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Secure KU Endowment Donation Link to the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

Since the late nineteenth century, when William Herbert Carruth became the first professor of German at KU in 1887 and Elmer Franklin Engel and Alberta Lincoln Corbin joined him in the 1890s, KU has had a tradition of offering students the opportunity to learn one of the world's major languages and study the culture of Central Europe. During J. Anthony “Toni” Burzle's tenure as department chair in the 1950s and 1960s, the department was in the forefront of establishing opportunities for our students to study language and culture in Germany.

Our program in German Studies today, however, relies very much on the generosity of our former students. We hear from many of you that the courses you took in our department and the summer, semester, or year you spent in Germany were among the highlights of your undergraduate career. With your help we continue to offer our students a vibrant degree program with high quality, life-changing experiences on the Lawrence campus (both in and outside of the classroom) and abroad in German-speaking Europe. We invite you to explore this website to learn more about German Studies at KU today.

Currently, our greatest need is for general use funds to support the ongoing research and educational activities of the department and replace revenue that is being lost to budget cuts as a result of decreases in state funding. Such support for our faculty, students, and program would be greatly appreciated.

Herzlichen Dank und beste Grüße!
Nina Vyatkina, Chair and Professor

[With thanks to Prof. William Keel, who composed this historical narrative.]


You may give online safely through KU Endowment. Online giving is secure, speedy and simple. For information on other ways to give, please visit the KU Endowment web site. For information on other opportunities to assist the Department, please contact Prof. Nina Vyatkina, at vyatkina@ku.edu.


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