Welcome

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

Join Deutsches House's screening of classic German movies such as The Life of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) and Good Bye, Lenin! 

Discover the long-standing traditions of German and Dutch sustainability, environmentalism and policy-making.

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy invite you to Two Lectures in Environmental Humanities by Frank Uekötter (University of Birmingham, UK).

 

The Energy of Germany: Reflections on the Nuclear Exit and the Boom of Renewable Energy

Monday, April 4 at 5PM in 402 Cohen Hall

 

THE DEPARTMENT OF GERMANIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

presents

The Graduate Student / Faculty Colloquium Series

Williams Hall 205

Wednesday, January 13

8:30 am - 9:45 am

Williams Hall 27

Wednesday, January 13

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

THE DEPARTMENT OF GERMANIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

presents

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.