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German Studies
6084 Dartmouth Hall, Room 333
Hanover, New Hampshire
Telephone: (603) 646-2408
Fax: (603) 646-1474
Chair: Ellis Shookman
Administrator: Wadeane Kunz

Campus Resources


In addition to its on-campus courses, its programs in Berlin, and the extracurricular opportunities that are available abroad, the German Studies Department offers students a number of other resources:

Max Kade Center
Living well is the best revenge!

The Max Kade German Center in Maxwell Hall provides affinity housing for twenty students interested in the German language as well as in other matters Swiss, German, or Austrian. 

The Max Kade German Center contains a library, seminar rooms, and a lounge for cultural and social events such as lectures, small conferences, and film showings.

 The Max Kade German Center also includes several attractive apartments. Each has a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and individual bedrooms.

 If you'd like to live in the The Max Kade German Center next winter, please apply to it as a "Living Learning Community" within the Winter 2015 Housing application on Bannerstudent.

 For further information, contact Wadeane Kunz, the German Studies departmental administrator, at

Selina Foltinek In conjunction with the German Club, the Resident Advisor at the Kade Center sponsors activities such as dinners, movies, an Oktoberfest, hikes, and discussions with visitors. The 2015-16 Kade Resident Advisor is Selina Foltinek (see left picture), who is in her sixth semester at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, where she is majoring in English and History with the goal of becoming a teacher. In addition to auditing courses reflecting her academic interests, she will assist in beginning language instruction and organize German Club and Kade Center activities. Yvonne Daichendt, the German Exchange Fellow, will also live in the center.

Germania (the German Club), coordinated by the Resident Advisor at the Kade Center, sponsors frequent activities. Weekly events include not only a regular Mittagstisch, but also dinners, movie nights, an Oktoberfest, Fasching, hikes, academic discussions with visitors, poetry readings, and sometimes a trip to Boston or New York to see a film or play.

Several evenings each term, a Stammtisch is held at the Salt Hill Pub. This informal gathering gives students, faculty, and commuity members an opportunity to engage in German conversation. All are welcome!

The Lecture Series presents national and international experts speaking on topics in literature, art, film, music, and politics.

The Dartmouth campus DarTV carries two German stations: Deutsche Welle ("DW") (for a schedule of broadcasts, see and, for more popular fare, Pro7Sat1world ("PRSBN"). In the iTunes "Music Store" a search on "ZDF" produces everything from audio and video "Nachrichten" to "Der Krimi Podcast" to children's "Podcast der Logo." They are about 30 minutes each, updated every day, and can be downloaded onto computers or iPods. Two other valuable internet sites for downloadable and streaming media: and

Drill Instructor Positions / Research Assistantships:
Students with an appropriate command of German are invited to apply for one of the most rewarding jobs on campus: teaching as a drill instructor in conjunction with the beginning language courses. Students with an outstanding academic record can also apply to become Research Assistants to individual professors under the auspices of the Presidential Scholars Program.

Library and Video Facilities:
In addition to Baker Library's outstanding holdings, the Department and the Max Kade German Center maintain their own reference collections and receive current German newspapers and periodicals. An extensive video collection is available to faculty and interested students in the Department's main office. The Werner Hoffmeister Memorial Library, housed in the Kade Center, is a recent edition to the Department's resources. Comprising Professor Hoffmeister's personal library, it honors a friend and colleague who died in May of 1998.

Dartmouth librarian Reinhart Sonnenburg maintains The German Studies Web for the Association of College and Research Libraries. It provides access to selected scholarly resources in German Studies and to a wide variety of links of interest to students of German, including a convenient listing of German-language news sources on the web.

Reinhart Sonnenburg also maintains a site intended a starting point for library research in the Dartmouth College Library. It focuses on the library catalog and selected databases for German Studies as well as traditional reference books in the Baker/Berry reference room.

The Dartmouth Language Resource Center, part of Humanities Resources, offers a variety of services and facilities to students, teachers, and scholars. Its servers store the many computer applications that form an important part of German instruction.

Last Updated: 7/9/15