Regular Events (Fall 2018)

1. Stammtisch – Conversation Hour

Tuesday, 4-5pm – South Hall
Thursday, 4-5pm – South Hall

2. Tutoring

Monday through Thursday 3-4pm in the Speaking and Writing Center (Advanced signup via Campus SSN required)

3. Lunch

Friday 1-2 at the University Center

Upcoming Events

German Campus Weeks

As in years past, the German program at the University of Mary Washington has put together a program for the German Campus Weeks, generously sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. You can find more information here.

Film Series “Germany Sees the U.S.”

The German Sister City Association, the Schwetzingen-Fredericksburg Alliance, has put together a small film series “Germany Sees the U.S.”. All screenings take place at 7pm at the Fredericksburg Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on 1201 Caroline Street.  For Dates and more information on the films, see here.

Past Events

October 24, 2016, 6:30PM, University Center, Chandler Ballroom

German Gala with German-English Reading by Esther Dischereit

The Gala concludes our 2016 German campus weeks. Advanced reservations for $5 (UMW students) and $10 (UMW guests) by emailing Professor Rotter (mrotter @ Door tickets are $7/$12. See german-gala-october-24 for more information on the evening.



2016 German Campus Weeks “Germany meets the U.S.” – Click here to see a list of events


November 9, 2016, 7PM, HCC – Digital Auditorium

“If You Can’t Enlist, Invest” – WWI War Bond Posters of Germany/Austria and Great Britain/USA

Talk by Marcel Rotter in commemoration of 100 years of World War I

This talk compares World War I war bond posters from two Allied Powers, Great Britain and the United States, with examples from two Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary. The analysis shows how, despite the apparently uniform medium of war bond posters, the significant differences in the political cultures of these societies were represented that would lead to the victory of the Allied Powers and the collapse of the German and Austrian Empires. On the one hand, the Allies tried to reach out to the viewing public not only to acquire money to finance the war, but to forge a “fighting community” linking the military and home fronts. The Central Powers, on the other hand, seemed to be neither capable nor interested in engaging the public in the war effort on an emotional level. War bond posters provide visual clues to see these major differences between “open” and “closed” societies.

October 11, Combs 214/215, 5PM

The German Club’s next meeting is on Tuesday the 11th at 5 in Combs (either room 214 or 213, we’ll leave the door open). We will be discussing some events we have coming up and then listening to a guest speaker from CBYX (Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange). He will be providing us with information about the program starting at 5:30. I highly encourage you all to come. The following was provided to me, and the website for the program is here. >>>>

“The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) or auf Deutsch das Parlamentarisches Patenschafts-Programm für junge Berufstätige (PPP) is a reciprocal exchange program between the United States and Germany, designed to strengthen ties and understanding between the people of both countries. The fellowship is annually awarded to 75 American and 75 German young professionals (ages 18-24), and is funded by the German Bundestag and the U.S. Congress through the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). CBYX participants act as ambassadors of their home country and culture while immersing themselves in the academic, professional, and everyday life of their host culture.

Similar to the Fulbright, this fellowship is rather competitive- there were more than 600 applicants last year and as stated above, only 75 are chosen.”

March 21, 2016, Combs 211

German Program Information Session

Looking into a German major, minor, business minor, studying abroad short or long term? We answer all of your questions. You can sign up for a major right on the spot, too.

March 14, 2016, 7:30, Dodd Auditorium

German Movie Night “Was tun, wenn’s brennt? [What to do in case of fire]

What To Do In Case of Fire? tells the humorous and touching story of six former creative anarchists who lived as house squatters in Berlin during its heyday in the 80s when Berlin was still an island in the middle of the former eastern Germany. At the end of the 80s they went their separate ways with the exception of Tim and Hotte, who have remained true to their ideals and continue to fight the issues they did as a group. In 2000, with Berlin as Germany’s new capital, an event happens forcing the group out of existential reason to reunite and, ultimately, come to grips with the reason they separated 12 years ago.

In German with English subtitles


February 10, 2014 – German Movie Night, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30pm

“Westwind” (2011) – 

While training for sculling championship at summer camp in Hungary in 1988 East German teenage twin sisters meet young guys vacationing from Hamburg. In the meeting of east and west the bond between sisters is tested.

In German with English subtitles

October 19, 2013, Caroline Lake, 9am-4pm

German Immersion Day

Join us for our Fall Immersion Day at Lake Caroline. We will cook together, play board games, and watch German short movies. Wir sprechen den ganzen Tag Deutsch! Meeting point at 9am on Jefferson Square, in front of  Combs Hall. Sign up on our Doodle:

October 16, 2013, 800 Wolfe Street, 6PM – 7:30PM

German Club BBQ

If you are coming, please visit the doodle link below and choose an item to bring. Limit one item to max 2 people. So if there are already 2 people signed up to bring a dessert, please don’t bring more dessert! If all the options are filled please either bring an alternate item of your choice, or 5$. Friends are always welcome and if you bring your friend(s), it will only be 3$ for each of you!!

April 19, 2013 – German Program Picnic at Lake Caroline, 4PM

Contact Professors Hansen-Glucklich or Rotter for details. Sign up for your potluck contribution here.

April 17, 2013 – Round Table with John Feffer on the perception of change in Eastern Europe after the end of the Cold War, 4pm in Combs 139

John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

April 3, 2013 – Second Annual Ostereier-Laufen (Egg Run), 4pm – Jefferson Square

Show your skills in running with decorated eggs. Best runners will get prizes. Watch the videos of the Sack Race here and here.

March 22 & 23 World Language Day and VOGS Convention, Fredericksburg Campus

This year for the first time together, UMW’s  World Language Day and the convention of the Virginia Organization of German Students (VOGS) join forces for a weekend of competitions, workshops, and fun.

February 11, 2013 – Film Screening “Schultze Gets the Blues”

Part of UMW’s International Film Series.  See preview: Schultze gets the Blues trailer

December 5, 2012 –  Weihnachtsfeier, 7PM Combs 215

Decorate gingerbread houses, bake Plätzchen, drink Glühwein.

November 26, 2012 – Film Screening “The lost Honor of Katharina Blum”

“Katharina Blum is a young handsome German maid. She meets Ludwig, and they fall in love at once. They spend the night together. In the morning, the police bursts in her flat, looking for Ludwig : he is a terrorist. But he was no longer here. Katharina is arrested, humiliated, suspected to be a terrorist herself, dragged in the mud by the newspapers… A plea for democracy and individual rights.” Written by Yepok (

November 14, 2012, Weihnachtsmarkt, Ball Circle 5-8PM

The German Club is organizing its second annual traditional German Weihnachtsmarkt (Winter Market) on Ball Circle Wednesday, November 14th from 5 to 8 PM! In Germany, these outdoor street markets are held from the end of November to the end of December in celebration of the holiday season. Tents are set up outdoors and vendors sell hot food and drinks as well as clothing and craft items.

UMW clubs, groups and sports teams as well as vendors from downtown Fredericksburg will be on Ball Circle selling everything from hot drinks and baked goods to t-shirts, crafts, and entertainment. Entrance is free, so bring your friends and come enjoy UMW’s version of this German tradition!

October 27, 2012 – Immersion Day at Hayfield Manor, 9AM – 5PM

For all levels of German. Only German is spoken on this day. We meet at 8:30 at Combs Hall and drive together out to Hayfield (about 20 minutes). The day will be filled with games, cooking, performing skits, and foremost having fun speaking German.

October 23, 2012- German Desert Night (German Club event)

Taste the sweeter side of Germany and Austria.

September 27 – “Under Attack: Religious Women and the Reformation”, Monroe 211, 7pm (History Department event)

Amy Leonard, Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University will discuss her research on convents in Alsace during the reformation. For more information, contact Professor Allyson Poska – aposka @

October 7, 2012 – Schnitzel night, Place and Time tba (German Club event)

Do you want to learn how to make this famous Austrian / German delicacy? Join us for Schnitzel Night!

September 21, 2012 – Study Abroad Fair, Great Hall, 1-4PM

Get first-hand information about our study-abroad opportunities including our very own Spring Breaksummer, and semester study-abroad opportunities in Germany.

September 21 & 22, 2012 – Film Dreiviertelmond (Three Quarter Moon, Germany 2011), Randolph-Macon College 7:30PM

More information:

September 17, 2012 – German Unification through U.S. Eyes, Presentation by Neal Walsh, Press Attache of the Embassy in Bonn, 1988-1990, Combs 139, 6PM

Neal Walsh, press Attache of the U.S. embassy in Bonn, Germany, during the critical years of German unification witnessed first-hand the talks behind closed doors between the U.S., the Soviet Union, France, East and West Germany.

September 12, 2012 – German Program / German Club BBQ 806 Grove Street, 7-8:30PM

All German majors, German minors, students in German classes (past-present-future) are welcome. $5 per participant to be collected by German-program faculty beforehand.

 April 27, 2012 – German Program Picnic, Alum Spring Park – 5-9pm

  • Everyone is welcome!
  • Picnic is potluck style
  • Sign up for bringing drinks/a dish/supplies by following the Doodle link

April 19, 2012 – “Anne Frank ” (part of the Great Lives lecture series) – 7:30 Dodd Auditorium

Author Sid Jacobson will speak about his role in researching and creating the authorized graphic biography of Anne Frank, the only one of its kind.

April 17, 2012 – German major students to present at the 3rd Research and Creativity Symposium – 1:30-2:20pm, Red Room

 National Socialist Germany and the Ancestral Argument Anne Zimmerman
 “The Saviors of Missouri”: St. Louis’ German Community During the Civil War Rebecca Welker
The French Obsession with Ernst Jünger Julia Lanzarone

April 11, 2012 – German Program Egg Hunt – 4PM, Jefferson Square

Don’t forget to check out the German Club Egg Hunt tomorrow at 4 PM on Jeffy Square! There will be free candy and lots of German prizes!

Video of the Egg Run

March 22, 2012 – Holocaust Survivor Charlene Schiff to speak to Intro to Judaism class – 3:30PM, Trinkle B 36

Charlene Schiff was born in Horochow, a small town in Eastern Poland, where she spent her early childhood with her parents and older sister.  Her family imbued in her moral and ethical values which helped her to survive the atrocities of the Holocaust. — In 2010, Charlene was selected by President Obama as one of six delegates to represent the United States on behalf of the President a the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. She is active at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. and lectures widely around the country.

March 24, 2012 – World Language Day – on the UMW campus

Click here for the WLD website

February 24, 2012 – VOGS Convention

Annual Convention of the Virginia Association of German Students (VOGS) February 24-25, 2012

For more information, click here.

February 11 – Immersion Day in Hayfield Manor

For all levels of German. Only German is spoken on this day. We meet at 8:30 at Combs Hall and drive together out to Hayfield (about 20 minutes). The day will be filled with games, cooking, performing skits, and foremost having fun speaking German.


February 6 – German Movie “Beyond Silence” – 7:30 Dodd Auditorium (Part of the department’s Foreign Film Series)

Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice versa when her parents want to communicate with other people. Getting older and more mature she becomes interested in music and starts to play clarinet very successfully. However her parents are deaf, they cannot share Lara’s musical career. The day comes when Lara has to decide between her parents and her own ambitions. Written by Oliver Heidelbach (