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

Science and Judaism: David Kaufman and Modern Jewish Scholarship in 19th Century Hungary Dr. Mirjam Thulin, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

A Triumphant Failure: Goethe's Egmont and the Spinozistic Beginnings of Weimarer Klassik Tom Tearney, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

The German Society of Pennsylvania
250th Anniversary 1764-2014
Joseph Horner Memorial Library Lecture Series

Dr. Frank Trommler (Professor Emeritus, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania)

As a summer intern at the museum of the Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin - Centrum Judaicum, Didem Uca assisted in the editing of, and translated into English, a new exhibition called, "Bleiben?! Juden im befreiten Berlin."