German for Students of Classical Studies

Caitlin Hines, Bradley Hald, and Snejina Sonina in Germany. (Photo credit: Roosa Kallunki)

Caitlin Hines, Bradley Hald, and Snejina Sonina in Germany. (Photo credit: Roosa Kallunki)

Bradley Hald, Caitlin Hines, and Snejina Sonina spent six weeks this summer (June 6 – July 15, 2016)¬†in Germany attending a program at the University of Cologne called German for Students of Classical Studies. Joined by students from Italy, Finland, and the United States, they worked to improve their knowledge of scholarly German as well as their communication skills in the language through courses tailored to philologists, and a course for reading German Classical scholarship. The Classics Department at Cologne generously welcomed all participants¬†to sit in on seminars, guest lectures, classically-themed movie nights, and even a performance of Terence’s Adelphoe in the original Latin. Weekend excursions included Trier and Aachen. Participants gave fifteen minute presentations of their current research, entirely in German, to an audience of peers and interested members of the Classics Department. Brad, Caitlin, and Snejina have this program to thank for a notable improvement in their German skills, although they are admittedly still reeling from their attempts at reading Wilamowitz and Hermann.