Schwertfeger will receive 2022 Ernest Spaights Plaza Award

We are happy to announce that FLL/German Professor Emerita Ruth Schwertfeger will receive the 2022 Ernest Spaights Plaza Award. This special recognition will be honored at the 2022 Annual Fall Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 19th at 3:00pm in the UWM Union Ballroom.

Wipplinger receives 2022 UWM Faculty Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature joins the German Program in celebrating our colleague, Jonathan Wipplinger, who has been selected for the 2022 UWM Faculty Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Virtual Awards Ceremony

Each May since 2015, UWM German has held an annual Spring Awards Ceremony. In 2020, like so much else, our event was cancelled.

Book of the Year / Buch des Jahres!

Join us in reading and discussing Wolfgang Herrndorf’s best-selling road-novel Tschick! Start reading now, and look out for exciting book-related events and activities next Fall and Spring semesters! German and English language readers welcome!

Alum Misty Voss Studies Abroad in Hessen

Read about UWM German alum Misty Voss and the amazing award that is allowing her to spend a year in Germany. Herzlichen Glückwunsch Misty!

Congratulations to Melanie Smith!

Congratulations to Melanie Smith (German & Linguistics) for winning a SURF Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research to support her work with Professor Garry Davis.


You are welcome to attend Kaffeepause, 1-2 pm in Curtin Hall 187. We are scheduled to meet on the following Tuesdays: September 19th; October 3rd, 17th and 31st; November 14th; December 5th.

Welcome Dr. Karolina May-Chu!

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Karolina May-Chu as Assistant Professor to the UWM German Program! Learn more about her in the August 2017 issue of the College of Letters & Science’s In Focus online magazine. InFocus article »


Join us once a month during the semester for our Film Series. We screen both contemporary films and classics.

Music, Race, and American Culture in Weimar Germany

Associate Professor Jonathan Wipplinger’s monograph “The Jazz Republic: Music, Race, and American Culture in Weimar Germany” was just published by the University of Michigan Press. The Jazz Republic examines jazz music and the jazz artists who shaped Germany’s exposure to this African American art form from 1919 through 1933.