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Dear Alumni and Friends,

Welcome, or welcome back, to the UCLA Department of Germanic Languages! Although recent faculty departures make this a time of transition for the department, we remain active in all the areas to which we have always been committed to undergraduate and graduate education, to all the Germanic languages and linguistics, to literature and cultural studies, and to interdisciplinary humanistic inquiry. Helping us remain vigorous during this transitional period, two visiting faculty have brought new ideas and energy to our program this year and will continue to do so next.

We hope you will want to stay in touch and remain involved in the life of the department. We would be delighted to see you at any of the lectures or symposia that we organize. You can find a list of upcoming events on our website and will receive announcements of future programming if you subscribe to our events listserve. If you have any comments on our website or would like to send us your news or get more involved with the department, please don't hesitate to drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As well as your involvement, we need your support. We are fiercely committed to public education despite the fact that state funding for UCLA continues to decline. Your donation will help the department remain vital intellectual environment and will help our students, both undergraduates and graduate students, reach their educational goals.

I thank you for your continued commitment to Germanic Languages at UCLA and look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at a future event.

Best wishes,

John McCumberJohn McCumber
Professor of German
Chair, Department of Germanic Languages

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