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Watch the recordings of our past CGES Online webinars.

Explore the past 3 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.

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Happy 25th Anniversary CGES!

Join us in the Fall semester to continue the CGES 25th anniversary celebration. Stay tuned for more details and events to come! Feel free to browse our CGES@25: Beginning to End the Climate Crisis videos from this past March.

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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 also continue to offer virtual events. The CGES Online series covers current developments of international relevance focused on Germany and Europe. 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.

Sister Centers

“Since its dedication in 1998, CGES has enriched the educational experience of many of our students, while serving to promote productive dialogue among many different voices about key issues in German and European societies.”

President Ronald D. Liebowitz

CGES 25th Anniversary