Dear all,

If you are still looking for opportunities to make up absences, please note that many of them are coming to an end this week. The German Lab will be open next week through Wednesday 4/24. It will be closed for the summer as of Thursday 4/25. This week, Schokoladenstunde takes place on Wednesday as usual, but the Schokoladenstunde that normally takes place on Tuesdays has been moved to Thursday (4/18) 5-6 (see the “Conversation Hours” section). The last “Schokoladenstunde” of the term is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23.

Tomorrow, the students in Vicki Dischler’s German 336 course (German in Song) will give a vocal performance entitled “Songs of Hamburg.”  You should not miss this event 🙂

Check the “German-Related Jobs and Opportunities” section below for an opportunity to do some programming for the German Department!

Please be aware that the German Club will go to Metzger’s this Wednesday.  If you want to join, fill out this registration form.

According to this article, NASA and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) currently offer volunteers €16,500 ($18,500) for the opportunity to lie in bed for two months to help them understand how artificial gravity can affect the human body. Researchers are looking for 12 female and 12 male volunteers, aged between 24 and 55 to spend 60 days in the beds. All volunteers must speak German. Note that if you are in German 101 now, you could take German 102 this Spring, and German 230 this Summer! See the article for info on how to apply.

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) has established a photo contest with the hashtag #BeyondBordersBeyondYourself.  Submit your photos by April 28 and win a round-trip airfare to Germany.

Sign up here for the International Center’s Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list. Weekly emails include info on workshops regarding travel and work abroad, conversation groups, cultural info sessions etc. SEHR interessant!

Please click here to see the list of German classes for Spring, Summer and Fall 2019. If you have questions, please contact one of the German Undergraduate Peer Mentors or contact Mary ( and or Kalli ( during their office hours.

  • If you were to take classes like German 102 or 231 (Spring) or German 230 or 232 (Summer), you can also apply for scholarship opportunities.

Other highlights from this week’s email, and what section to check for more details:

  • German 336 (German in Song) Performance: “Hamburger Schule und Schiffe”: April 16 – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • German Lab, Schokoladenstunde, Conversation/Free-Writing hour, Kaffeestunde, and Deutschtisch – Conversation Hours, German Lab
  • Seeking student with knowledge of PHP for WordPress/Canvas/YouTube project – German-Related Jobs and Opportunities
  • German Club Dinner at Metzger’s Wed 4/17 – German Club
  • Study Abroad, Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info AND Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • German Peer Mentorship Program 2019/2020: Apply by April 18 – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • “Transit” showing at the Michigan Theater – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • Talk on Migration by Director of Max Planck Institute in Rostock: April 15 – Local Events & Opportunities
  • Talk by German Socialist politician on “The Threat of Fascism”: April 15 – Local Events & Opportunities
  • Accelerated Master’s Program in Transcultural Studies (Monday, April 15; Application Deadline) – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • DAAD Photo Contest (deadline 4/28) – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • Advising Hours – German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German
  • Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
  • 2013 BBC Documentary: Make Me a German – Miscellaneous
  • BBC Podcasts on German history – Miscellaneous

Schokoladenstunde (with games!): Wednesday 11-12 AND THURSDAY 5-6 in the Language Resource Center in North Quad. NOTE THE CHANGE IN DAYS FOR THIS WEEK!

NOTE: The last Schokoladenstunde for this semester will be on Tuesday 4/23!

  • Schokoladenstunde will take place in the comfy seating area between the two computer classrooms in the Language Resource Center. There will be some German chocolate there 🙂  All students at all levels are welcome to come and chat and play games in German (e.g. Tabu etc.). Schokoladenstunde will be facilitated this Wednesday by Silvia Grzeskowiak and this Thursday by Mary Gell.
  • If you ask Silvia/Mary to email your instructor that you were there, you can use this to make up 2 “A&P points” in 101-232.

Conversation and Free-Writing Hour: Fridays 11-12, 3117 MLB

NOTE: This will be the last Conversation and Free-Writing Hour for this semester!

  • Informal conversation and free-writing activities. Open to all levels of students.
  • Conducted by Shubhangi Dabak ( – contact her for more info!
  • If you ask Shubhangi to email your instructor that you were there, you can use this to make up 2 “A&P points” in 101-232.

Max Kade Kaffeestunde (Tuesdays 9-10 pm) & Deutschtisch (Sundays 7-8 pm)

  • Kaffeestunde at the Max Kade Haus takes place Tuesdays 9-10 pm in the Said Lounge on the Residential Side of North Quad – but please check this page for occasional updates!
    • The Said Lounge is in the residential portion of North Quad, which is only open to residents ==> when you go, please email Jon (, so that someone can come to the front door and let you in. You can also just knock on the door of the residential portion and tell a residence staff member that you are there for the Max Kade House event, and you will be let in.
  • Deutschtisch in the North Quad dining hall: Sundays 7-8 pm.
    • You will need a meal plan or Entrée Plus to enter, or you can purchase a meal at the door (note that this is not cheap) – but you may also be allowed to come in just to talk and not eat, if you say at the door that you are there for the Max Kade event.
    • The group has yellow signs with “Max Kade Deutschtisch” to identify where they are sitting.
    • For questions, contact Jon (
  • German students at all levels (101 and up) are welcome at all Max Kade events. You can make up “A&P” points in 101-232 by attending Max Kade Deutschtisch or Kaffeestunde [NOT Spazierstunde!]. Just ask Jon to email your instructor that you were there!

German Lab in Alcove B in the Language Resource Center in North Quad is open Mon-Thu 1-4 pm.

Note: the German Lab will be open through Wed 4/24; it will then close until the Fall!

  • The German Lab is open Monday-Thursday 1-4 every week. It’s in Alcove B in the LRC (ground level of North Quad, Room 1500).
  • Go to the German Lab for any kind of help (except we can’t proofread your essays for you): if you need help with homework or a test review sheet (we can proofread your test essays for German 101-231), if you need grammar topics explained or reviewed or need more practice, if you just want to speak some German for fun and/or for your AMD etc. If you have time in the afternoons from 1-4, do your homework in the LRC! Then if you get stuck on something, you can just stop by the German Lab alcove so we can get you unstuck.
  • Click here for more info!

LRC Conversation Partner Site

Go to this page to sign up or find a conversation partner. Please notify the LRC if you notice problems (e.g. outdated records etc.). Don’t be shy: the more people sign up, the better the site will work!

RC Coffee Hour: Mondays 4-5, Greene Lounge, East Quad

  • All are welcome to come to this German conversation hour!
  • This is NOT something you can do to make up an absence, but you can still go for fun and/or write about it for an AMD.

Ann Arbor Stammtisch

  • A German Stammtisch meets once a week, usually on Thursdays at 8:00 pm at Grizzly Peak or another bar near Main Street. Join the email list to stay up-to-date on where and when the group will meet.
  • There’s also a facebook page: look for “German Table / Stammtisch”
  • Alternatively, contact Andy Kasten at for the current location and for more information. Wherever the Stammtisch meets, he’ll be wearing a VfB Stuttgart soccer jersey — Debitel on the front, Bordon #5 on the back. It’s white with a red collar and stripes.
  • This is NOT something you can do to make up an absence, but you can still go for fun and/or write about it for an AMD.

German Club – Dinner at “Metzger’s (Wednesday, April 17; 7 p.m., 305 N Zeeb Road)

Questions/Comments: email Parker Hill (

Email to get put on the email list, or “like” the club on Facebook at for updates!

Please note that by attending German Club meetings, you can make up “A&P” points in German 101-232. Just ask one of the German Club officers to email your instructor (or write a note) saying you were there!

Faculty Advisors Mary Rodena-Krasan & Kalli Federhofer

  • Contact our two faculty advisors, Mary or Kalli, for advice on study abroad, internships abroad, a German major/minor, upper-level German courses, career opportunities in German, study-abroad and work-abroad opportunities, etc. They have frequent office hours in Fall/Winter, as follows:
  • Mary Rodena-Krasan (MLB 3128;
    • Her office hours in the Winter term are:
      T,TH 11-4 p.m.
  • Karl-Georg Federhofer (MLB 3422;
    • His next office hours will take place on these days:
      Monday, April 15: 10-11:30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.,
      Tuesday, April 16: 10-12:30 p.m.,
      Wednesday, April 17: 10-11:30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.,
      Thursday, April 18: 10-12:30, 2:30-4:30 p.m.,
      Friday, April 19: 10-11:30, 1:15-2, 3-4:30 p.m.,
      and by appointment
  • To reach either advisor:
  • You can also schedule appointments with Mary & Kalli by clicking here

German Peer Advisors/Mentors

If you would like to get in touch with a peer mentor in our Department, please write to: Their expertise includes:

  • Current classes and potential courses
  • Study abroad, internship, and traveling in Germany
  • Academic requirements (major/minor, LSA language requirement) and combination (engineering, pre-health, etc.)
  • Max Kade House
  • Departmental scholarships/fellowships
  • On- and off-campus German opportunities (German Club, German Day, etc.)
  • Career/job search
  • Getting involved – enhancing your undergraduate experience with the German Department

[This page will only include entries in this category when there is a job/internship etc. aimed at German students at all levels. To see more internship and job opportunities, scroll through Kalli’s blog, addressed to all upper-level German students]

Seeking student with knowledge of PHP for WordPress/Canvas/YouTube project

We are looking to hire a student with knowledge of PHP for a programming project. The student would design a WordPress site that would give instructors a user-friendly interface for entering links to YouTube videos, together with info to help students understand them (lyric videos, annotated and “regular” lyrics online, and any additional info written by the instructors). The site would display a random video each time it is visited. In addition, the student would program a plugin to allow each visitor to the Canvas home page of a participating German course to see what video they would see via the WordPress site if they clicked. Time permitting, the student would also write (or find) a plugin to let students up- or downvote videos they watch. The work would be paid at a rate of $12/hr. If you could do this and are interested, please email Hartmut a short description of your qualifications for the project!

There are two German Department facebook groups:

  • “German Advising at University of Michigan” [Read news here!]
    • Join this group to see much of the information you see in this email, as well as other relevant info, in the form of individual announcement posts.
  • “German Program at University of Michigan – Vorwärts Blau!” [Post things here!]
    • You are encouraged to join this group to in order to read and post interesting/fun items related to German language and culture. If you have trouble joining the group or posting something, please email Hartmut!

AND there is a German Department facebook page. Check it out:

You can find weekly updates similar to this email but with lots more content on this blog.

We also encourage you to join us on our LinkedIn site: ‘University of Michigan German Department’

You can also follow us on Twitter: @umichGerman

Conversation Partner Options: Various options for finding conversation partners are listed on this page.

2013 BBC Documentary: Make Me a German

The BBC documentary “Make Me a German” follows a BBC reporter and his wife going to Germany for a month and trying to become “average Germans” according to the statistics determined by a marketing research company. There used to be lots of angry comments in the comments section on YouTube about the video being misleading in various ways – but if one does not hold the video responsible for the impossible task of telling “the truth” about Germany, then it’s an interesting and entertaining hour that provides lots to think about. [The soccer game in which Bayern München beat the Hamburger SV by the memorable score of 9-2 took place in March 2013.]

BBC Podcasts on German history

These BBC Podcasts on German history from 2014 cover a wide variety of topics related to German history, ranging from Charlemagne to sausage and beer…