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The Department of German and Russian provides superior language instruction from a faculty that consistently ranks among the best in the University; offers a wide range of courses, including but not limited to literature; and fosters a community of learning, in which students benefit from small classes and ample extracurricular opportunities. Proficiency in German or Russian allows students to engage with some of the greatest cultural traditions in the world while also gaining the skills necessary for entry into such fields as international business, economics, and law.


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Tuesday, April 8th, 7:00-9:00pm
at Legends of Notre Dame

Join other speakers of German for a relaxing evening of conversation. Refreshments provided by the Department of German and Russian. These evenings are always filled with laughter and fun. Drop by when you can. All levels welcome.

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April 23rd, Wednesday
CSLC, 4:30-5:30

Join us on for the last Kaffeestunde of the year when we also conduct the induction ceremony for Delta Phi Alpha, the German Honorary Society. Come celebrate with this years graduating seniors. Refreshments will be a cut above the usual Kaffeestunde fare. All German students and levels of German speakers are welcome.

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“The Hawk, the Cod, and 1975: Joseph Brodsky’s Point of No Return”

Thursday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m.
Special Collections Department, 1st floor atrium, Hesburgh Library

Speaker: David M. Bethea, Vilas Research Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Bethea is the author of the book Joseph Brodsky and the Creation of Exile (1994). Nobel Prize winner Joseph Brodsky (1940-96) was the last major Russian poet in the ‘heroic’ tradition, a tradition that ran for two hundred years and began with ‘founding father’ Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837). What happens to the romantic – i.e. romantic as in inheritor of the heroic tradition – poet’s construction of biography when that tradition essentially dies out and the poet, now in exile, enters the cultural space of the New World? We will look at the year 1975 and two masterpiece poems written at this ‘point of no return’ that show Brodsky aware of his place between two traditions and his anxiety going forward.

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Roby Lakatos Ensemble Concert

Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Leighton Concert Hall, DPAC

Roby Lakatos is a Romani (Gypsy) violinist from Hungary. The Romani or Gypsy sound fascinated 19th-century composers like Liszt and Brahms. Lakotas enchants with that sublimely romantic classical music seamlessly blended with jazz, pop, Broadway and film scores into one sweeping, dramatic, hyper-kinetic Gypsy rave. Lakatos is technically amazing in blazingly fast solos and slow sections of notes that sustain to reach the deepest recesses of the hall. Student tickets cost $15. Additonal event details.

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