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Welcome to the Waterloo Centre for German Studies

The members of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies (WCGS) conduct research on the language, culture, and society of German-speaking peoples, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The Centre offers a wide range of educational and cultural activities for the academy and the broader community. This website provides some information about the WCGS in general, about upcoming events, and about ongoing research projects. We also keep a current list of the newest book publications by our members.

  1. Dec. 14, 2017Sara Dyck, Wife of GSS Founding Chair J. William Dyck, Passes Away

    From The Record, an article about Sarah Dyck, who passed away last month. Mrs. Dyck's husband, J. William Dyck, was the founding chair of the university's Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.

  2. Nov. 30, 2017WCGS Director Gives Talk on the History of Christmas TraditionsHeadshot of WCGS Director James Skidmore

    On Tuesday, November 28th, WCGS Director James Skidmore gave a talk on the history of Christmas traditions in German-speaking Europe. The event was connected with Kitchener's Christkindl Market, which opens next week, on Thursday, December 7th.

  3. Nov. 30, 2017Have a Say in our Reading Group's Next Meeting & Book TitleCover art for

    Every semester, the Waterloo Centre for German Studies's reading group meets on a weeknight evening to discuss a book that is somehow related to German-speaking culture. These have been our past titles:

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