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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.

Upcoming Events:

Benjamin Balint, author of Kafka's Last Trial, in conversation with Lisa Marie Anderson, professor and chair of German at Hunter College


Wednesday, Feb 16 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Online via Zoom

This discussion will offer a gripping account of the controversial trial in Israeli courts brimming with dilemmas legal, ethical, and political that determined the fate of Kafka's manuscripts, and will tell the story of two countries whose national obsessions with overcoming the traumas of the past came to a head in a hotly contested trial. More information here


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Congratulations to our own Anne-Katrin Titze on her recent interview with folklore and mythology expert Maria Tatar. You can read more about Tatar's work -- and her 2018 visit to Hunter's German Department -- here 

Congratulations to German major Meaghan McClure, winner of the 2020-2021 Collegiate Scholarship given by the German-American Committee of Greater New York. We're also proud to share that, in summer 2021, Meaghan was a staff intern with the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program, working on their Cold War International History Project. 


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!

Past Events:

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 gave 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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