Studying in Lüneburg (Fall 2013)

Hello everyone! My name is Conor Snow and I am a senior history major here at Goucher. I have had a wonderful experience in the history department and absolutely love all of the professors. Preferably I like to study early American and twentieth century German history. Luenburg1And yes, I love studying German language as well. I had studied German for about 5 years prior to studying abroad in Lüneburg, Germany in the fall of 2013.

The program was through USAC and I took an intensive German language course along with a German history and culture class. I really enjoyed not only learning the German language, but also living it! Lüneburg was the perfect place for this. It is the only true way to master a language. The town was not destroyed in WW2 so the medieval city center still exists along with contemporary architecture and a fantastic nightlife. I chose Lüneburg mostly for the historical reasons. But if you are looking for a more modern experience, then Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, is only 20 minutes away by train for free with your student pass! In fact, you can travel for free throughout the whole state of Niedersachsen! Travel in general was easy and being able to visit other German cities and European countries conveniently by train was incredible (and plausible due to the fact that USAC gives their students off on Friday).Luenburg2

This experience of living in Lüneburg for more than 3 months really sharpened my German skills in all areas and opened my mind to a somewhat different but wonderful culture. The people were some of the friendliest people I have ever met and they made me feel very welcome. In addition, Leuphana University in Lüneburg was incredible and the food was very good as well. Speaking of food, German food is amazing and the beer of course tops the charts.Luenburg3

If you are looking to further your German skills and expand your knowledge of German culture or simply study in such a great place, then I recommend Lüneburg for you. I made life-long friends and experiences. I would not take back one second of it.

Short film about Emeritus Professor Wolf Thormann by Michael Christen (’14)

WolfMichael Christen presented a short film about Emeritus Professor Wolf Thormann on April 5th for the re-dedication of the Wolf Thormann Center in Julia Rogers. Wolf Thormann was a Professor of French at Goucher College from 1960-1989. In addition, he served as chair of the Modern Language Department for numerous years. He received many awards and honors for his engagement for and services to the French Culture. Wolf Thormann was born in Frankfurt, Germany, emigrated with his family to France in 1933, and served in the US Army during WWII. Michael Christen film gives an account of this part of his biography.  

See here for Michael Christen’s short film.


Antje Krüger and Justine Ruhlin (’15) presented at NeMLA


DruebenOn April 6th, Antje Krüger and Justine Ruhlin (’15) presented a paper at the annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association in Harrisburg. They participated in a panel that addressed questions of how to teach GDR History to American Undergraduates. The paper was the first co-authored conference presentation by a professor and student!

See here for more information on the conference


Uta Larkey at the University of Florida

Trauma and Testimony postcard


Uta Larkey and Barbara Mennel, Associate Professor in the Germanic Studies section of LLC and in the English Department.









Uta Larkey gave a talk at the University of Florida  about her current research. The talk addressed life in Jewish DP camps in Germany between 1946 and 1950. The talk was co-sponsored by German Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and by the Norman and Irma Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies.


Semester abroad in Tübingen (2013)

Cynthia Ferguson, Class of 2014, History major and German minor


Marktplatz in Tübingen

mountvernonI transferred into Goucher in the fall of 2011 and I have really enjoyed my experience here. Particularly beneficial to me has been the small size of my history and German classes (my major and minor, respectively). I feel part of a community within these departments. I have known from the start that I wanted to combine my two interests, and the professors at Goucher make that possible by offering German history courses and German-language classes that emphasize important points in German history.

Naturally, I also wanted to experience modern day life in Germany, so in the spring of 2013, I studied abroad there through the Goucher-sponsored Antioch Education Abroad Program. I studied in Berlin and Tübingen, and had the opportunity to travel throughout the country, visiting Stuttgart, München and Frankfurt am Main. The most interesting outcome of my trip was discovering the diversity of culture within each of these places, down to the regionality of beer styles and dialects. I will also always remember the generosity and sincerity of the Germans I came to know in my time there.


Stiftskirche (Tübingen)

I absolutely love studying German- it’s such a rich and beautiful language. Though it was challenging initially, the time I have invested in learning German was totally worth it. Incidentally, what you hear about immersion is true: it really is the fastest and most effective way to become fluent in a language. The time I spent in Germany brought me to the point of near-fluency relatively quickly, after having studied German for three years. In the future, I hope to use my German-language skills working in the archives field. I also plan on returning to visit Germany as soon as I can!


Kahnfahren auf dem Neckar (Tübingen)


Ellie Lehman: Summer in Berlin


Berlin ICA 2012

My name is Ellie Lehman.  I am a senior Special Education major and a German minor.  I began taking German in 7th grade and knew I wanted to continue studying it in college, but I have also always wanted to be a teacher.  At Goucher, I am able to take courses in German while still pursuing a teaching degree.  I have been president of the German Club and am currently the Supplemental Instructor for the German courses.  In the summer of 2012, I traveled to Berlin on an Intensive Course Abroad.  Here I studied German at the Neue Schule alongside students of all ages and from many different countries, many of whom did not even speak English!  It was incredible to be able to communicate with someone in a language other than English, and the trip allowed me to see many parts of the city.  I also spent a semester abroad in Denmark, where my German skills proved quite useful.  I found that many Danish words were similar to German words.  Although I would have loved to spend a semester in Germany, I wanted to use this opportunity to travel someplace completely different.  I plan to go back to Germany someday and hopefully teach there.  Studying German has been a wonderful experience because it has taught me a lot about Germany and its culture, helped me understand my own language better, and introduced me to some amazing people.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences with German at Goucher and highly recommend taking a German course!

Uta Larkey

von Katie Hall

Professorin Uta Larkey

 Bei Goucher ist das Deutschdepartment klein aber fein! Es gibt wenige Kurse und Studenten darin, aber die Deutschstudenten sind oftmals sehr begeistert. Es gibt zwei Deutschprofessorinnen, Antje Krüger und Uta Larkey.Uta1

Professorin Uta Larkey ist die Abteilungsleiter des Deutschdepartments. Sie lehrt Deutsch und Jüdische Studien, besonders über den Holocaust. Als sie jung war, interessierte sie sich für Holocaust Geschichte, aber sie dachte, dass in etwas fehlte.

Uta Larkey wurde in Leipzig geboren. Sie sagt, dass sie gern mit ihrem Teddybär spielte. Sie spielte auch gern Fußball und machte Fechten. Leipzig lag aber in der DDR und es gab viele Verbote und Vorschriften im Alltag. Frauen durften nicht Fußball spielen und auch nur mit dem Florett fechten. Sie durften weder mit dem Säbel noch mit dem Degen fechten. Heute denken Leute oft, dass Frauen in Ostdeutschland so emanzipiert waren, aber das war nicht so. Es gab auch andere Dinge, die ProfUta2essorin Larkey nicht durfte.

In der Schule lernte sie als Kind Sprachen. Sie lernte Englisch, Russisch und Französisch, aber sie musste die an der Universität Leipzig studieren, weil es wenig andere Möglichkeiten gab. Zur Dolmetscherin hatte sie kein Talent und sie wollte keine Lehrerin in der Schule sein. Da sollte sie die Kinder kontrollieren und das wollte sie nicht. Deshalb gab es für sie nur einen Weg. Sie musste Russisch und Englisch für Erwachsene lehren. Dazu hatte sie aber keine Lust und machte daher in Ostberlin ein Doktorstudium. Hier hatte sie auch keine Wahl und sie musste Russisch wieder studieren.

Sie lernte aber einen Amerikaner in Ostberlin kennen und sie heirateten. Sie reisten zusammen in die USA aus und lebten zuerst in New Jersey. Das war das erste Mal, dass Professorin Larkey in Amerika war. Für Ostdeutsche war das fast unmöglich, aber ihr gelang es. Für sie war New Jersey ein Paradies, weil alles so schwierig in Ostdeutschland gewesen war.

Jetzt unterrichtet sie bei Goucher. Am liebsten unterrichtet sie „History, Literature, and Film on the Holocaust“ und „Orals Stories of Holocaust Survivors – Telling their Stories. “ Sie sagt, dass sie die Kurse deshalb lieber mag, weil ihre Studenten darin engagierter sind und Transformationen erleben.


Professorin Larkey schrieb ein Buch. Es heißt „Life and Loss in the Shadown of the Holocaust“. Sie mag Filme, besonders Lola Rennt, Himmel über Berlin, und Deutschland Bleiche Mutter. Sie mag auch Film Noir, aber keine Liebesfilme oder Komödien. Sie lacht und sagt, dass ihre Studenten ihre Lieblingsfilme „so depressing“ finden.

Ihr Lieblingsessen ist Tuna Tatar und ihre Lieblingsfarbe ist lila, aber das hat mit den Baltimore Ravens nichts zu tun. Wie viele Leute will sie mehr Zeit, mehr reisen, und mehr Spaß haben, aber sie denkt, dass sie bei Goucher weiter unterrichten wird.