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To kick off our 25th anniversary celebration, we are planning a conference in coordination with Brandeis' Year of Climate Action (YOCA): CGES@25: Beginning to End the Climate Crisis.

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Watch the recordings of our past CGES Online webinars.

Explore the past 2 years of CGES webinars!

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Please consider donating to CGES

As always, we wish to express our gratitude to the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for supporting our work. If you enjoy our program and are able to help us meet our matching obligations, please consider donating to CGES.

Hans Fischer delivering a lecture

Jewish-German Dialogue

Dr. Hans Fisher, survivor of the SS St. Louis, shared his experiences of the journey and his survival.


The mission of the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) is to support interdisciplinary teaching and research on contemporary Germany and Europe at Brandeis, and to reach out to broader communities on the social, political and cultural issues facing Germany and Europe today.

CGES was founded in 1997 by a generous gift from the German government and Brandeis University, and dedicated in May 1998 by Chancellor Helmut Kohl. 


The Center hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including luncheon talks, panels, cultural events and readings. We invite you to sign up for our Newsletter to receive information about our events.

CGES Online -- CGES will continue to offer virtual events. The CGES Online series covers current developments of international relevance because we believe that it is important to stay informed and critical during the world-wide crisis we are facing. Find details about virtual events on our News and Events page. We also post event announcements on our Facebook and Instagram accounts and invite you to follow us on social media.

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Grants and Scholarships

A number of grants and scholarships are available to support research and travel to Germany and Europe. Please view the grants and scholarships page to see if your trip to Germany, or a German speaking country, qualifies and for application details.

“CGES represents a paradigm of what makes us special: global in perspective; interdisciplinary in approach; student-centered; taking on the hard questions and seeking the truth, as our motto challenges us, even unto its innermost parts.”

President Ronald D. Liebowitz

CGES 20th Anniversary