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Activities and Events

Each quarter we have lots of exciting events happening on campus like conversation hours, film nights, game nights, and more! 

Highlights Fall 2017:

election watch party

German Election Results Watch Party: Sunday, Sept. 24 at 11am-1pm with brunch in Dewing 206. Who will be Germany's next chancellor? And which political parties have won (and lost) in the recent election? And why does this matter? Come join us for a German-style brunch and watch the 2017 election results come in on live TV! All are welcome!  Thanks to the departments of Economics & Business, Political Science, and International and Area Studies for their support!


What is it like to study in Germany? A presentation by our TAs from the Uni Potsdam and Uni Erlangen. 
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6pm in Dewing 200

Here is an overview of our regularly offered activities - follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get updates about other events!


Stammtisch: Montags, 21.00-22.00

Students can gather weekly at the coffee shop in the library to chat auf Deutsch with one another and the Teaching Assistants from Germany while drinking some nice hot or cold drink from the café!

Spielstunde: Montags, 20.00-21.00

Game nightThis is our German "family game night," or in this case, game hour (Spiel + Stunde). German students have the opportunity to meet weekly at the coffee shop in the library to play German versions of popular American games (Clue = Cluedo, for example) or to play games about Germany itself (e.g. Deutschlandreise). Facilitated by the TAs from Germany, Spielstunde is an excellent opportunity for those beginning to learn German; it offers an informal setting and the potential to practice numbers & colors (with Uno, for example) and other useful German game expressions.


The German Department often shows popular German films that serve as an extracurricular extension of what students learn in the classroom about German culture. Some of the most recent films that have been shown include: Das Leben der Anderen, Good Bye, Lenin!, and Sonnenallee.

The theme for the film series in Fall 2017 is "Rebels of German History." Join us for film nights and learn about the RAF, Sophie Scholl, and Katharina Luther. 


Every year in May the German Department organizes a May Fest, usually on the Upper Quad, during which students can eat, talk in German to one another and the professors, and win prizes from the German Dept.'s stash of posters, books, puzzles, and games!


Other activities are also offered periodically during the year; sometimes professors will invite classes to their homes for finger foods or dinner to foster community within the German Department. Start learning German and become a part of unserer deutschen Familie!