Dear all,
 

We offer two weekly conversation opportunities for you to practice your German in an informal context. You can earn 2 “A&P Tally” make-up points by attending.

  • "German Convo on the Go" will meet on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. sharp at Burton Tower for a 1-hour walk and talk with Mary Gell (magell "at" umich.edu). This event happens rain or shine---in case of rain, the group would meet under the tent next to Burton Tower.
  • "Schokoladenstunde" will convene on Mondays 5-6 p.m. in the Language Resource Center in North Quad (in the comfortable seating area between the two computer classrooms). There will be some German chocolate to snack on. Silvia Grzeskowiak (sgrzesko "at" umich.edu) will bring games, and the hour will be spent chatting and playing games in German (e.g. Tabu).

The German Club will have two mass meetings this week.

  • in-person on Tuesday, September 7, 7-7:30 p.m., at Space 2435 in North Quad. All attendees must be masked and show their ResponsiBlue at the door.
  • The second mass meeting will be virtual on Wednesday, September 8, 7-7:30 p.m. and can be accessed using this Zoom link. You must login with your umich email to join.

Our new club 'Schriftlich,' which aims to publish undergraduate work in an electronic journal, will also have in-person and remote mass meetings this week; please click the link for details!

This Thursday, September 9, 4-5 p.m., four alums of the German Department will talk (via Zoom) about their careers since they graduated with a German major/minor. You can find more information here. This event will be recorded, and you will find the link to the recording in this email next week.

The application deadline for Tübingen (Winter 2022) is set for Wednesday, September 15.  If you have any questions about the program, please don't hesitate to reach out to Mary Rodena-Krasan or Kalli Federhofer via germanadvising@umich.edu.

All students are welcome to participate in weekly German Club events (see the mass meeting info above!) and in “Kaffeestunde” and “Deutschtisch.” Kaffeestunde and Deutschtisch are coordinated through the Max Kade German Residence. Look for more details in future emails!

  • You can earn 2 “A&P Tally” make-up points by attending any of these events! (German Club, Kaffeestunde, Deutschtisch)
The “German Lab” is a virtual office hour taking place Monday-Thursday 1-4 pm. It opened today. 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.
 
Advisor office hours and contact info: You can reach the German advisors through a general email: germanadvising@umich.edu. We have two advisors. They are available for advising hours throughout the semester:
A link to their current office hours will always be included in the full text of these weekly emails, which you can find online:  scroll down to the section “German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German.” You can schedule appointments with Mary and Kalli here.
 
In case your schedule may still change this semester, here is the list of German dept. classes offered in Fall 2021. Please note that even if you already know your plans for German language classes, the list also includes a wide variety of interesting courses in English. If you have questions please contact our advisors, Mary and Kalli. We also strongly encourage you to contact one of the German Peer Mentors, who are undergraduates and who have taken/are taking our German courses. See the “German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German” section below for contact info.
 
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
  • Reserving Study Spaces on Campus – Miscellaneous
  • Finding German Films and Series Online - Miscellaneous
  • Arts & Culture “Attend at Home” event listings – Local Events and Opportunities
German Conversation Opportunities - "German Convo on the Go" (Tuesday, September 7; 6 p.m., Burton Tower) and "Schokoladenstunde" (Monday, September 13; 5 p.m., Language Resource Center, North Quad)
 
German Club - Mass Meetings (Tuesday, September 7; 7 p.m., North Quad 2435 and Wednesday, September 8, 7 p.m., Virtual)
 
Schriftlich - Mass Meetings (Wednesday, September 8; 6 p.m., Mason Hall 3411 and Thursday, September 9, 8 p.m., Virtual)
 
German Alum Career Panel (Thursday, September 9; 4-5 p.m., Virtual)
 
Study Abroad in Germany - Winter 2022 Term in Tübingen (Wednesday, September 15; Application Deadline)
 
Study Abroad in Germany - Winter 2022 Metropolitan Studies in Berlin (Wednesday, September 15; Application Deadline)
 
Internships with U.S. State Department - Information Session (Wednesday, September 22; 6-7:30 p.m., Virtual)

We offer two weekly conversation opportunities for you to practice your German in an informal context. You can earn 2 “A&P Tally” make-up points by attending.

  • "German Convo on the Go" will meet on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. sharp at Burton Tower for a 1-hour walk and talk with Mary Gell (magell "at" umich.edu). This event happens rain or shine---in case of rain, the group would meet under the tent next to Burton Tower.
  • "Schokoladenstunde" will convene on Mondays 5-6 p.m. in the Language Resource Center in North Quad (in the comfortable seating area between the two computer classrooms). There will be some German chocolate to snack on. Silvia Grzeskowiak (sgrzesko "at" umich.edu) will bring games, and the hour will be spent chatting and playing games in German (e.g. Tabu).

The Max Kade German House in North Quad will host a weekly Deutschtisch and a weekly Kaffeestunde. Look for more details in future emails! You can earn 2 “A&P Tally” make-up points by attending any of these events!

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

  • 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 heerdeolind@yahoo.com 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.
Check the "Upcoming Deadlines and Events" section to see upcoming German Club events. You can earn 2 “A&P Tally” make-up points by attending any of these events!
 
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. You are encouraged to come to as many or few events as you would like!

Email germaneboard@umich.edu to get put on the email list, or "like" the club on Facebook at facebook.com/germanclubumich 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.

German Peer Advisors/Mentors

If you would like to get in touch with a peer mentor in our Department, please write to: germanmentors@umich.edu. 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]

Check out the arts.umich.edu “Attend at Home” event listing for this week via the tile/link on this page. Each week’s listing includes a wide range of exciting events, including
  • that week’s Penny Stamps Lecture (A high-profile artist or public figure speaks about their work each week. These lectures are a highlight of UM’s intellectual life. If you aren’t aware of this series, please read more about the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series here, where you can also see a list of upcoming speakers)
  • virtual exhibits, lectures, discussions etc.

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: https://www.facebook.com/umichGerman/

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!

The Study Spaces at U-M website helps you find and reserve study spaces.

Finding German Films and Series