German Excellence Initiative

Welcome to Rutgers German! Vibrant undergraduate and graduate programs, award-winning teaching, innovative courses, state of the art language instruction, cutting-edge research, a distinguished visiting professorship, an artist in residence program, two premier lecture series, a top-tier study abroad program, professional development opportunities for teachers of German, and outstanding job placement – Rutgers German is committed to creative, interdisciplinary approaches to the teaching and study of all facets of German-speaking culture from the Middle Ages through the twenty-first century.

For more information about the German Excellence Program, please visit our website.

Declamation Contest Registration

The 84th Annual Declamation Contest for local middle and high school students of German will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 4pm in rooms A&B at Brower Dining Hall on our College Avenue Campus (directly across the street from the Student Center)

Please make sure to submit the form below by April 29, 2014! 

Contest Guidelines:

  1. Students are encouraged to recite a poetry or prose selection OR to perform a dramatic scene or song.
  2. Selections should be appropriate for the student’s interest and ability.
  3. All selections must be delivered in German.
  4. For group performances, each participant must have a speaking role.
  5. No amplification is allowed.
  6. Each performance is allotted a maximum of ten minutes. Time will be kept.
  7. No student who has had more than three years of German-language schooling in a German-speaking country should compete.

Each teacher is allowed to register up to two performances in each competition category:

BEGINNER: students in their first year of German study
ADVANCED: students in their second year or higher of German study


Judges will score the performances in the following three categories: memorization and preparation; clarity and pronunciation; and feeling and presence.

For each category, the performance may receive a maximum of 10 points and a minimum of 1 point. The maximum total number of points a performance may receive from one judge is 30 points. The maximum total number of points a performance may receive overall is 90 points.



Teacher Information

School Information:

Beginner Performances: Students in their first year of German study

Beginner Entry 1:

Beginner Entry 2:

Advanced Performances: students in their second year or higher of German study

Advanced Entry 1:

Advanced Entry 2:

Additional Comments:

Previous Declamation Contests at Rutgers!


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Professor Nicholas Rennie and Delta Phi Alpha President Stephen Pfeiffer

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Declamation Contest judges Anna Mayer, Anne Schult, and Kurt Pöschl

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Chatham High School student Scarlett Blydenburgh performs "Ich ging in dich hinein wie ein Feld" from "Der Regenbogen" (Sonette) IX by Rose Ausländer.

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St. Peter's Preparatory School students James Howell, Patrick Karol, Jeffry Kral, Ryan Lillis, and Jason Mallonga perform an excerpt from Die Physiker by Friedrick Dürrenmatt.

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South River High School students Katherine DeZarlo, Rachele Gardner, Jonathan Gonzalez, Tyler Lepucki, Morgan Makely, Tania Mirassol, and Kyla Niewinski perform DoReMi from The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

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South River High School students Yareli Aaron, Robby Belen, Sofia Feggulis, Emilie Geesey, Leah Hermann, Carlie Hicks, Hannah Nale, Alexa Reininger, Joline Santana, Daniel Severino, Chanel Torres, and David Velasco perform the fable Schneewittchen.

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Declamation Contest certificates

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Professor Nicholas Rennie presents undergraduate and graduate students with awards for outstanding performance in German.

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Delta Phi Alpha initiates sign Das goldene Buch.

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Professor Charlotte Craig, Charlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor Helmut Schneider, and Department Chair Martha Helfer

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Department Chair Martha B. Helfer says a few final remarks.


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Professor Nicholas Rennie and Delta Phi Alpha President Christopher Johns

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Jennifer Voitovitch, Spotswood High School

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Hope Behre and Alison Ramsland from Chatham High School perform Haus am See by Peter Fox

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Erin Dugan from the Pingry School performs an aria from Du bist die Ruh by Friedrich Rückert

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Rose He performs Herbstmilch by Anna Wimschneider

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Jennifer Voitovitch from Spotswood High School performs Die Katze und die Maus

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Adam Szegeti, Dionisia Koutsoupias and Ashley VandeBeek from South River High School perform Ehekrach by Kurt Tucholsky

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Students from South River High School perform Aschenputtel

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Charlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor Henry Sussman addresses the Declamation Contest participants and Delta Phi Alpha initiates

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Professor Rennie presents Das goldene Buch for signatures

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Professor Rennie congratulates one of the undergraduate award recipients


The 2012 Annual Declamation Contest was held on April 30, 2012. 


The 2011 Annual Declamation Contest was held on May 3, 2011. 23 students from five local schools performed selections from plays, original skits, and monologues. 


The 2009 Annual Declamation Contest was held on Thursday, April 23rd. Five local schools participated and entertained the faculty, graduate students, teachers and others who came to watch. 



The 2008 Annual Contest was held on Friday, May 2nd at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. About 40 students representing half a dozen schools performed in this competition.



In 2007, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of this special event sponsored by the Rutgers chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the national honor society for students of German. Over 30 students from area middle and high schools took part and entertained a standing-room-only crowd with performances of songs, poetry and scenes from various German-language plays.


Professional Development Registration

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Personal Information

School Information:

Registration Fee

Registration for this event is $40 per participant. Please send a check made payable to "Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey" to the address below:
German Department, attn: Department Administrator
Rutgers University
172 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Registration deadline: Please submit your registration by February 12, 2014.

German Movie Night

Wednesdays at 8pm
German House Seminar Room
172 College Avenue

All German movies shown at the German Movie Night have English subtitles. Admission is free, and the door is open to everyone! Please click on the title for more information about the film.

Fall 2014

Wednesday, September 10
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Thomas Jahn (1997)

Wednesday, September 24
Ernst Marischka (1955)

Wednesday, October 8
Das Leben ist eine Baustelle (Life is All You Get)
Wolfgang Becker (1997)

Wednesday, October 22
Das Boot
Wolfgang Petersen (1981)

Monday, November 5
Josef Hader (2004)

Wednesday, November 12
Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire)
Wim Wenders (1987)

Wednesday, November 19
Fack Ju Göhte
Bora Dagtekin (2013)

Monday, December 3
Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)
Andreas Prochaska (2014)

Previous Screenings

Spring 2014

Monday, February 10
Leander Haussmann (1999)

Monday, February 17
Die Fälscher
Stefan Ruzowitzky (2007)

Monday, February 24
Good Bye Lenin!
Wolfgang Becker (2003)

Wednesday, March 5
Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo
Uli Edel (1981)

Monday, March 10
What to Do in Case of Fire
Gregor Schnitzler (2001)

Wednesday, March 26
Doctor Mabuse, the Gambler
Fritz Lang (1922)

Wednesday, April 2
Eyes Wide Shut
Stanley Kubrick (1999)

Monday, April 7
Max and Moritz Reloaded
Thomas Frydetzki, Annette Stefan (2005)

Monday, April 14
Ulrich Seidl (2007)

Wednesday, April 23
The Matrix
The Wachowski Brothers (1999)

Fall 2013

September 11
Christian Petzold (2007)

September 18
Götz Spielmann (2008)

September 25
Der letzte Mann (The Last Laugh)
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1924)

October 2
Hilfe! (Help, I'm a Boy!)
Oliver Dommenget (2002)

October 9
Die Dreigroschenoper (The Three Penny Opera)
Georg Wilhelm Pabst (1931)

October 16
Lola rennt (Run Lola Run)
Tom Tykwer (2002)

October 23
Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread)
Nikolaus Geyrhalter (2005)

October 30
Ulrich Seidl (2007)

November 6
Best of Vienna Independent Shorts
u.a. Mara Mattuschka (2010-2013)

November 13
Christian Petzold (2012)

November 20
Die Spur der Steine

December 4
Der Tunnel
Roland Suso Richter (2001)

Spring 2013

February 14
Fritz Lang, 1931

February 21
Wolfgang Staudte, 1949

February 28
Der Untertan (Man of Straw)
Wolfgang Staudte, 1951

March 7
Paris, Texas
Wim Wenders, 1984

March 14
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Uli Edel, 2008

March 28
Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters)
Stefan Ruzowitsky, 2007

April 4
Der Räuber (The Robber)
Benjamin Heisenberg, 2010

April 11
Götz Spielmann, 2008

April 18
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
Werner Herzog, 2009

April 25

May 2
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
Werner Herzog, 2009

Fall 2012

October 04
Clash by Night
Fritz Lang

October 11
Germany in Autumn
Alexander Luge, Rainer Werner Fassbinder

October 18
The American Friend
Wim Wenders

October 25
Götz Spielmann

November 01
The Black Cat
Edgar Ulmer

November 08
Scarlet Street
Fritz Lang

November 15
Der Verlorene
Peter Lorre

November 29
Ulrich Seidl

December 06
The White Ribbon
Michael Haneke


Contact Us


German House
172 College Ave.
New Brunswick,
NJ 08901

P  732-932-7201
F  732-932-1111 
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