Dear Alumni and Friends of the Pitt Department of German,

„Herzliche Grüße“ from the Cathedral of Learning! As you’ll see from the articles in this newsletter, there is a lot going on in German at Pitt. With this newsletter, we want to share some of our news and successes with you and invite you to participate in and support them.

Our undergraduate program is thriving. With twenty-seven majors, seventeen certificate students, and even more minors, there is buzz and excitement about German on campus. Our program is holding strong and sees growing student interest. This comes from innovative courses and teachers (see the profile of Professor Lukics’ drama course); popular new offerings in study abroad (heading into its third year); faculty with cutting-edge research projects (see the spotlight of Professor Muenzer’s online lexicon of Goethe’s philosophical concepts); collaborations with outside partners such as the Goethe Institut, the German American Chamber of Commerce, and the German Embassy (see the piece on Campus weeks); numerous extra-curricular activities including a weekly conversation hour at Pitt’s new Global Hub, a bi-weekly game night in the Cathedral Commons, and a very active German Club; and a strong social media presence (please follow @UPittGerman on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). You will also note that our alumni are doing exciting things (see the spotlight on Rebecca Toto’s work in Leipzig); in future issues we hope to spotlight the interesting paths that your German degree has taken you down. We hope that you will reach out to us and share your latest news – best by contacting Professor von Dirke, who is in charge of alumni outreach.

We wish you "Frohe Feiertage & ein Gutes Jahr 2020!"


John B. Lyon
Professor and Chair


Alum Spotlight

Our alumni live all around the world and have fascinating careers. Learn how one of our alumnae of the class of 2017, Rebecca Toto, is applying her German degree.

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