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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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All students taking in-person or hybrid classes on a CUNY campus will be required to be fully vaccinated unless they have been granted a medical exemption or religious exception. The deadline to upload proof of vaccination to CUNYfirst is September 14. Until then, anyone entering a CUNY facility for any reason will need to be fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days beyond the last vaccination shot) or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past seven days. To reiterate, there will be academic consequences for any student taking in-person or hybrid classes who does not upload proof of vaccination within 45 days of full FDA approval of a vaccine. For more information, visit


We are thrilled to share that Seung Hee Kim, who studied German and Art History at Hunter, has been awarded a prestigious DAAD scholarship for her master's program in Transcultural Studies at Universität Heidelberg. Wir gratulieren, Seung Hee!

Congratulations to our own Hillary Keel Strohmeier, whose translations of poems by Günther Kaip were recently published in WordCity Monthly. You can read the translations here.


Afsana Rahman, Agnes Li, Kieran Weaver, Risa Chen and Yulia Severynenko are the winners of our inaugural German Fairy Tales photo contest. Check out their winning photos at Thanks to the Presidential Initiatives for Student Engagement for supporting the contest. 


Congratulations to German students Cindy Nunez del Arco and Amilcar Dasilva on their acceptance to the Ronald McNair Scholars Program! The program is designed to provide select college students with research and scholarly activities and effective preparation for doctoral study. For Amilcar, it has already translated into acceptance to the 2021 Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Wir gratulieren!

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The Hunter College GERMAN DEPARTMENT is proud to co-sponsor a virtual talk by CAROL KAHN STRAUSS



Thursday, October 22 at 2 PM Eastern

CAROL KAHN STRAUSS received her BS from Columbia University and her MS from Hunter College, CUNY. She was born in New York; her father had been the president of the district court in Dortmund, Germany when the Nazis expelled him from his post in 1934. She has worked with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Hudson Institute, the Ford Foundation, and the 20th Century Fund. As Executive director of the Leo Baeck Institute, she gabe the Leo Baeck Medal to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2010. In 2005 she was given the German Federal Order of Merit by Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, and in 2015 was presented the Commander's Cross of the German Federal Order of Merit by Consul General Brita Wagener. Carol Kahn Strauss will be introduced by Consul General David Gill. 

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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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