Faculty Visits to the Kaffeestunde

November 22, 2016
cute Kaffeestunde puppy

On November 4, Professor Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm, Director of Undergraduate Language Instruction and Individualized Instruction, and her cute puppy visited our weekly German conversation table. The Kaffeestunde is run by first-year graduate students from the Department and takes place autumn and spring semesters on Friday afternoons, from 4.30 to 5.30 pm, at the Max Kade German House at 141 West 11th.

Professor Taleghani-Nikazm’s visit was the latest in a series of visits by members of the Germanic faculty to the Kaffeestunde. The committee intends to use the visits to foster contact between the undergraduate population and the faculty in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. As Professor Taleghani-Nikazm pointed out: “I enjoyed my visit to the Kaffeestunde very much. It made me very happy to see students interested in German language and culture come together to take the opportunity to practice and chat in German in a friendly and low-key environment. I thank our graduate students for their diligent work in organizing this beautiful weekly get-together.”

Recent visits were made by new Assistant Professor Matthew Birkhold, Professor Katra Byram, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor May Mergenthaler, Director of Graduate Studies,  DAAD visiting lecturer Anna Tilhon, Professor Anna Grotans, Professor John Davidson and Professor Bernhard Malkmus. Other faculty members have already scheduled visits for the rest of the autumn semester and the spring. The Kaffeestunde committee intends to implement the faculty visits as a new tradition and welcomes all students and members of the Ohio State community who are interested to join us for a weekly afternoon of cake, coffee and German language practice.