"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
In 2002 the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University will mark its 116th anniversary. Founded in a period of wide respect for the cultures of German-speaking Europe, and in a region strongly influenced by immigrants from these cultures, it has witnessed the serious consequences of two world wars for the study of German language, literature, and civilization, yet has emerged in the past four decades as one of the nation's leaders in its field. In 1983 the name of the department was changed from Germanic Languages to Germanic Studies--a nominal change in the purest sense, but one expressing a wider mission and a strengthened desire to study verbal culture in its social contexts. Today we continue to offer a broad and diverse program with a faculty comparatively quite large for this discipline outside Europe.
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