IN PICTURES: December at the Goethe!

We know December seems so long ago now everyone’s back to work after the Holidays but we still haven’t given you the rundown on what happened at the Goethe! So, it’s time to cast your mind back and relive the last month of the year with us!

December at the Goethe

Big German Career Day/Mit Deutsch Karriere machen! – Brookwood High School

We kicked December off in style with a Big German Career Day! The final one of the year saw us heading to Brookwood High School in Snellville to talk to students about the benefits of learning German and how the language can help them in their future careers. We also took a local German businessman to talk about how a second language benefited his career and what he would be looking for in a future employee. Another successful career day!

European Science Café – “Sleepless in New York”

Next up came the final European Science Café of the year which was hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta with a facilitated discussion by Biological Anthropologist Helen Fisher. Over 100 people packed into our auditorium to watch the film which explored the difficult path out of self-destructive obsessive behavior, toward a new self. The film as followed by a great discussion led by Helen Fisher who researches the astounding and profound processes that are unfolding in the brain of the lovesick.

German Author Beate Dölling

The first weekend in December saw us welcome German author Beate Dölling to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. She kicked off her visit with our Thursday night literature class where she read one of her books with the class and discussed it with them. Then came the school visits which saw Frau Dölling heading to Whitewater High School in Fayettville and the Atlanta International School where she read parts of her books to students who were all eager to listen and enjoyed the events.

Holiday Happy Hour

Tuesday December 8th saw us teaming up with our French colleagues at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta for our Holiday Happy Hour. Guests were invited to come along, share a glass of wine or glühwein with us and take a look back at 2015 and it’s achievements both personal and at both the Alliance Française and Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. We also tucked into some Christmas treats whilst mixing and mingling with friends old and new. A great, relaxed evening was had by all.

Workshop: How to Apply for Jobs in Germany

The final installment of our series of workshops on how to apply for a job in Germany also took place in December. Students looked at the all important ‘Lebenslauf’ and how to conduct themselves in interviews, focusing on those tricky questions that could make or break your job interview. If you’re interested in  taking one of these workshops, please contact

A Note on Opera: “Der Rosenkavalier”

And of course, there was our last ‘A Note on Opera’ lecture of the year. This time, students took a detailed look at Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier.” Another great crowd came to listen to our teacher, Mr. David Kerr discuss the opera which was a radical departure from Strauss’s preceding works and originally intended to be a full-blown comedy but which evolved into a nuanced, affectionate observation on the vagaries of the human heart and acceptance of time passing us by.


So there you have it, another fun packed month at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta! As we kick off our 40th anniversary year, January is already looking busy too! We kick it off with evening of networking and discussion with Christian Carius, President of the Thuringian State Parliament, then we’ll have our first ‘A Note on Opera’ lecture of the year where we’ll be looking at Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” ‘A Word on Art’ follows where we’ll take a tour of the Habsburg Splendor exhibition at the High Museum of Art, a lecture from Dr. Stefan Krause from The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is next, then the screening of our first movie of the year, “Not my Day [Nicht mein Tag]” and finally our first book club meeting of 2016. Phew! If that’s how January is looking, the rest of the year is bound to be pretty packed too, especially as we’re celebrating that 40th anniversary!

We hope to see you at some of our many programs throughout the year!

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