IN PICTURES: May at the Goethe!

May at the Goethe

We don’t know about you but we can’t believe that it’s June already! Where has this year gone so far? Anyway, it seems May was an extremely busy month here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta so it’s time for a little run down of what’s been going on!

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin:

We got two new interns!

May 1st saw too unsuspecting interns walk through our door from Germany! Svenja is joining the team for 2 months with Philamon staying here for 9 months. So far they’re doing great and we’re loving having them around to help us out. We think they’re enjoying it too! They’ll definitely be around at our events that are coming up this month as well as in the office, so, if you stop by, make sure you say hello to them!


AATG Honors Night at Georgia Tech

The AATG Georgia’s annual honors night was this year held at Georgia Tech and of course we were there! Awards were presented to students who had excelled in their study of German over the past school year. Our executive director, Miriam Bruns, presented the award of Student of the Year to Dae Gun Chung Kim from North Gwinnett High School and gave him a scholarship for a Goethe German Language Course in Germany. It was great to see so many students excelling in their studies of German.


Ulrich Murtfeld Piano Recital

On the first Sunday in May we hosted a piano recital at the Steinway Piano Galleries in Alpharetta. German pianist Ulrich Murtfeld took to the keys to entertain a group of guests with a range of classical pieces rangning from Chopin to Liszt to Debussy. The 90 minutes recital was fantastic and beautifully played. It was followed by an intimate wine and cheese reception with the pianist.

In Conversation with…Volker Bausch

On the same night we hosted another event with the Atlanta Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany, the Transatlantic Outreach Program and the German American Chamber of Commerce in the Southern U.S., Inc, at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. In Conversation With Volker Bausch, saw Mr. Bausch talk about Point Alpha, the former US observation post in the so-called “Fulda Gap”, which was one of the hot spots of the Cold War. At Point Alpha, US troops confronted the threat of invasion on the former inner German border. Mr. Bausch’s lecture illustrated ‘the confrontation of the power blocs, the development of the border illustrations with their security elements, as well as routine aspects of the military presence and a portrayal of life on – and with – the border from the point of view of the local population.’

A Word on Art: The Works of Mildred Thompson

The next event came just days after the last one! On Friday, May 8, Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta members were given an exclusive look at the art works of Mildred Thompson (1936-2003), on display at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Andi McKenzie, Assistant Curator, Works on Paper, showed and described the works of Ms. Thompson, an African-American artist who studied, worked and lived in Germany. The lively tour gave us and our visitors the chance to get a very personal impression of the life and art of Mildred Thompson.

Bewerbungstraining I & II

May saw a new course take place at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta with a spot of Berwerbungstraining. If you’re dreaming of or planning to jump ship on the American Dream and head over to Germany then this is the course for you. Our instructor Martina Kraus, helped students to put together their Lebenslauf (the German equivalent of a CV) and told them the dos and don’ts of applying for a job over there. During the second training, the focus switched to the interview process, how to deal with those tough questions and what German employers expect from you. If this sounds like your thing, look out for future training sessions!

Forsyth Central High School 1st Annual National German Exam Awards Night

Next up, we were at the Forsyth Central High School 1st annual National German Exam awards night. Here, we discussed the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta’s programs, specifically the Outreach program and provided details about immersion days and upcoming career days in the fall. We stressed the importance of continuing to learn the language in order to further future academic and career endeavors along with the fact that Georgia and the southeast US has a lot of potential in terms of the increase in German companies (big and small) looking for young business men and women who already have a foundation & understanding of the language. Awards were passed out by Meredith Steinmetz and Dr. Muriel Thibodeaux, FCHS World Language Department Chair and German/Spanish teacher. Meredith and our intern, Svenja, also passed out Haribo and Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta t-shirts to all award recipients.

TAG Meeting – “German Education Model K12”

On May 15, we opened our doors to Atlanta business partners and guests representing TAG, the Atlanta City Council, the German Consul General and the German American Chamber of Commerce as part of our Treffpunkt Goethe program. They discussed the German Education system as a model for comparison against the US system, with particular attention drawn to the lack of skilled workers emerging from US schools. The group identified 3 key issues –a market saturated with jobs and no one to fill them, a problem of under-prepared young people seeking jobs, and a lack of organization among those seeking to bring about change – and agreed on several action items designed to further strategize priorities for future meetings on the topic.

Bundesliga Breakfast – Season End & The DFB Pokalfinale

On May 23, the Bundesliga season came to an exciting climax! With teams battling to survive at the bottom, we hosted our final Bundesliga Breakfast of the season. Around 35 people headed on down to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta to cheer on their team and see just who would be playing in the Bundesliga 1 next season. The following weekend (May 30) 40 people came down to watch Borussia Dortmund take on VfL Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokalfinale. Drinks and snacks were available as fans cheered their team to victory or walked away with a sullen face. The match saw Wolfsburg lift the cup for the first time. So, we’ve waved goodbye to another Bundesliga season but don’d worry – it will be back in August! Mark your calendars for August 15th!

Movie Screening: Fritz Lang’s “M”

May also saw a new movie series kick off here a the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta with the screening of Fritz Lang’s classic movie, “M.” Just over 40 people headed into our auditorium to watch the film, which was introducied by Dr. Jan Uelzmann of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Uelzmann teaches courses on all aspects of German studies, with a particular emphasis on contemporary culture, literature and media. He gave our guests an overview of the historical background, the development and the symbolism of Fritz Langs work. ‘M’ is a 1931 German drama-thriller film starring Peter Lorre. One of the first sound films in Germany, Lang considered it his finest work. After the film screening, our guests were encouraged to take part in an exciting discussion with Dr. Uelzmann. Then, all participants were invited for drinks, snacks, and mingling for a post-discussion.

Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Book Club – May Meeting

Our monthly book club held their May meeting on the very last day of the month! This month, they focussed on the book “Mein Amerika – Dein Amerika” by Sabine Stamer and Tom Buhrow. The group held a lively discussion…

The next meeting will be held on Sunday, June 28, at 3:00pm, where the group will be discussing “Leb Wohl, Berlin” by Christopher Isherwood. (English title, “Goodbye to Berlin.”) If you’re interested in joining, please email

Did you make it to any of our events this month? Which was your favorite?


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