Welcome to the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania. The oldest academic program in German Studies in North America, we are committed to our strong tradition in literary studies, while our distinguished faculty also represent a range of innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in the field.

We invite you to read more about our current and past events below, and to explore our website for information about our graduate and undergraduate programs, including our offerings in Yiddish, Dutch, and Swedish.

Recent News



The Graduate Student / Faculty Colloquium Series

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 8:45 am
in the Max Kade German Culture and Media Center 
3401 Walnut St., Room 329, A Wing (entrance next to Starbucks)

Might the courts hold the answer to climate change?  With great uncertainty hovering over the upcoming international climate talks in Paris not to mention persistent policy gridlock in many national governments advocates around the world are looking to judges for solutions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Climate change litigation faces many significant obstacles, but this summer advocates achieved an internationally-re

On Monday, November 9th, in commemoration of Kristallnacht, the Jewish Studies Program and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, welcome Roger Grunwald who will be performing a one-man show, The Mitzvah Project: "A Mischling in the Wehrmacht."

The Penn Libraries’ historic collection of research material on German immigrants to Pennsylvania recently grew to include a set of nine German-language newspapers published in Philadelphia at the turn of the twentieth century. A generous gift of the German Society of Pennsylvania, this collection features some of the most notable German-language newspapers in the country.