The German Department at Berkeley hosts a number of recurring social activities during the semester for anyone interested, including German Film Club, Kaffeeklatsch, and Stammtisch. For information on the current semester schedule please contact germanic [a] berkeley.edu
The German Film Club organizes public screenings of German films for students taking courses in the German department and anyone from the campus community interested in German cinema.
Kaffeeklatsch is a weekly event allowing graduate and undergraduate students of German to gather over snacks and coffee. This get-together offers students the chance to practice their German through casual conversation.
At Stammtisch, undergraduate and graduate students come together to speak German in a casual environment. All levels welcome!
The Department of German offers many extracurricular opportunities. Please see Events for a current schedule of events.
The Student Colloquium Series provides a regular forum for graduate students to present their current work in German literary, cultural, and linguistic studies. This event is the perfect venue for works in progress, such as a conference paper, journal article, or dissertation chapter, where feedback and discussion (and presentation practice!) would be beneficial. The colloquium is organized and run by graduate students.
Cabaret has a long tradition at Berkeley, as the photos above attest. The seven photos at the top of the page are from 1900, and they depict a Berkeley student of German acting in a departmental cabaret -- caricaturing one of his professors. That professor, Albin Putzker, is shown in the portrait at the far left of the series. More than 100 years later, the department hosts a student cabaret every spring!
The Department of German is lucky to be situated in an area rife with on- and off-campus cultural offerings for students, faculty, staff and visitors.