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World Languages and Literatures Students Attend German-American Friendship Celebration

German Friendship

October 26, 2018– Northern Kentucky University’s World Languages and Literatures students traveled to Indianapolis to participate in the kick-off events for “The Year of German-American Friendship” or “Deutschlandjahr USA”, an initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut and supported by the Federation of German Industries.

As part of the event, NKU students fully immersed themselves in German culture for two days, experiencing traditional food, music and lectures. NKU was one of three Midwestern universities invited to attend. The event highlighted the strong ties between Germany and the U.S. and the importance of continued transatlantic cooperation.

“The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I reminds us that is important to acknowledge and remember our past to create a better future. Collaboration and intercultural exchanges help us to understand not just our past, but also our present,” said Dr. Andrea Fieler, German faculty in the Department of World Languages and Literatures. 

German Friendship event Students meet Consul General Herbert Quelle

“By deepening the relationship between NKU and the German Consulate General, we continually benefit from collaboration and intercultural exchange to help understand our past and present,” Dr. Fieler continued.

The German Consulate General in Chicago and the German Embassy have been supporters of NKU’s German program over the years, regularly inviting the university to participate in “Campus Week” events. The Embassy only extends invitations to 40 or so universities in the U.S. each year for the week of student focused activities related to German language and culture.

In addition to NKU, the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis also attended the event. For more information on NKU’s German Program, visit its website.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit