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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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Lecture by Max Kade Visiting Professor Daniel Fulda

Thursday, September 25
215 DeBartolo

"Time Travels: The Colonization of the Past by the Present in Popular Historical Novels and Reenactments"








Prof. Dr. Daniel Fulda studied history, German philology and pedagogy at the University of Cologne, where he received his Ph.D. in 1994. In 2003, he obtained his Habilitation also at the University of Cologne. In 2007, he became full professor of German literature at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. Professor Fulda has taught classes on a wide range of topics from the 18th century to the present. His books and essays have been on, among other areas, theory and history of historiography; the social history of comedy; narratology; literary genres; the 18th century; Weimar Classicism; and contemporary literature. Since 2007 Professor Fulda has directed the interdisciplinary center for research on European Enlightenment as well as its focus on “Enlightenment - Religion - Knowledge.” Since 2010 he has been President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts. For more information on Professor Fulda, please see http://www.germanistik.uni-halle.de/mitarbeiterinnen/fulda/.


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Join Us in Welcoming Guest Speaker Ambassador Ian C. Kelly

Thursday, October 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Location: DeBartolo 129








Ian C. Kelly is the Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was most recently (from March 2010 to September 2013) the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in Vienna, Austria. From December 2012 to September 2013, he was concurrently the U.S. Co-Chair of the Minsk Group, the negotiating process set up to resolve the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno Karabakh.

From May 2009 until his appointment as ambassador, he was the Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Kelly’s previous assignments include Director of the Office of Russian Affairs in Washington, D.C., Public Affairs Advisor at the U.S. Mission to NATO, Press Attaché at Embassy Rome, Press Attaché at Embassy Ankara, Information Center Director in Belgrade, and Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer in Moscow. He has also had several regional assignments that took him to all fifteen former Soviet republics.

He has studied Italian, Serbo-Croatian and Turkish at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center of the State Department. He also speaks Russian. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Kelly taught Russian at Columbia University, and received his doctorate there in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 1986. He also holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and a M.A. from Northwestern University.


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The Devil Next Door

Introducing a new book by German faculty member Vera Profit!









Rather than theoretical or abstract, above all else, this monograph endeavors to serve as a practical guide, a handbook for helping us navigate a dark terrain. It neither presumes to examine the sources of evil nor suggest radical cures. These pages strive only to continue the process of naming the signs of individual evil that we might recognize these persons before they inflict even more damage. Scott Peck says it best. “If evil were easy to recognize, identify, and manage, there would be no need for this book.” Of course, he was referring to his own pioneering treatise; given the realities of our day, the need remains as great as ever.

Click on the book for more information!

The Observer featured The Devil Next Door in an article! 

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Russian Major Kellie Travis in the News!

“To be able to read some of the very famous poems by Alexander Pushkin and other Russian poets and writers—and speak about it in Russian—is very challenging, but also very rewarding,” said Kellie Travis ’14, a Russian major in the College of Arts and Letters.

Russian majors at Notre Dame take a full complement of courses covering the language, literature, and culture of Russia. As a student in the Russian Honors track, Travis completed a senior thesis focusing on the Soviet Gulag forced labor camps, specifically methods of resistance in the camps. “It’s definitely a very sad moment in their history," she said, "but it’s also a story that needs to be told.”

After graduation, Travis was accepted into the law school at Vanderbilt University. She plans to become an international lawyer. “Studying Russian for four years has been an absolutely fascinating experience,” said Travis. “I wouldn’t take it back for a second.”

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