbright Program, the country’s flagship program for international educational exchange. Of the 21 recipients from UW-Madison, all but three are from the College of Letters & Science. Thirteen L&S students have won fellowships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program; three graduate students in L&S [...]
Hans Adler, Halls-Bascom Professor of German and Comparative Literature, was recently awarded the Herder Medal, the highest honor of the International Herder Society. The Herder Medal is awarded biennially to an outstanding scholar. Adler received the honor for his scholarship on the Enlightenment in general and on Johann Gottfried Herder in particular. In his remarks [...]
Rashida Manjoo, an internationally recognized lawyer, teacher, and advocate who works to advance women’s rights and human rights around the world, will deliver a major lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison next week. “Violence against women violates human dignity as well as numerous rights, including the right to equality, physical integrity, freedom and non-discrimination,” Manjoo [...]
The College of Letters & Science has more than 800 faculty, a group that includes brilliant researchers, noteworthy authors, and inspiring teachers. This year, the College welcomes more than 50 new faculty members. From Classics to Chemistry and from English to Economics, departments across L&S recruited emerging experts who bring impressive breadth and depth of [...]
The Departments of German and Curriculum & Instruction will host the 22nd Annual German Day on April 7, 2011.
The Wisconsin Alumni Association and the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty are honoring University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty with the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Awards. This year eight L&S faculty took home top teaching awards.
In late 2010, the Department of German and the Center for German and European Studies hosted a three-day Humboldt Conference on “Kulturen im Wiederaufbau” (Cultures of Reconstruction).
The Language Institute is pleased to present a new project — Profiles — which highlight the language learning experiences of UW-Madison students and alumni. Profiles will help inspire current students with diverse academic interests and professional goals to study foreign languages.
Emeritus Professor Jost Hermand (left) and Professor Erhard Schütz in the Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum at Humboldt University in Berlin this fall. In early fall, UW-Madison celebrated the 80th birthday of Jost Hermand, world-famous emeritus Professor of German and still-active scholar and teacher. The celebration was topped with a conference and an evening of reminiscences at the Chancellor’s residence, Olin House. And Hermand hasn’t slowed down since.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the UW-Madison Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF) study abroad program in Germany, a joint venture with the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the University of Iowa. Hundreds of UW-Madison undergraduates from a wide range of majors have studied in Freiburg over the past half-century. Every year, [...]
The University of Wisconsin campus celebrated Emeritus Professor Jost Hermand the weekend of September 9-11th. Hermand, professor emeritus of German, is widely considered the most famous living scholar of German literature and culture — and even at 80-years-old, Hermand still teachers in Berlin and at UW-Madison …
Yes! UW-Madison already has under the mentorship of Emeritus Professor Jost Hermand.
Every spring the Department of German sponsors a banquet to honor its highest achieving students.
The Department of German, with support from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, will host 500+ students from Wisconsin middle and high school German classes for the 21st Annual German Day competition on April 29, 2010 9:00am to 2:00pm in the Memorial Union.
German rap artistDoppel-U (a.k.a. Christian Weirich) performed at the Memorial Union Theater on March 3, 2010 to a crowd of almost 600 UW-Madison students…
As the 20th Century’s leading symbol of difference and division, the Berlin Wall had an enormous cultural and historical impact…
Continuing the “Fall of the Wall” events this year, the Department of German rolled out the 42nd Wisconsin Workshop: “The Wall Came Down.”
Thanks to the generosity of a donor, the Department of German is pleased to recruit candidates for the new Ornstein-Warendorf Teaching Assistantship for Dutch.
The Deptartment of German is proud to host two post-doc research fellows funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn.
The Department of German is pleased to announce that Emeritus Vilas Professor Jost Hermand…
Two faculty members in the Department of German recently published books that became non-fiction best-sellers in Germany.
Twelve scholars associated with the Department of German gave presentations on their current research at the international Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC) held in Banff, Alberta, Canada this spring.