Language & Thinking - Events

Memoirist and journalist Susanna Forrest

Guest Speakers

Every year we invite prominent writers to campus for special sessions. Past guests have included:

Clare Wigfall, award-winning fiction writer and author of The Loudest Sound and Nothing (2007). 

Susanna Forrest, writer, editor, and author of The Age of the Horse (2016). 

Felicitas Hoppe, recipient of the Georg-Büchner Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Germany, and author of numerous works of narrative fiction. 

Katy Derbyshire, translator of German works into English, including Hoppe’s Picnic of the Virtues, and founder of the blog, love german books.  

Kathrin Röggla, playwright and author of the novel, We Never Sleep (2004).

Students at a Freiluftkino

Freiluftkino Night

Berlin is filled with outdoor theaters, or Freiluftkinos, that screen newly released and classic films during the summer. It’s a tradition for the whole group to see a movie together after the first week of L&T. In 2016, the movie was Victoria (Sebastian Schipper, 2015).

Class trip to Kreuzberg

Excursion Day 

Each L&T group travels to somewhere in Berlin for a day of on-site sessions followed by dinner. In 2016, the groups traveled to Kreuzberg, Schöneberg, Templehof, Friedrichshain, Mitte, and Pankow.


Students at the Hamburger Bahnhof

Hamburger Bahnhof

Each year as part of the L&T program, students and instructors board the S-Bahn to travel to the center of Berlin and spend the day at the Hamburger Bahnhof: Museum für Gegenwart, one of Berlin’s most impressive collections of contemporary art. 



Berlin is famous for its many lakes, and Liepnitzesee is one of the most beautiful and serene of them. When sessions are over for the week, students take a day off to swim, boat, or hike around the lake.