German Studies in the Era of Trump

When we teach the 20th-century history and culture of Germany and Austria, we repeatedly caution students against drawing all-too quick parallels between National Socialism and other anti-democratic developments. This is mainly to avoid the re-categorization of Hitler’s Third Reich as yet another manifestation of a kind of universal “evil.” National Socialism, we emphasize, originated in…

SUMMIT, the Liberal Arts, and the German Prison System

“What can I do with a German Studies Major?” — It’s not atypical at this time of the year to receive  e-mails that either implicitly or directly ask this question. And to those of you who are asking, thank you! You initiate an important dialogue about the benefits of liberal-arts learning and the role of…

German-speaking News Headlines On Obama’s Reelection

Europeans have closely followed the developments during this election. Here’s a brief overview of this morning’s headlines of online media outlets in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard leads with Obama’s victory, “Obama reelected, President emphasizes the country’s unity.” In its overview, the newspaper also highlights the difficulties the president has to overcome…

Agnes Scott Offers Diverse German Studies Experience

Oktoberfest, beer, and blue-eyed, blond people dancing to oompah music–anyone who is involved in the teaching or promotion of German language and culture in the US has encountered these stereotypes and has probably felt torn between catering to them and deconstructing them. In a recent NYT article, these stereotypes were cited as a problem and…

Hitler and the United States

The Emory Jewish Studies Department will host an event that might be of interest to ASC’s students, especially those in German Studies, History, IR, Political Science, and Religious Studies: