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…

Study Abroad Info Session

For all interested students, including German 101: Where can you study abroad in German-speaking countries? Get up-to-date info from German and Austrian exchange students and American study-abroad “veterans”. See the flyer for details and e-mail Dr. Barbara Drescher at with additional questions.

American and British Caricatures of “The Germans”

Professor Christoph Ehland from the University of Paderborn, Germany, will deliver a lecture, “Two World Wars & The Making of Stereotypical Germans in British and American Culture.” Thursday, February 7, 6-7pm in Bullock Science, Teasley Lecture Hall (G-09). The event is free and open to the public.

A New Wave of “Gastarbeiter”?

In 2011 Germany celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first guest worker treaty. (At ASC we marked that historical moment with two lectures by historian Rita Chin and German-Turkish author Yadé Kara.) In 2012 it seems as if history will repeat itself, albeit in a different context. Following the great recession that began in 2008,…

Gerhard Richter

Great article in the NYT about the big Gerhard Richter exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Richter will turn 80 this month, and the show offers a big retrospective of his impressive work. Here’s an interview with Gerhard Richter from 2006 (in English):

Playing for Germany = Playing for the Murderers?

Today’s NYT has an article featuring Evan Kaufmann, Minnesota-born hockey player who is now on Germany’s national team. While an accelerated trading of citizenships is not uncommon in the world of sports, Kaufmann’s case sticks out because of his family history: His great-grandparents and one grandparent had been murdered by the Nazis. While representatives of…

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:

Germany, Europe, and the Euro

As a follow-up to the French-German event in Atlanta last Thursday, listen to This American Life’s feature on the history of the Euro. Told in an entertaining and accessible way, the piece contains a lot of helpful historical information.

Weimar is Now, Again

As I mentioned to students again and again, the Weimar Republic just won’t stop shaping contemporary Germany’s actions. The New York Times’ Joe Nocera has an interesting op-ed in which he compares Germany’s current unwillingness to repress moralistic impulses in favor of pragmatic economics with the Allied nations’ insistence that Germany keep paying its high…

Books on Weimar

This is a somewhat belated response to a recent request for a list of the books used in German 200 “Weimar Germany.” Most of the readings were from these books: Isenberg, Noah, ed. Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era. New York, Columbia UP, 2009. Assembling a who’s who of Weimar…

German Identity

The New York Times has an interesting article about Germany and a change in the way it views its national identity. Twenty years after reunification, Germany has come to terms with itself in a way that the postwar generation proclaimed would never be possible and Ms. Schlöndorff’s post-Berlin Wall generation finds completely natural. The shift…