Eight years ago a group of colleagues from different disciplines came together with a common interest in German Studies as a field pushing boundaries and engaging not only the humanities but also the sciences, economics, and engineering. We envisioned a scholarly forum for truly interdisciplinary research and to explore German Studies in its larger European and transatlantic contexts. We envisioned a platform that could broadly support the study of the German languages, literatures, and cultures and promote study-abroad opportunities in German-speaking countries at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. And we set out to engage a broader community, the residents of Charlottesville, Albemarle, and the Commonwealth. Thus came to life the Center for German Studies, a vibrant community of scholars, students, professionals, and friends brought together by a wide range of interests connected to theGerman-speaking world.