German Department

Network@1800: A Digital Humanities Perspective on European Cultural History

The sympomsium Network@1800: New Directions in German and European Cultural Studies brings together twenty-two scholars from across the US, Canada, and Germany to discuss new ways of looking at European cultural history in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It’s being held April 6-8, 2017, with an opening lecture April 5. With funding from Bowdoin, the Federal Republic of Germany through the German […]

Singing Karaoke, in Different Languages

Several teaching fellows at Bowdoin recently threw a karaoke party on campus to encourage students to practice their language skills while having a good time.

Refugees, Xenophobia, and Modern Germany Are Focus of Bowdoin Embassy Grant

The nationally competitive grant funds a number of events examining xenophobia and the refugee crisis in modern day German-speaking countries.

Bowdoin Opens Academic Year with 215th Convocation

The College’s annual Convocation ceremony, marking the official opening of its 215th academic year, was held August 30, 2016, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.

Green Summers: Case Studies of Environmental Internships

Each summer, many Bowdoin students pursue internships or jobs in the environmental field. Some of them are supported by college grants, both from Bowdoin’s Career Planning office and the Environmental Studies program. Below are stories of three students with College fellowships who are contributing in some way to the environment.

Sex Talk: Invited Scholars Assess Impact of Alfred Kinsey 1916

The contribution of renowned sexologist Alfred Kinsey, class of 1916, was front and center at a recent two day symposium organized by Bowdoin and feauring invited panelists.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Bowdoin a Top School for Fulbright Students

In 2015, Bowdoin students were awarded 17 Fulbright fellowships, making Bowdoin College one of the highest ranked undergraduate institutions for producing Fulbright scholars.

German Professor Steven Cerf to Receive 2016 Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff

Steven Cerf, Bowdoin’s George Lincoln Skolfield Jr. Professor of German Emeritus, has been chosen to receive the 2016 Alumni Service Award for Faculty and Staff, presented each year for service and devotion to Bowdoin, its students and alumni.

Invited Speaker Reflects on Germany 25 Years After Unification

An academic whose focus includes East Germany and gender theory recently visited Bowdoin to give a talk on the effects of unification 25 years after the historic joining of East and West Germany.

A Year of Faculty Grants, Fellowships and Honors

Over the past year, Bowdoin faculty from every corner of campus received grants and fellowships to support new and ongoing research projects. Others were honored for their work.

Round-Up: Fellowships, Scholarships Take Students Far Into Studies

This year, many Bowdoin seniors and alumni were awarded some of the country’s most prestigious national fellowships and grants, helping them launch careers in academia, public service, medicine and more.

Fulbright Fellowships Open Worlds to Bowdoin Students

Thirteen Bowdoin seniors — as well as two recent graduates — have won Fulbright fellowships this year to teach English or conduct research in countries around the world.

An Illuminating Night at the Opera with Prof. Steve Cerf

Bowdoin’s George Lincoln Skolfield Jr. Professor of German Emeritus, escorted more than 50 Bowdoin alumni to Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center Saturday, March 21, 2015.

College Houses Become Cultural Sites For a Week

For the college’s inaugural Language and Culture Week, each of the eight College Houses adopted a language and threw a series of events in honor of some of the cultures that speak that language.

Bowdoin Among Top Producers of US Fulbright Students

Bowdoin College is among the country’s top producers of Fulbright students for 2014-2015, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

A Bowdoin Reading List

Somehow, in the midst of all of their teaching and research, professors at Bowdoin also find time to write books. Check out these recent and upcoming titles by faculty members.

Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.

Bowdoin Professors Win Honors and Grants

Bowdoin faculty members across the sciences and humanities continue to garner awards for their work – including research grants, scholarly accolades, and fellowships abroad – from institutions such as the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.

Chemistry, German Professors Appointed to Endowed Chairs

Two faculty members have been newly appointed to endowed chairs at Bowdoin: chemistry professor Elizabeth Stemmler and German associate professor Jill Smith.

How the Warburg Institute Brought Antiquity to the Masses

In the mid-20th century, London’s Warburg Institute was educating the public about the roots of Western civilization. But how?