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2016 DAAD Prize in German and European Studies to be Awarded to Dr. Yasemin Yildiz, UCLA

Congratulations to Dr. Yasemin Yildiz of UCLA, the recipient of the 2016 DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies for her outstanding academic work in the Humanities.

Yasemin Yildiz is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at UCLA.  She grew up in Bremen and began her academic life at the Universität Hamburg, where she studied German Literature and History, earning an M.A. with a thesis on Holocaust testimonies. A Fulbright scholarship took her to the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, where she undertook additional course work in Comparative Literature. She went on to complete her graduate training in German Studies at Cornell University under Leslie A. Adelson. Her dissertation was the basis for her 2012 book Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition, which argues that today’s multilingual practices in literature, arts, and everyday life cannot be understood without the recognition of the continued impact of monolingualism, a modern paradigm that only emerged around 1800. Beyond the Mother Tonguereceived the Modern Language Association’s 2012 Scaglione Prize in Germanic Studies and Honorable Mention for the Laura Shannon Prize for Contemporary European Studies in 2014. Frequently engaging with pressing contemporary issues, Yasemin Yildiz has also published essays on Islam, gender, migration, and minority discourses. Her research has received support from organizations such as the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the British Council. Together with her co-author Michael Rothberg, she is currently completing a book on Turkish-German writers’, artists’, and activists’ innovative memory work related to the Holocaust and National Socialism.

Before joining the German and Comparative Literature Departments at UCLA, she held a tenured position at the University of Illinois and served as a Visiting Associate Professor of German at Harvard University. She frequently spends time in Berlin, whose diverse and lively cultural scene has provided much material and stimulus for her work.



Commencement 2017 Departmental Reception and Celebration

On Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1:00PM, our graduating class will be honored and acknowledged in a ceremony at UCLA's prestigious Royce Hall Auditorium.  To celebrate this event, we cordially invite graduating students and their families to our Commencement 2017 Departmental Reception and Celebration. 

Schedule of Events for Saturday, June 17, 2017

11:30 – 12:30 pm                              Pre-Commencement Reception, 306 Royce

                                                              light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments

12:30 pm Sharp                                 Graduates to assemble in West Lobby Royce Hall             

1:00 – 2:30 pm                                   Commencement Celebration in Royce Hall Auditorium

Students who have declared graduation for spring 2017, summer 2017 or graduated fall 2016/winter 2017 are eligible to participate in our ceremony.  Tickets will be required for family and guests to be admitted to the Royce Hall Auditorium.  Tickets can be ordered from Friday, April 28, 4:00 p.m. – Friday, May 19 via Each graduating student is eligible for 4 free tickets. Additionally, there is a possibility to secure up to 4 waitlist tickets at $12 each. Waitlist tickets are NOT guaranteed.

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Please remember that this is a traditional ceremony and robes, caps, and gowns are required attire. 

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June 7 GER Reception

Urs Büttner Public Lecture | May 30, 2017

May 30 URS BTTNER lecture

Minor Transnationalism 2.0 Conference  |  May 19-20, 2017

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Mark L. Smith Lecture | April 25, 2017

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Humanities Career Panel Series: Museums and Arts Non Profit Organizations




Humanities Career Panel Series: Academic and Professional School Panel

This will be a great opportunity for students who are planning on continuing their education after graduation.  At this panel, we will have representatives (including faculty who have served on admissions committees and an Admissions Officer from the UCLA School of Law) and those “in-the-know” share their knowledge about graduate/professional schools and give some insight on how to better your chances of getting in, and what kinds of opportunities await after graduation. RSVP will be available soon via our website (


Humanities Career Panel Series: The Ins and Outs of Applying to Graduate School.

This is a discussion lead by Anne De La Cruz (Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Admissions at the UCLA Graduate Division). It help students understand the graduate school application process, including researching graduate programs, understanding the admissions process, and networking with individuals at target institutions. The workshop will include tips and best practices for the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, interview preparation, and other admissions-related topics.RSVPtoday to reserve your seat for this event! Space is limited!



 UCLA Celebrates World Languages Day 2016

On September 30, 2016, UCLA celebrated World Languages Day by introducing students to a variety of opportunities for language study and cultural activities available to them on campus. With help from student organizations and foreign language departments, students explored more than 20 world languages offered at UCLA including French, Korean, German, Italian and more! Here are some pictures from UCLA World Languages Day 2016.


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Remembering Judith Ruth Hadd (1945-2015)

It is with sadness that the UCLA Department of Germanic Languages notes the passing of Judith Ruth Hadda — Yiddish professor, psychoanalyst, and biographer — on June 23, 2015, in Los Angeles, from metastatic cancer. She was 69.

Dr. Hadda was born December 23, 1945, the daughter of refugees from Nazi Germany, Dr. George and Annemarie (Kohn) Hadda. Her grandfather was Dr. Siegmund Hadda, the last Director of the Jewish Hospital in Breslau (Wroclaw). She and her parents came to New York in 1948, to join her grandparents, who had survived Theresienstadt. Devastated by the Nazi regime and the Shoah, her parents wanted no part of being Jewish, nor would they speak German even privately. Her grandfather, however, read her Heine and told her that she would be a professor of German at Columbia. Her innovative way of challenging both parents and grandparents was to complete her Ph.D. in German from Columbia, while working at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research to develop her specialty in Yiddish, a language disdained by many German Jews. She also held degrees from the University of Vermont and Cornell.

Moving to UCLA in 1973 to start its Yiddish Program, she later became the first tenured professor of Yiddish in the US, publishing academic and popular articles, in English, Yiddish, Hebrew, French, and German. She initially developed a specialty in American Yiddish poetry, particularly the works of Yankev Glatshteyn, the subject of her first book and numerous articles.

Dr. Hadda began psychoanalytic training in 1982, initially to improve her understanding of modernist Yiddish poetry. Increasingly drawn into clinical practice, she became a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, as well as a member of the Certification Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Her second book, “Passionate Women and Passive Men” (1988), explored psychological issues around suicide in Yiddish literature. Her psychoanalytic insights also contributed to her treatments of Isaac Bashevis Singer (“Isaac Bashevis Singer: A Life,” 1997, 2001), and of Allen Ginsberg, whose 1949-50 stay in the NY State Psychiatric Institute, she argued in a much admired piece in American Imago, allowed him to emerge as a great poet.

She is survived by her husband, Allan J. Tobin, a neuroscientist, whom she married on March 22, 1981, and with whom she probed the intersections of mind and brain. Other survivors include her sisters, Ceri Hadda and Kathryn Hadda, her stepsons David Tobin (Ana Maria Xet-Mull) and Adam Tobin (Christine Kelly), and two grandchildren, Gabriel Tobin-Xet and Ursula Cashwan Tobin.

Read: Remembering Janet Hadda, by David G. Roskies

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