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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Monday, August 29, 2016, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Williams Hall room 723

Advance registration is not required. Please bring a pencil and a form of identification.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Williams Hall room 723.

Advance registration not necessary. Please bring a pencil and form of identification.

Generations, or better: inter- and transgenerational studies, are back. The concept of generations allows us, among other things, to adopt both a transnational and national perspective, to look beyond social class boundaries and integrate various smaller group formations into larger wholes. Moreover, a generation perspective can favourably be combined with network theory.

A talk by Niklaus Largier of the University of California, Berkeley.

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures invites you to a talk by Dr. Alice Kuzniar.

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.

Join us for a BYO Lunch & Learn!

German Culture of Remembrance

Presentation by Jenny Wüstenberg, York University, Toronto

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


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

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




The Graduate Student / Faculty Colloquium Series


Intermediality Across Eras in German Literature, Culture and Art. A Graduate Student Conference of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania, 18-19 February 2016.

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Claudia Lynn and Sibel Sayili-Hurley have won the 2016 PLC Best Project Prize for their work on a new textbook for German 104, entitled "Bewegungen". The project was made possible by a language grant from the Penn Language Center and the support of the German Department.