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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.

Lastest News

Adjunct Lecturer Ioana Wicker presented at the NWAV51 (New Ways of Analyzing Variation in Language) conference, hosted by Queens College and the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society, in October 2023. She is working on a research project focussed on "Social identity and self-perception in the language classroom."

Congratulations to our very own Anne-Katrin Titze on her recent interview with award-winning German director/screenwriter Christian Petzold! Anne-Katrin sat down with Petzold to discuss his latest film, Afire (Roter Himmel), a New York Times Critic's Pick: "I read a sentence by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that all stories start with something like an accident for example, or someone is not coming home at the right time." You can read more here


Congratulations to German minor Benjamin Hatch, who recently began an internship at the German American Chamber of Commerce.


Congratulations to Jacob Forbes, who joins past winner Meaghan McClure as a recipient of the Collegiate Scholarship given by the German American Committee of Greater New York.


Congratulations to our very 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 the Hunter German Department here.


We're so proud that two of our recent alumnae have been awarded the prestigious DAAD scholarship for their masters study in German: Seung Hee Kim for Transcultural Studies in Heidelberg, and Meaghan McClure for European Studies in Regensburg


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 winnining photos here. We thank 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 McNair Scholars Program! The program is designed to provide select college students with research, scholarly activities and effective preparation for doctoral study. In the case of Amilcar, this has already translated into an acceptance to the 2021 Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program (SUMR) at the University of Pennsylvania. Read of the McNair Scholars Program here.


Past Events

Opportunities in Germany and Beyond, November 8th, 2:30-3:45pm

The opportunities event is held annually to inform students what resources are available to them in order to improve and expand their german scholarship. The department hosted representatives from the Goethe InstitutDAAD: German Academic Exchange ServiceThe German American Chamber of Commerce, and Cultural Vistas. Follow the links to learn more!








Andrea Maria Schenkel Reading: Der Erspiegel, October 2nd, 1:15-2:30pm

Join us at Hemmerdinger Hall, E706, October 2nd at 1:15pm for a reading with German award-winning crime fiction author Andrea Maria Schenkel! Schenkel will read from her latest novel, Der Erdspiegel, which was published in March, 2023. Der Erdspiegel is a mysterious object made of glass. The murderer claims that it will reveal the fortunes of chosen young women… The reading will be in both German and English, followed by an English Q & A



Metin Hakverdi, German Bundestag member (Social Demcoratic Party), lecture from the American Council on Germany - One Year Later: Russia's War in Ukraine, Germany's Policy Pivot and Implications for Transatlantic Relations

Thursday, February 23rd 2023 at 4:00pm │ In-person at Hemmerdinger Hall, Hunter East room 706

Metin Hakverdi joined the Social Democratic Party in 2002 and has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2013. He serves on the Bundestag's Committee on European Union Affairs and on the Budget Committee. He is the Chairman of the USA/North America Working Group within the SPD Parliamentary Group and a member of the German-American Parliamentary Friendship Group in the German Bundestag. Before being elected to the Bundestag, Mr. Hakverdi was a member of the Parliament of the free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg from 2008 to 2013, where he was on the Budget Committee and the Committee of Public Companie and Assets. Mr. Hakverdi attended high school in Simi Valley, California, in 1985/86 and studied law at the Christian-Albrecht University in Kiel and at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. He was a distinguished visitor at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in 2019 and a 2020 John F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow at Harvard's Center for European Studies (CES). He is a member of the Atlantik-Brücke e.V. The distinguished guest of Hunter's German Department, Mr. Hakverdi will speak on behalf of the American Council on Germany on February 23rd, 2023. Discussing Germany's refocussing on defense and security issues as a response to the invasion of Ukraine, Mr. Hakverdi will reflect upon the implications of this policy shift for the international stage. 


Jana Pareigis, co-writer and co-director of Afro.Deutschland (Afro Germany - Being Black and German), film screening and Q&A moderated by Elke Nicolai

Thursday, May 5th 2022 at 5:30pm │ In-person and Online via Zoom

Born in Hamburg, Jana Pareigis is a German journalist and television presenter, well known as the first Black woman to host the German television programheute, a position she's held since February of 2021. In that vein, Pareigis has also worked with Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Zeit Online and Deutsche Welle, and even wrote the foreword to the most recent German publication of James Baldwin's 'The Fire Next Time,' (Nach der Flut das Feuer). Having studied African Studies at Hunter College, Pareigis worked on the documentary Afro.Deutschland in 2016, to cast a spotlight on the modern position of and racism endured by Germany's Black community. At the invitation of the Hunter College departments of German, Women & Gender Studies, and Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Pareigis hosted a screening and Q&A session for the film in the spring of 2022 at Roosevelt House. Moderated by Elke Nicolai, the Q&A covered a diverse range of interesting topics, such as putting beliefs regarding modern racism into conversation with Germany's past as two separate countries; the boundaries individuals establish within their communities along racial lines when dealing with sensitive issues; the renaming of streets and places to reflect opposition to colonialist history and many others. If you wish to view the Q&A in full, click herelikewise, to read the interview Pareigis gave to Anne-Katrin Titze, click  here.   


Ian Ona Johnson, author of The Faustian Bargain: Secret Soviet-German Military Cooperation in the Interwar Period, moderated by Manfred Phillip

Wednesday, September 7th 2022 at 1pm │ Online via Zoom

Join us for a fascinating lecture on Soviet-German relations in the Interwar Period. Dr. Johnson was a Fulbright-Hays Fellow at the Russian State University for the Humanities, and has worked in archives in Moscow, Lipetsk, Samara, and other localities. He has studied and conducted research at Ohio State Univeristy, the University of Texas at Austin, Yale University, the US Army War College, and at the International University in Moscow. His undergraduate degree is from Claremont-McKenna College. His Polish Studies Initiative award supported research in London and Warsaw. He was a Fellow of Stanford University's USA-Russia Forum and has participated in workshops at the University of Bielefield. His monograph, The Faustian Bargain: Secret Soviet-German Military Cooperation in the Interwar Period, was published in 2021 by Oxford University Press and received a 2022 Distinguished Book Award. He is currently preparing a book chapter on the Polish-Bolshevik War of 1920 and has lectured on how a team of mathematicians won the 1920 Battle of Warsaw. Register for his upcoming lecture here.

Benjamin Hett & Michael Wala, authors of Otto John: Patriot or Traitor, in conversation with Consul Yasemin Pamuk

Wednesday, July 20th 2022 at 6:00pm │ In-person and Online via Zoom

Join us for our discussion on the intriguing events surrounding the disappearance of the then President of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Otto John, from West Berlin on July 20, 1954. John reappeared a few days later in East Berlin and upon his return to West Berlin 17 months later, he was arrested for defecting. As a member of the anti-Nazi resistance who was involved in the failed assassination attempt of Hitler ten years prior, John scarcely escaped the Gestapo in July 1944 and exiled to Spain and Portugal. In order to help with their anti-Nazi propaganda efforts, British intelligence helped John return to Germany in 1949. It has remained a mystery for decades as to whether John voluntarily went to East Berlin, or as he alleges, was kidnapped by Soviet intelligence. In Otto John: Patriot or Traitor, co-authors Hett and Wala shed new light on a man who was part of the resistance and who made a career in Germany in the post-war period. More information provided here.


Benjamin Balint, author of Kafka's Last Trial, in conversation with Lisa Marie Anderson, Hunter German Department professor and Chair.

Part of Robert Seltzer's Lunch Lecture Series: Kafka's Last Trial

Wednesday, February 16th 2022 at 1:00pm │ Online via Zoom

Join us for a discussion brimming with legal, ethical and political dilemmas: offering both a gripping account of the controversial Israeli trial that determined the fate of Franz Kafka's manuscripts and a lens into the history of two nations, the national obsessions with overcoming the trauma of the past of whom came to a head in a hotly contested courtroom verditct. More information provided here.


The Erosion of the Rule of Law in Nazi Germany, a talk by Carol Kahn Straus, co-sponsored by the Hunter German Department and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Thursday, October 22nd 2021 at 2:00pm │ Online via Zoom

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 destrict court in Dortmund, Germany until the National Socialists 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. While Executive Director of the Leo Baeck Institute in 2010, she awarded German Chancellor Angela Merkel the Leo Baeck Medal. In 2005 she was given the German Federal Order of Merit by Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, and in 2015 was even presented with the Commander's Cross of the German Federal Order of Merit by Consul General Brita Wagener. Before the talk, Consul General David Grill will introduce Ms. Strauss.

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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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