IN PICTURES: April at the Goethe!

April at the Goethe!


Phew! April was, once again, a busy month here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. From events, to festivals to hosting very important meetings, we had it all! So, as usual, here is your little rundown of what’s been going on!

The Dogwood Festival

Festival season kicked off in Atlanta and we were at the heart of it! We set up our booth with our friends at the German Consulate of Atlanta and the Alliance Française in the Festival’s International Village and welcomed thousands of people who stopped by! Friday may have been a bit of a wash out but the sun made an appearance for the rest of the weekend! We spoke to people who wanted to find out a little more about our language courses, talked about Germany and how beautiful it is, gave people advice on how to move over there along with some brochures and gave away lots of freebies to those who spun our wheel! It was great being out and about in the local community, meeting new faces and letting everyone know where we are in the heart of Midtown!

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

European Science Café – The Beings Summit

Next up, we hosted the latest European Science Café event in our auditorium that focused on The Beings Summit. Around 60 people headed into our auditorium to catch  Mr. Paul Wolpe, Director, Center for Ethics at Emory University and Jacques Galipeau, Director Emory Personalized Immuno-therapy Center, Emory University School of Medicine as they provided a glimpse into the BEINGS Summit – Biotechnology and the Ethical imagination. It was an interesting and informative night that everyone seemed to enjoy! A wine and cheese reception followed as guests talked about what they had heard.

German Language Breakfast with Ms. Teri A. Simmons

On Friday, April 24, around 45 people got out of bed early to join us for our first German Language Breakfast of the year. Guests gathered in our auditorium where they tucked into a traditional German breakfast including bread, various cheeses and cold cuts, jams, yoghurt, muesli and cake whilst brushing up on their German skills with their fellow students, teachers and Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta staff. They then listened to our guest speaker, Ms. Teri A. Simmons, who is a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, talk, in German, about how her experience with learning German helped her to be where she is today. She then went on to give a very interesting and informative talk about immigration law and America’s immigration system in English.

Georgia Skills Roadshow – Forsyth Central High School

Next, we headed north and to Forsyth Central High School in Cumming for the latest Georgia Skills Roadshow. This initiative is all about promoting apprenticeships as an alternative to college or something to do alongside high school and college. Several local companies, including the likes of Siemens, are already on board in this region, but we’re hoping more will follow suit. Skilled workers and engineers are in high demand! The roadshow also included a competition for the students who worked in teams to composes poems and skits in the language they are learning. There was also a business fair where students could find out more about becoming an apprentice and how learning a language can open up a world of new opportunities.

Goethe Institute Language Directors Meeting North America

April saw all the language directors from Goethe Institutes across North America descend on the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta for their annual Sprachtreffen or language directors meeting. It was great to be able to showcase what we have here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta and welcome our colleagues to our home here in Atlanta. Whilst they were here, our Consul General, the Hon. Christoph Sander, invited everyone for dinner at his home, along with some of our board members and local educators.

German Book Club – April Meeting

And finally, the German Book Club held it’s second meeting at the end of the month. This meeting, they discussed “Ruhm” by Daniel Kehlmann (Fame in English). All had differing opinions on the  book but the discussion was lively and interesting.

The next meeting will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015, where the group will be discussing the book “Mein Amerika, Dein Amerika” by Tom Buhrow und Sabine Stamer. If you’re interested in joining, please email

See, another lively month here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, just how we like it! Did you make it to any of our events?


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