IN PICTURES: September at the Goethe!

September at the Goethe

Phew! September was a jam packed month here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta! We had so many things going on it was hard to keep track of what was happening when! We love it when we’re busy though so we’re definitely not complaining!

Here’s a little run-down of what we got up to in September:

TU9 Roadshow – Atlanta

We kicked off the month of September by hosting the TU9 Roadshow as it visited Atlanta. Representatives from 9 TU universities presented their institutions and informed guests about possible research opportunities in Germany. Local universities and those interested in spending time at the TU9 universities headed to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta to find out more. It was a great night that sparked a lot of conversation and interest in carrying out research abroad.

Goethe-Zertifikat Deutsch Celebration Evening – Woodward Academy

On the same evening as the TU9 Roadshow we were also celebrating students at Woodward Academy in Atlanta. 9 of them took the Goethe-Zertifikat Deutsch exams at various levels and were presented with certificates at a special ceremony. Other languages were also represented and it was great to see young people getting involved with world languages.


University of North Georgia partners with the Goethe-Institut

Great news for our friends at the University of North Georgia (UNG) – with our help, they’ve established a new partnership with the Goethe-Insitut, strengthening their language program and  providing advanced courses to students and we’re so excited for them! This is a great opportunity for the university, it’s students and ourselves to really put German language learning on the map and carve out some fantastic careers in the process! Representatives from UNG traveled to Munich to sign the deal, the direct-enrollment program, in which UNG students will enroll in the institute, is the only one of its kind. UNG plans to begin sending students to the institute in summer 2016. You can read more about this by clicking here.


Dr. Billy Wells, left, vice president of executive affairs, signs a partnership agreement with the Goethe-Institut on behalf of UNG President Bonita Jacobs.

Robert Bosch Foundation Program Information Session

Next up, we hosted the guys from Cultural Vistas as they presented an information session for the Robert Bosch Foundation Program. The program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that offers fifteen accomplished Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive professional development program in Germany. Bosch Fellows work as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany.  In addition, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with key figures across Germany and Europe. Prior to their work placements and seminars, Bosch Fellows participate in up to 5 months of language training with both private tutors in the United States and group classes in Germany. It was great to see some young professionals from the local area showing an interest in this and having Cultural Vistas as a partner. We look forward to working with them again in the future.

Movie and a Cocktail: Bernhard Wicki’s “Die Brücke”

Our latest movie in our ‘Germany in the 20th Century through the films of Germany’s greatest directors’ series was a great success! We screened Bernhard Wicki’s “Die Brücke” and added a special twist offering a special cocktail to enjoy during the movie. About 60 guests came along to watch the screening, which was introduced by  Dr. Faye Stewart, Assistant Professor for Modern and Classical Languages at Georgia State University. They also enjoyed our featured cocktail, ‘Unsung Hero’ made with  kirsch, brandy and lemonade. Our friends from Welcoming Atlanta also came along for a screening of their welcome video. Our next film will be Heiner Carow’s “The Legend of Paul and Paula,” introduced by Dr. Jan Uelzmann Assistant Professor of German in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Institute of Technology and will feature the cocktail,”Pfirsichbowle,” which is a peach and white wine punch. More details and how to register can me found here.

Cross-Cultural Workshop with the GermanyAlabama Partnership

We headed out into Alabama in September and, with the help of the GermanyAlabama Partnership, we hosted a cross-cultural workshop for business professionals in the state. 18 people attended and, along with advice about professional and personal relationships with German people, attendees were also taught some simple German phrases. We received lots of positive feedback and look forward to strengthening our relationship with the AlabamaGermany Partnership in the future.

Big German Career Day – Mit Deutsch Karriere machen, Alabama

September also saw us kicking off our series of Big German Career Days – Mit Deutsch Karriere machen. For this, we headed to Vestavia Hills High School and spoke to 300 German students about how important learning the language can be for their future careers. With the help of local business professional, Kirk Atkinson, President, Adah International Inc. we answered students questions, talked to them about training and career opportunities in Germany and with German companies with Kirk also describing his ideal candidate for a job. If you’re interested in having a career day at your school, please contact our Outreach Director, Meredith Steinmetz at to schedule a visit.

European Day of Languages 2015

September 24th saw us teaming up with our colleagues at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta to celebrate the European Day of Languages 2015. This year we focused on the theme of ‘Advancing your career through world languages’ and welcomed guest speaker John Woodward, Senior Director, Foreign Investment, Metro Atlanta Chamber who talked about how being able to speak 2 foreign languages helps him in his career. We also had a panel discussion with Mr. Woodward, Mr. James Blair, Managing Consultant, Navigator Consulting, Dr. William Nichols – Department Chair World Languages and Culture, Georgia State University and Ms. Marcia A. Spielberger – Consultant World Languages who answered questions from the audience. Prizes were then given out to the winners of our student competition followed by a reception.

Fall Semester Language Courses 2015

Our fall semester of language courses kicked off on September 28 and we welcomed a whole host of new students into the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. It’s great to see so many people taking up courses and dedicating their time to learn German. They’ll definitely benefit in the future if you ask us!

Food Security Conference

Finally, we hosted a Food Security Conference organized by Kennesaw State University along with a partner university from Germany.

All the usual happenings…

And of course all of our usual events continued throughout the month of September too! Our ‘A Note on Opera’ course saw the class discussing “Le nozze di Figaro,”our book club met and discussed the book  “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson and of course the Bundesliga boys met for their fix of soccer at the Soccer Breakfast every Saturday in our auditorium!

See, we told you September was jam packed! Things won’t be slowing down in October either! Were you at any of our events? Which was your favorite?

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