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Our department specializes in the study of language, applied linguistics, literature, and film and visual culture.  We have active graduate and undergraduate programs in German and Russian, and we also offer courses in Croatian and Dutch.

The Romantic Art of Homeopathy

Grimm lecture posterHomeopathy is a controversial form of alternative medicine. Some consider it a miracle, others a sham. But where did it all start?

Alice Kuzniar, Professor of German and English at the University of Waterloo, is currently working on her fifth book, The Romantic Art of Homeopathy. In a talk on 25 September 2015, Prof. Kuzniar will review numerous ways in which homeopathy is a product of its time. Referencing German philosophers, poets, physicists, and physicians from around 1800, she’ll look at the pervasive notion in Romantic science of a “vital life force” and how it informed homeopathy’s concepts of healing.

Find out more at the WCGS Events page.

The creativity of our students

Berlin WallOne of the best things about learning a second language is that it allows you to become creative in a whole new way. This past year some of our students have produced course projects that demonstrate just how inventive they can be when learning about German language and culture. Have a look at a couple of the projects and see for yourself!

Reunion 2015

Reunion 2015

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