IN PICTURES: June at the Goethe!

June at the Goethe

The summer months are usually a little quieter around these parts but that doesn’t mean we have nothing to tell you about, in fact, it’s quite the opposite! So, here’s a run down of what we got up to in June.

Goethe-Institut Regional Examiners Training

From June 5 through June 7, we hosted a 3-day regional examiners training for new and existing examination partners in the south-eastern US. A trainer from the Goethe-Institut headquarters in Munich traveled to Atlanta to prepare 15 individuals, including 3 Goethe-Zentrum instructors, to serve as official and certified examiners for the Goethe-exams Start Deutsch 1 (A1), Start Deutsch 2 (A2), as well as the Goethe-Zertifikat B1.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015

Our German ladies kicked off their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in June and we screened the group stage matches. It was great to see them doing so well and advancing into the final 16. They’ve now made it to the semi-finals and will hopefully make it to the final and lift the trophy just like our boys!

FSLA German Immersion Day

On June 15, we hosted our first German Immersion Day for students at the Federal Service Language Academy. 10 students made the trip from North Georgia to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta to spend the day immersed in German language and culture. The theme of the day was hobbies and interests – the students talked about what they like to do in their spare time, how they do it and where. A great day was had by all!

FSLA photos courtesy of Heather Lund Photography.

European Science Café – Climate Change and Health Impacts

On June 17, we hosted the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, the German Consulate General Atlanta and the European Science Café as they presented Climate Change and Health Impacts – A Global Issue: “Where Science and Diplomacy meet.” Special guest, Dr. George Luber, Associate Director for Climate Change in the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects at the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, talked about the effects of severe climate change on health.

Ballschule USA

Next up, we headed out to Decatur to check out Ballschule USA who were holding a summer camp for kids. Ballschule is an initiative from Germany that wants children to get involved with activities that encourage creativity, coordination and child centered, not coach centered development. It is used by Bundesliga Clubs throughout Germany as an all-round athlete development program to give children and better foundation of all sports, before specializing on one. We got to try out some of the games the children participate in, including shoe hockey and a variation on handball. It was great to see the kids using different skills to work out problems. We’re hoping to partner with Ballschule USA in the future so watch this space!

Visit to the FSLA at the University of North Georgia

Towards the end of the month, our Outreach Director, Meredith Steinmetz, and interns Svenja and Philamon, took a trip to the University of North Georgia to visit the Federal Services Language Academy (FSLA). There, they met with John Wilson, the Associate Vice President of International Programs for the Center for Global Engagement at the University of North Georgia, along with professors from the Portuguese Department at the university. There, they talked about the FSLA, the program, what the students think about it and the different language classes they offer including German, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Arabic and Portuguese – all of which are not taught in most Georgia schools. They also visited the classes, toured the campus and spoke to the students. It was great to get out and about into the community and learn a little more about the program in North Georgia.

Movie Night: Douglas Sirk’s “La Habanera”

June also saw the latest film in our series, ‘Germany in the 20th Century through the films of Germany’s greatest directors,’ when we screened Douglas Sirk’s “La Habanera.” The film was introduced by Dr. Faye Stewart, Assistant Professor for Modern and Classical Languages at Georgia State University. She concentrates on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century German and Austrian Literature, Film, and Popular Culture; Gender and Sexuality Studies and gave a great talk before hosting a question and answer session. Guests then watched the film and enjoyed a small wine and cheese reception.

Book Club – June Meeting

And finally, our Goethe-Zentrum Altanta book club met for its June meeting. The guys held a lively discusion about the book “Leb Wohl Berlin,” by Christopher Isherwood (English title, “Goodbye Berlin.”) Some interesting points were made and everyone seemed to enjoy it. The book club is now taking a couple of months off but will be back on September 27, 2015 when the group will be discussing “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson. If you’re interested in joining the book club, please email

Did you come to any of our events? Which was your favorite?


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