Co-Curricular Opportunities


Organized by our Graduate Teaching Assistants, the Kaffeestunde is an informal gathering of students who want to have fun speaking German outside of the classroom. The meetings take place place in the department's conference room, 2085 Wescoe.

German Club

The University of Kansas German Club will be reactivated during academic year 2013-2014. A student organization, the German Club will be involved with departmental events and plan social activities. We encourage all students interested in the language and culture of German-speaking Europe to get involved! For more information, please contact the German Club Advisor, Prof. Ari Linden,

Departmental Lectures

The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures sponsors lectures throughout the year, usually in collaboration with other campus units such as the European Studies Program, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the KU Max Kade Center, and the School of Business. The lectures are free and open to the public and many will count toward GAP (Global Awareness Program) credit. Watch the departmental calendar for event information!

GAGS Conference

The German Association of Graduate Students sponsors a 2-day conference each spring semester that features research presentations from our M.A. and Ph.D. students. In recent years keynote speakers have included Prof. Ann Hedeman, History of Art; Prof. Marike Janzen, Director, Peace & Conflict Studies; Prof. David Smith, Sociology; and Prof. Rebecca Rovit, Theatre. Undergraduates are encouraged to attend talks and learn more about our graduate students' research.

Lied Center of Kansas

The Lied Center of Kansas hosts Lied Center Presents performances, which range from chamber music to Broadway musicals to innovative arts. In recent years, students of German have enjoyed performances of Spring Awakening, the rock musical based on Frank Wedekind's late 19th-century German-language play; the entertaining Mnozil Brass, a Viennese brass septet; and Mummenschanz, the experimental Swiss mime  troupe. The Lied Center has also arranged meet-and-greets with performers: students in German and Theatre had the opportunity to meet with members of the cast and crew of Spring Awakening.

School of Music

The School of Music offers numerous free performances each year that include works by composers from German-speaking Europe. Student, faculty, and professional performances take place in Swarthout Recital Hall, Bales Organ Recital Hall, the Robert Baustian Theatre, and the Lied Center of Kansas.


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