German Studies is awarded CLAS Grant for “Decolonizing Area Studies: Towards Intercultural Citizenship and Social Justice”

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences issued a call for proposals in the summer for a “NEW CLAS GRANTS INITIATIVE: Anti-Racist Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Workplace Climate.” The College awarded four grants to interdisciplinary projects across CLAS. One of the grants was awarded to three members of the German Studies Section, Anke Finger, Isabell Sluka and Manuela Wagner, […]

The New Connecticut / Baden-Württemberg Human Rights Research Consortium: Cutting-Edge Scholarship across the Atlantic

At a time when international travel is coming to a standstill and people are quarantined in their homes, a newly created consortium is bringing together researchers from leading centers of human rights research in Connecticut and the German State of Baden-Württemberg. Since December 2019, Professors Sebastian Wogenstein and Katharina von Hammerstein (both German Studies, UConn) […]

UConn German Studies featured in UConn Today

The recent Chronicle of Higher Education placement of UConn’s German Studies program as the top #4 in the nation has prompted UConn Today to investigate more deeply what makes our program shine: What is the program’s secret to success? Dedicated faculty, graduate assistants and students testify to an innovative mix of internationally recognized scholarship, intercultural […]

Katharina von Hammerstein named Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

Our own Katharina von Hammerstein achieved rare distinction this April: the university bestowed upon her the title “Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor.” UConn Today summarizes her many accomplishments over the course of years of productivity at UConn: The award is the highest honor that the University bestows on faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, […]

Manuela Wagner promoted to Full Professor

This April, our own Manuela Wagner was promoted to Full Professor – congratulations, Manuela!!! Manuela Wagner is a specialist in the integration of Intercultural Competence and Intercultural Citizenship in world language education and across the curriculum from elementary school through post-secondary education. She is particularly interested in the interplay of theory and practice and has […]

Surprise Online Graduation Ceremony for German Studies Seniors

On April 28th, the German Studies faculty surprised the senior class in their Capstone seminar with a visit online in full regalia – complete with a featured speaker from the German Consulate in Boston, Elizabeth von Wagner, the Cultural and Press Affairs Officer. While most colleges and universities have cancelled graduation ceremonies and commencement due […]

UConn German Studies placed #4 nationally by Chronicle of Higher Education

In an article on “Which Colleges Grant the Most Bachelor’s Degrees in Foreign Languages?,” published in the Chronicle of Higher Education in January 2019, the UConn German Studies program was placed #4 nationally, based on the number of majors graduated.  Most of the colleges that conferred bachelor’s degrees on the highest numbers of majors in […]

Prof. Manuela Wagner publishes “Intercultural Citizenship Across the Curriculum” with ACTFL

Together with Michael Byram and Fabiana Cardetti, Prof. Wagner co-authored the highly visible, authoritative “Intercultural Citizenship Across the Curriculum,” focusing on the role of language education. This ACTFL publication has been widely received and much applauded, and follows Prof. Wagner’s previous publication on intercultural citizenship from principles to practice. Here’s a short description of the […]

UConn Today features German Studies’ Alexa Kugler

Alexa is about to graduate with a double major in pathobiology and German Studies. Here she describes some of the influences UConn has had on her studies: Name two other experiences that have enriched your studies. One of my goals for undergrad was to improve my German language skills, so from March through August 2019, […]

Immersion Day for 100 CT German High School Students

On November 14, almost 100 students taking German at Mansfield, Cheshire and Westport High Schools joined us on the UConn, Storrs, campus to hear an impressive talk by Alex Dumschott (Eurotech alumnus) about how he applied his German language and culture knowledge in his career; get a taste of German classes here at UConn from […]

Digital Humanities and UConn at the German Studies Association in Portland, OR

At this year’s annual German Studies Association conference in Portland, OR, three members of the UConn German Studies section will present their work and add to the lively discussion around how digital scholarship and teaching diversify the German Studies field in both content and method. Stefan Bronner, Britta Meredith and Anke Finger (a co-founder of […]

Do passion and emotion have a place in academia?

In June 2019, Prof. Stefan Bronner co-organized a conference to discuss the need for more passionate engagement in the humanities. Numerous speakers addressed the need for more personal involvement, sharing, addressing the rule of ‘ratio’ and more. For more information and to watch some of the video captures, visit the site and contribute to the […]