Author Archives: Department of German

The View From Here: Newsletter 2022/23

Letter from the Chair Dear Friends of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, It was a delight to see students and faculty begin return to the Department and our beautiful campus in 2021-22 and we look forward to even more in-person events and activities becoming possible this academic year. My thanks to everyone for their positivity and support throughout this challenging time. During the past academic year, the Department was engaged in a comprehensive cyclical review mandated by the Province of Ontario. The consultation process encompassed faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, colleagues in our administrative offices and faculty from other units and programs. The nearly 200-page final document submitted in spring 2022 reports on everything from curriculum and learning objectives, student satisfaction and course enrolment, our success in securing external grants and research output, to faculty and administrative structure and our physical spaces. A concluding ‘Future Directions’ section identifies in broad terms a course for renewing our programs and activities on a number of levels. In the meantime, we’ve received the comments of our external reviewers, senior colleagues at institutions in Canada and abroad. In addition to praising our wonderful students, strong undergraduate and graduate programs, pioneering outreach initiatives ... Read More »

Graduate Study in German & Yiddish @ U of Toronto: Online Info Session Thurs Nov 24, 1 p.m.

The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Toronto is inviting applications to our Graduate Program in German and Yiddish Literature, Culture and Theory. We will be holding two online information sessions: one this coming Thursday 24 November at 1pm , another on Tuesday 20 December at 4pm Eastern Time. Please join us at Read More »

Becoming Black: Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker in Attendance, Thurs., Nov. 24, 5 pm

Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker in AttendanceBecoming Black, 90 min.Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, University of Toronto5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 24, 2022 Please join us for a public film screening of the thought-provoking German autobiographical documentary, Becoming Black with the Berlin-based director Ines Johnson-Spain in attendance. The film has travelled globally and found resonance across peoples and cultures. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker moderated by University of Toronto Professors Angelica Fenner and Azadeh Sharifi. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, the Cinema Studies Institute, and the DAAD. Read More »

Kaffeestunde: Thursday, February 2 at 2 pm

Dear undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty of the German Department: We’d like to invite all of you to our Kaffeestunde (coffee hour), the German Department’s social gathering of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. Let’s meet and mingle over coffee, tea and Keksen for an informal chat in German. The Kaffeestunde will take place every first Thursday and third Friday of the month from 2-3 p.m. in the Lounge of the German Department, Odette Hall 301. Please join us for our next Kaffeestunde on Thursday, February 2 at 2 pm. *Help us protect the environment and bring your own reusable cup* Angelica Fenner Acting Chair Read More »