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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 we also offer courses in Croatian, Dutch, and Russian.

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  1. Aug. 30, 2016 Fall term about to begin

    No one likes the beginning of September: summer is over, and worse, the mad scramble to get the Fall Term underway leads to stress and depression.

    But not so in the department of Germanic and Slavic Studies! We have a great fall term coming up.

    Here's what to look for in the coming term:

  2. Mar. 8, 2016 Fifth Undergraduate Colloquium in German Studies

    Undergraduate students in German Studies are invited to submit a proposal for the fifth undergraduate colloquium in German Studies.

    Any undergraduate student who has written or is working on a paper on the German language, German-speaking literature, culture, or film, or teaching German as a foreign language, is encouraged to apply.

  3. Dec. 7, 2015WE Go.DEsign event

    Read the report about the Engineering Design and Research Competition presented by the Goethe-Institute in Toronto last week and find out how German and Canadian innovations can be combined!

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  1. Oct. 21, 2016Lives Not Worth Living: Disability, Racism and Eugenics in Nazi Germany

    A public lecture by Dr. Eva Kittay, scholar of disability studies and feminist ethics.

    Dr. Kittay is Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University and an Affiliate of the Stony Brook Women’s Studies Program. She is the author of more than 85 articles, and seven books and edited volumes including Loves’ Labor: Essays on Women, Equality and Dependency.

    She is visiting the University of Waterloo to present a series of lectures in the Department of Philosophy.

  2. Oct. 21, 2016The Linguistics of PsychotherapyThomas Spranz-Fogasy

    To “heal sick people via words” Antiphon of Athens already claimed in the 5th century before Christ. In the 19th century Freud and Breuer stated that signs of hysteria disappeared via talking with the female patients about their triggering memories. Thus, talking was functionalized as the central tool to treat psychic problems and connected somatic symptoms. Clearly, the importance of language is the reason why linguistic and sociological conversation analysis addresses psychotherapy and psychosomatics as relevant fields of research.

  3. Oct. 25, 20162016 Grimm Lecture: Democracy in Disappearing InkGrimm Lecture Poster

    Lecture poster in pdf format

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