Dear all,
As soon as possible, I will send one or more additional emails regarding the GEO strike that begins tomorrow, but I need more information before I can do so ==> the remainder of this email is written as if there were no strike. Please assume that any events mentioned below might be cancelled or rescheduled. In each case, it may be best to contact the organizer if you are considering attending (or possibly if you have questions related to not attending, in order to support the strike). If you cannot find that person’s contact info, please let me know and I will try to help!
The German Club at the University of Michigan will have two remotely held mass meetings, which I encourage you to attend: these meetings are scheduled for Monday, September 7, 8 p.m., and Tuesday, September 8, 8 p.m. [I’m sorry this email comes too late for tonight’s meeting, and hope you can make it tomorrow, or to the tail end of tonight’s meeting!]
Starting tomorrow, many conversation opportunities will begin: Mary Gell will host a “German Convo on the Go” while Silvia Grzeskowiak will have the “German Convo Home Edition” for those who prefer to speak German via Zoom.  The Max-Kade German Residence will have “Kaffeestunde“, “Yoga auf Deutsch“, and “Deutschtisch” remotely this week so that everyone can attend.
The September 15 deadlines for our study abroad programs in Tübingen and Freiburg are coming up – please see the “Upcoming Deadlines and Events” section in the full text of this email, for links to more info.
Looking ahead to summer 2021, you can apply for a summer internship position in Germany through Cultural Vistas.  Although the application deadline is as late as Thursday, December 3, it is better to apply early so that the placement process may begin this Fall.  Current first-year students are not encouraged to apply yet.
On Thursday, September 10, one of our alums will give a presentation about her career as a photographer and photojournalist.  Kirsten Kortebein’s work has appeared, among others in the New York Times.
The “German Lab” opens this Tuesday. It is a virtual office hour taking place Monday-Thursday 1-4 pm. You can ask shorter and longer questions, come for conversation practice, help with homework etc. Here is more info about the German Lab – please take advantage of this great resource! Please sign up in advance on the German Lab Signup: instructors will check the signup at the beginning of their German Lab hour, and will leave the lab for that hour if no one has signed up.
Other highlights from this week’s email, and what section to check for more details:
  • Conversation Opportunities – Conversation Hours, German Lab
  • Study Abroad, Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info
  • Advising Info – German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German
  • Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
  • International Center Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list – Miscellaneous
  • Student Resources for Learning Remotely; Virtual BlueCorps office hours for students – Miscellaneous
  • Study Advice: “Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID” – Miscellaneous
  • Finding German Films and Series Online – Miscellaneous
Winter 2021 Term in Freiburg (Tuesday, September 15; Application Deadline)
Winter 2021 Term in Tübingen (Tuesday, September 15; Application Deadline)
German Conversation Hours – “German Convo on the Go” (Tuesday, September 8, 5-6 p.m., Bell Tower) and “German Convo Home Edition (Wednesday, September 9, 6-7 p.m. EDT, Virtual)
Max-Kade Event: “Kaffeestunde (Thursday, September 10; 8-9 p.m., Virtual)
Max-Kade Event: “Yoga auf Deutsch (Friday, September 11; 3 p.m., Virtual)
Max-Kade Event: “Deutschtisch (Sunday, September 12; 6-7 p.m., Virtual)
Fund for Education Abroad: Winter 2021 Scholarships (Wednesday, September 16; 12 p.m., Application Deadline)

German Convo on the Go” (Tuesdays 5-6) and “German Convo Home Edition” (Wednesdays 6-7) will meet weekly. More details:

  • German Convo on the Go” will take place in person, outdoors, Tuesdays from 5-6, meet at the Bell Tower facing the League between 5-5:10 and then, weather permitting, we’ll head out from there for a chat and stroll. Email Mary Gell at if you are late and need to find the group.
  • German Convo Home Edition” will take place remotely each week, regardless of the weather conditions on the internet (haha). Here is the Zoom link.
  • All students at all levels are welcome to come and chat in German at both meetings!

Look for links to Max Kade events (Kaffeestunde, Deutschtisch, Yoga auf Deutsch) in the “Upcoming Deadlines and Events” section!

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!

Ann Arbor Stammtisch

  • We assume Stammtisch is on hiatus for now. Please let us know if you have information about virtual meetings of the Stammtisch, so we can include it here!
  • 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 Mechthild Heerde-Olind at for the current location and for more information.
  • 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 – Mass Meetings (Monday, September 7, 8 p.m., and Tuesday, September 8, 8 p.m., Virtual)
The German Club works to connect students of all levels with a passion for German language and culture to opportunities for language practice, cultural events, and networking! This semester, its events have been adjusted to allow for fully remote participation, and you are encouraged to come to as many or few as you would like! In addition to virtual Stammtisch (German conversation table), the German Club will offer online game nights where you can win German Club swag, virtual German cook-alongs, tutoring, and more.

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

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.

    • Mary and Kalli will advise you remotely. Email them or see the info below to find out whether/when they are available to advise you in Spring/Summer.
    • Mary Rodena-Krasan (
      • Mary’s available office hours this week:
        Monday, September 7: 1:15-4:45 p.m.,
        Tuesday, September 8: 1:15-4:45 p.m.,
        Wednesday, September 9: 1:15-4:45 p.m.,
        Thursday, September 10: 1:15-4:45 p.m.,
        and by appointment
        Mary’s Zoom Link for Office Hours:
    • Karl-Georg Federhofer (
      • Kalli’s available office hours this week:
        Monday, September 7: 10-11 a.m., 1:30-6, 8-10 p.m.,
        Tuesday, September 8: 8-2 p.m., 4-5 p.m., 8-10 p.m.,
        Wednesday, September 9: 10-11 a.m., 1:30-6, 8-10 p.m.,
        Thursday, September 10: 1:30-3:30 p.m., 8-10 p.m.,
        Friday, September 11: 9-11 a.m., 1:30-6 p.m.,
        Sunday, September 13: 8-10 p.m.,
        and by appointment
        Kalli’s Zoom Link for Office Hours:
    • To reach either advisor:
    • You can also schedule appointments with Mary & Kalli by clicking here
    • …and you can contact Kalli via text message (734-277-7341) or via Facebook (Kalli Federhofer)

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

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.

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!

Study Advice: “Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID”

  • If you are looking for ways to structure studying under these new circumstances, here is some great advice for adjusting your study habits. VIELEN Dank to the German Club’s Paul Chamberlain for finding this. It is full of excellent advice. I am a big fan of the “Pomodoro method” for focussed “mono-tasking.”

Student Resources for Learning Remotely; Virtual BlueCorps office hours for students

Finding German Films and Series