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Highlights of the Summer of 2017


German School students celebrate Commencement 2017 with the school's director, Bettina Mathias, right. Photo credit: Yeager Anderson ’13.5

MIDDLEBURY, VT.—This summer was a busy and productive one for the German School, with 119 students participating in the program. As in years past, about half of those in the seven-week program were graduate students from universities across the nation, predominantly in the fields of history, art history, philosophy, and religion. About 40 percent of our students were undergraduates, many of whom came to Middlebury to prepare for their junior year abroad. We had a strong showing from undergraduates who were either just beginning to study German or came with skills at the intermediate-low to advanced-low level (German 1.5 to German 3).

German for Singers had a good year and enrolled 13 singers for the summer—the perfect number for our program—spread evenly over our first three levels. Our singers once again offered two professional-level musical performances to the community.

The German School’s Max Kade Artist in Residence was Joscha Sauer, an award-winning cartoonist, who joined the graduate school program for a week between August 4 and 12. He visited classes, met with students in the afternoons to discuss his work and do cartooning workshops, and offered a school-wide presentation one evening. He was a perfect fit for the school, and students (especially in the lower levels) loved the power and wit—both visual and linguistic—in his work.

Early in the summer, the German consul general from Boston, Dr. Ralf Horlemann, came to talk about the upcoming German elections and the issues at stake. Later, Christoph Kasten from the Jüdisches Zentrum Berlin-Brandenburg delivered our annual Zernik lecture on the topic of “Luther and German Jewish Intellectualism.” A third talk by Professor Joseph McVeigh of Smith College, which was intended to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of German artist Käthe Kollwitz, had to be cancelled when a heavy storm made it impossible for McVeigh to fly to Vermont.

We are already excited about the summer of 2018 and, as always, welcome our alumni to visit us in Vermont. Please join us for our opera, which is always a highlight of the summer, or let us know when you will be in town so we can invite you to join us for a meal in Deutsche at the dining hall.

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