The butterfly effect explains change so from the smallest gift to the biggest, your generosity to Cal holds truly transformative power.  The Berkeley Effect changes the world. During Big Give — our day of online giving — you can be that effect by giving your favorite  Cal schools, colleges, and programs a boost. Together we’ll ensure that Berkeley students and faculty continue to spark transformative  change everywhere, maintaining our position as the No. 1 public university in  the world.
Mark your calendars and on Thursday, November 17, visit or the Department of German website to make a donation!

"Aesthetic Possibilities: Literature, Rhetoric, Philosophy" - Berkeley-Köln Summer School

The Berkeley-Köln Summer School, established by the Anneliese Maier prize, offers graduate students the opportunity for intensive discussions focussed on aesthetics, rhetoric, and literary criticism with an international team of professors from Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, and Media Studies. The goal is to work cooperatively on theoretical questions beyond disciplinary boundaries.

The five-day summer school will alternate between the Universität zu Köln and UC Berkeley for five years. In the mornings there will be a seminar directed by one of the experts, in the afternoons there will be project presentations by participants. The discussion will be based on pre-distributed texts. The summer school will be conducted in both English and German.

The first meeting will be from July 26 to 30 in Köln with the topic "Lebensform und Möglichkeit – Zum Zusammenspiel von Roman und Essay in der Moderne."

Big Give, Berkeley’s 24-hour fundraising blitz, is back – and bigger than ever! Just as the Cal community consistently reaches higher, aims farther, and imagines a better world beyond our own needs, the second annual Big Give is thinking even bigger: your gift of any amount this year makes an even bigger impact on students.

Mark your calendar! Visit the Give to German link on the department homepage to contribute any amount. Together we will continue to dream bigger and do better – keeping Berkeley the No. 1 public university in the world.

Semiotic Circle of California
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Call for Papers

The Thirty-First Meeting of the Semiotic Circle of California will be held in the Faculty Club of the University of California, Berkeley on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Please submit this form together with a one paragraph abstract (attachment or CD) by December 15, 2015 for participation in the meeting. As customary, the meeting will be an open topic research paper meeting. Reservations for housing may be made directly to the Faculty Club at (510) 642-1993/540-5678 or to the Hotel Durant at (510) 845-8981.