Student Field Trip to Philadelphia December 2017
The German Department at Bryn Mawr College took 25 students on a field trip to Brauhaus Schmitz and the Christmas market on Saturday, Dec. 2. For lunch we had Schnitzel, Wurst, Käsespätzle, German potato salad, red cabbage and Apfelschorle. It was a great cultural and social gathering. In fact, we had so much fun that we want to do it again next year!
"The Emperor of China, the Maid of Amsterdam: Early Dutch Book
Daniel L. Purdy
Penn State University
Professor Purdy will discuss the visual strategies of the first European books depicting the travels of Europeans in China and Asia published in Amsterdam in the mid-17th century.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
College Hall 224
German Department Major Representatives
- Dionne Agawu
- Linghan Mei
For more information about the Internationale Sommerkurse 2017 des Sprachenzentrums der Freien Universität Berlin, visit:
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Congratulations to Isabell Gerbig (‘19) for receiving the Hanna Holborn Gray Undergraduate Research Fellowship. With this fellowship, she will be conducting a summer research project in Germany and Taiwan, comparing exile literature authored by émigré writers from German-speaking鄉 [xiāng]), the émigrés’ conflicted identity and relationship to their new Heimat. The research aims to reveal similarities and differences in historical contingencies, human experiences, and cultural productions in the West and the East.
Bi-Co Chamber Singers Tour Germany
Our very own German faculty member, Qinna Shen, has helped plan the Bi-Co Chamber Singers' concert tour in Berlin and Potsdam that took place from January 6 to 15, 2017. Under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, Professor of Music at Haverford College, Chamber Singers collaborated with three German choirs: Chor International in Potsdam, Kammerchor Collegium Musicum Berlin, and the Begegnungschor. The Begegnungschor consists of Germans and refugees primarily from Syria, Eritrea, and Afghanistan. The concert with the Begegnungschor took place at an emergency housing for refugees (Notunterkunft ehemaliges Rathaus Wilmersdorf) and the repertoire included German, English and Arabic folk songs, received enthusiastically by refugees and local audience members. Besides rehearsals and concerts, students also visited a number of cultural highlights in Berlin and Potsdam: the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Jewish Museum, DDR Museum, Wall Museum, the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße, Museum Island, Sanssouci, Glienicke Bridge, etc. For the majority of the students, it was their first trip to Berlin and it has been an eye-opening and very educational week. In turn, Chamber Singers have made a lasting positive impression on the Germans and refugees whom they interacted with. One can find more information about the trip at Professor Lloyd's website:
Student Field Trip to Philadelphia
The German Department organized an excursion to the German restaurant Brauhaus Schmitz and the Christmas Village in downtown Philadelphia on December 3, 2016. Students tasted authentic German/European dishes such as Döner Kebab, Spätzle, Wienerschnitzel, Wurst Platte and Strudel and had a great fun time together!