• Liliane Weissberg Joins the Board of the Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin

    January 11, 2018

    Liliane Weissberg has been elected to the Academic Advisory Board of the Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM).

  • A Celebration of Horst Daemmrich, Professor Emeritus

    December 14, 2017

    Many generations of Penn Germanics faculty, alumni and current students gathered to celebrate our colleague and friend, Horst Daemmrich, Professor Emeritus, and to launch his new book, Vergangenheit, on the role of the past in contemporary German literature.

  • Dr. Christina Frei receives the Outstanding Educator's Award!

    December 4, 2017

     On Saturday, November 18th, Dr. Christina Frei was honored by the American Association for the Teachers of German (AATG) with the Outstanding Educator's Award at the 2017 ACTFL Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Alexander Botwinik on the Yiddish Voice

    November 16, 2017

    On November 8, 2017, Alexander Botwinik, Yiddish instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, was featured on "The Yiddish Voice" (Dos Yidishe Kol), Boston's weekly Yiddish-language radio show.

  • Courses and Majors Fair

    October 27, 2017

    As always, our lecturers Sibel, Claudia, David, and our work study students Sam Sanders and Patrick Teese were present at the Courses and Majors Fair with a table full of course flyers representing the exciting variety of courses in our department.

  • Interkultureller Austausch

    October 27, 2017

    On the weekend, GRMN 104 and GRMN 107 students met with German volunteers from Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste, ASF, for an exchange and discussion about Freiwilligendienst, Vergangenheitsbewältigung, soziale Bewegungen, and -of course- breakfast! 

  • Ruhr Fellowship in the “Cradle of German Industry”

    September 29, 2017

    After only two semesters of accelerated German, Alexandra Grizos ’17 received the prestigious Ruhr Fellowship and spent this Summer in the Ruhrgebiet immersing herself in both student and work life. Here you can read about her experience in her own words.

  • Zufluchtsort

    September 29, 2017

    An interview with Bethany Wiggin, Founding Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, on the "Data Refuge" project was published in Forschung & Lehre, the German counterpart of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • What Kind of Story Can a Painting Tell?

    September 14, 2017

    Professor Liliane Weissberg discusses the portrait of Paul Ehrlich, the German-Jewish scientist and Nobel Prize laureate.


  • 2017 National Teaching Award Times Two

    September 5, 2017
    Christina Frei receives the 2017 AATG Outstanding German Educator Award and the ACTFL Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.