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

Dr. Florian Höllerer is director of the LCB (Literarisches Colloquium Berlin e. V.).

The Jewish Studies Program and the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures welcome Jeremy Dauber of Columbia University, who will be giving a lecture on "A Tradition of Question: A Conversation with Kathryn Hellerstein on the the Study of Yiddish Women's Poetry." This is a book celebration for Prof. Kathryn Hellerstein of the University of Pennsylvania. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

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)

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures is excited to host two excellent speakers for this year's second installation of our Graduate Student/Faculty Colloquium Series.

Willi Goetschel - University of Toronto, Professor of German and Philosophy

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."