Students and faculty are invited to meet for lunch and informal conversation Thursdays at noon in JRC 224B. Students who are not on the meal plan are guests of the department.
The department is pleased to sponsor or co-sponsor a wide variety of special events, including guest speakers, performances, and other activities related to German-speaking cultures. Previous speakers have included poets Christoph Meckel, Arno Reinfrank; novelist Barbara Frischmuth; modern Germanists Peter Uwe Hohendahl and Jost Hermand, novelist Thomas Pletzinger and Kristoff Magnusson, and Danish holocaust scholar Torben Jørgensen.
Each year the department sponsors a different language assistant from Germany, usually from Freiburg or Berlin. The assistant is an older student who serves as an additional resource for students of German and organizes extracurricular activities that foster students' interest in German culture.
Each spring semester the department hosts a writer-in-residence from Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, who teaches a seven-week mini-course during the spring semester. Established in 1988, this course focuses on the current literary scene in Germany, and includes novelists, essayists, playrwrights, and screen writers. Grinnell's German department is the only one of its size that offers such a program on an annual basis.
The department houses an extensive and growing video and DVD collection of over 300 titles ranging from early cinema classics to contemporary blockbusters. Grinnell has several multimedia consultants on its staff who specifically aid foreign language faculty in integrating the latest media technologies into their teaching.
German House is a residential arrangement where up to 7 students live together with the German Language Assistant in a German-speaking setting. Residents often plan special activities for all students in Grinnell, including Oktoberfest celebrations, a regular Kaffeestunde, and other social activities. German House is located at 1221 Park Street, directly across the street from ARH.
Students and faculty meet every Monday at noon in JRC 224A for informal German conversation. Intermediate to the advanced level students are encouraged to participate, but all students, regardless of their major or formal instruction in German, are invited to practice their Deutsch. Guten Appetit!
The Student Educational Policy Committee, or SEPC, is a student-faculty liaison group which provides faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum, and other departmental issues. It also organizes social events within the department.
The department hires one or two students each spring semester to help teach German 102 lab sections.
For more information, please contact the German Department Chair, Daniel Reynolds.
The department hires one student each semester or year to manage bulletin boards, communicate with majors, maintain the department web page, and provide basic research support for faculty.