Kaffeestunde

Select Wednesdays
2 - 3 p.m.
Shiffman 124

Come and practice your German conversation skills and enjoy tasty refreshments at Kaffeestunde!

Spring 2016 dates:

  • January 20
  • February 3
  • March 9
  • March 23
  • April 6
  • April 20

GRALL Events

For information about upcoming department-wide events, please visit the GRALL Events page.

Upcoming Events

How Germany Fell Out of Love with Russia

Presented by the Center for German and European Studies

Monday, January 25, 2016
12-2 p.m.
Faculty Club Lounge

RSVP for the luncheon talk.

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Germany, the United States and France are seeking ways to confront the expanding threat of ISIS. Dealing with the root causes of conflict in Syria is one of the key elements in finding a solution. This will involve discussions with Russia. Will Europe succeed in having a unified policy towards Russia? What role will Germany play in shaping this policy? What is the proper stance towards Russia in light of the situation in the Ukraine? More than any other Western country, Germany has spent the last quarter of a century working to build a special relationship with Russia. Fueled by a particular mix of historical legacies, people-to-people ties, economic interests, and traditions of Ostpolitik, successive Berlin governments of all colors engaged with Moscow to build a partnership. Increasingly, however, German efforts grew disillusioned, and with the Russian aggression against Ukraine, they were finally frustrated. This spells the end of German-Russian particularity, and it may well pave the way for a more realistic, and perhaps truly European, policy towards a revisionist Russia.

Bio: Dr. Joerg Forbrig is a transatlantic fellow for Central and Eastern Europe, and director of the Fund for Belarus Democracy. Based in GMF's office in Berlin, he leads the organization's efforts to assist civil society in Belarus, while his analytical and policy work focuses on Europe's East broadly, including the new member countries of the European Union, and the EU's Eastern neighborhood. Prior to joining GMF in 2002, Forbrig worked as a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow at the Center for International Relations in Warsaw, Poland. He has been published widely on democracy, civil society, and Central and Eastern European affairs, including the books Reclaiming DemocracyProspects for Democracy in Belarus (2006), and Revisiting Youth Political Participation (2005). He is also a regular contributor to major international media. Forbrig has studied political science, sociology, and Eastern European affairs at universities in Germany, Poland, and Hungary. He holds a Ph.D. in social and political sciences from the European University Institute in Florence and a master's in political science from Central European University in Budapest.

Goethe in Song and Opera: A Master Set to Music

Presented by the Center for German and European Studies

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
7-8 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

RSVP for Goethe in Song and Opera.

Goethe’s storied career left a legacy of poetry, drama, and novels and inspired countless artists and musicians to create their own works. Explore Goethe’s work in song and opera with BLO artists performing a few of these classics, including selections from Werther.