Established by a generous grant from an anonymous donor, this Center serves as a hub for interdisciplinary activity, joined by the departments of German, History, Sociology, Art History, Religious Studies, Philosophy and the Darden School of Business, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the McIntire School of Commerce, among others. The Center seeks to build on the long and significant history of transatlantic and German-American relations. By drawing on the University’s strengths across the humanities and social sciences, the Center will:
- Promote the cooperation of scholars at the University of Virginia whose work touches upon the cultural traditions of German-speaking societies.
- Provide a forum for interdisciplinary research and interdepartmental collaboration.
- Provide a significant opportunity for enhanced forms of faculty-student cooperation.
- Generate visibility and recognition for the University of Virginia on a regional, national and international level supporting German Studies.
- Provide a forum for scholars, writers, artists, journalists and other professionals from the US, Germany and elsewhere who have an interest in German Studies.
- Support and expand current departmental and inter-departmental programs for study abroad and academic exchange.
- Provide a platform to develop and support community-centered activities concerned with German Studies.
- Create a forum and resource for teachers of German throughout the State of Virginia.