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.

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University of Pennsylvania Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Colloquium 1: Monday, March 16, at 9 a.m.

Colloquium 2: Monday, April 20, at 9 a.m.

This talk by Dr. Damian Valdez of the University of Cambridge examines how notions of struggle in politics and social life were articulated in different political and ideological constituencies in early twentieth-century Germany. It examines how they framed the confrontation with mass democracy; how they underlay some strategic considerations on the advent of mass politics and the social question and what they meant for the philosophy of history.

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.