German Department

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?


Bowdoin Honors Three Retiring Faculty Members

Three faculty members were granted emeritus status during the annual meeting of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees on May 9-11, 2014: DeWitt John, Jorunn Buckley, and Steve Cerf.


A Round of Applause for Steve Cerf

A crowd of admirers waited outside Sills Hall Wednesday afternoon to greet Steve Cerf, soon to be emeritus professor of German, after he finished teaching his final class.


Ying Quartet Brings Musical Perspective to Bowdoin Classes

The Ying Quartet took part in five different Bowdoin classes – spanning topics in history, literature, and culture as well as music – to perform a selection of works related to the course material and engage students in a lively discussion about the music.

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Origin of a Poison

As part of German Week at Bowdoin, Harvard history professor Alison Frank Johnson explained how cocaine’s slide into infamy was a global process that illustrates the complicated relationship between the German and Austrian Empires.


Around the World in Seven Days: World Cinema Film Festival Kicks Off

This week Bowdoin presents the World Cinema Film Festival, drawing upon contemporary films from across the globe and international cinema expertise from across the campus.


Three Bowdoin Seniors Receive Fulbright Research Grants

Three Bowdoin seniors, Kacey Berry, Jacob Blum and Emma Cutler, have received Fulbright Fellowships to support their research next year in Germany, Italy and Sri Lanka, respectively.

Three Seniors Win Fellowships to Germany and Austria

This year, Bowdoin’s German department has announced that three students have received fellowships to study or work in Germany or Austria next year.