• "China and Ashkenazic European Jewry: Transnational Encounters"

    June 16, 2017

    On June 13, 2017, Kathryn Helllerstein led a workshop, with Professors Xu Xin and Song Lihong, respectively Director and Deputy Director, at the Glazer Institute for Jewish and Israel Studies at Nanjing University.

  • Congratulations Dr. Gollance!

    May 18, 2017

    The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures warmly congratulates Sonia Gollance, Ph.D., on receiving her doctorate on May 15, 2017.


  • Two Fellowships for Liliane Weissberg

    May 12, 2017

    This summer, Liliane Weissberg will be a Fellow at the University of Potsdam, with support from the Staatliche Schlösser and Gärten Sanssouci, and the center for research on the Enlightement (RECS).

  • Graduate Student Florian Breitkopf

    April 5, 2017

    just received the prestigious 2017 Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students. Congratulation to Florian for his unwavering commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.

  • New Faculty Member Bridget Rose Swanson at University of Vermont

    April 5, 2017

    Please join us in congratulating Bridget on accepting a position as lecturer in German & Russian Studies and Film & Television Studies at the University of Vermont starting August 2017. 

  • Grüße aus Hamburg

    March 20, 2017

    Haley Rugh and Erica Suarez, currently preparing in Hamburg for their study abroad gig at the LMU in Munich, smile since they are realizing their dream of studying German in Germany. 

    Here is their first letter from Germany:

  • Ian Fleishman on 'Ecocritical' Kafka in The Germanic Review

    February 10, 2017

    Professor Ian Thomas Fleishman's article "The Rustle of the Anthropocene: Kafka's Odradek as Ecocritical Icon" has been published in the current issue of The Germanic Review.

  • MLA Awards Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies to Kathryn Hellerstein

    December 6, 2016

    New York, NY – 6 December 2016 – The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its eighth Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies for an outstanding scholarly work in English in the field of Yiddish to Kathryn Hellerstein, of the University of Pennsylvania, for A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586–1987, published by Stanford University Press. Jan Schwarz, of Lund University, Sweden, will receive an honorable mention for Survivors and Exiles: Yiddish Culture after the Holocaust, published by Wayne State University Press. The prize is awarded each even-numbered year and is awarded alternately to an outstanding translation of a Yiddish literary work and to an outstanding scholarly work in English in the field of Yiddish.