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The German Department offers an array of events throughout the year for students, faculty, and guests. Keep up with all our news and events here.

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We hope this email finds you all doing as well as possible under the circumstances, and that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. As you probably know by now, all of the German Department’s fall courses will be taught remotely. We know that online teaching and learning is not ideal: in-person instruction is central to our department’s mission and identity, and we’re eager to return to it as soon as we can. But at this point we need to prioritize the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, as well as the larger New York community, particularly keeping in mind how different communities disproportionately bear the brunt of this pandemic.

We learned a lot in the move to distance learning in the spring, and we’re committed to making the fall semester a meaningful one for everyone. Please reach out to the department chair if you have any questions or concerns. We are here for you. Nothing in our lives is quite the way we want it to be at the moment, and there’s little we can do about it. But we promise to do everything we can to make this semester the best it can be for our community.

Upcoming Events: Please check back soon!

Past Events 

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Remembering Ernst Toller (1893-1939): Exiles and Refugees between Europe and the US

With support from the DAAD, the Max Kade Foundation, the Ernst-Toller-Gesellschaft, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the administrations of Hunter College and Mary Immaculate College, we were proud to host the international conference "Remembering Ernst Toller (1893-1939): Exiles and Refugees between Europe and the US," on May 30-June 1, 2019.

The spring of 1919 saw the brutal end of the Bavarian soviet republic that had emerged as part of Germany's November Revolution. Twenty years later, on May 22, 1939, Ernst Toller, one of the leaders of that revolution and republic, committed suicide at the Mayflower Hotel in New York, where he was living in exile from Nazi Germany. To commemorate these anniversaries we organized this conference on German-speaking exiles in New York and the United States, and their legacy for today's exiles and refugees. For more information, see



10th Annual Festival Neue Literatur

The 10th annual Festival Neue Literatur will take place from March 29-31, 2019, bringing to New York contemporary writers from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the US.  This year's theme is "In Memory We Trust."  We are very proud that Hunter German major Sean Crisp will participate in the "Words With Writers" event on March 29!  The event is free of charge but an RSVP is required.  Click on the links above for more details. 


"Facing Fears and Furies: The Unexpurgated Brothers Grimm" by PETER WORTSMAN

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