Eleven 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 set out to create 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. last but not least, we aimed to engage the broader university community, as well as the 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 the German-speaking world.