IN PICTURES: January at the Goethe!

To say we started the year off with a busy month is an understatement – so much for easing our way into 2016! However, we wanted to start our 40th anniversary year with a bang and we definitely did! So much happened in January we don’t know where to start but we’re pretty sure you’re looking forward to the round-up so we’ll give it a go!

January 2016 at the Goethe

Networking and Discussion: Economic Transformation in East Germany 25 Years after Unification

We started off the year with a visit from German politican Christian Carius. Carius is the President of Thuringen State Parliament and along with the American Council on Germany and the GACC South,  he gave a lecture on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the offices of the GACC South. Carius talked about how the economic reconstruction in Thuringia is a success story that needs to be continued and how since 1990, most damages of the communist era have been eliminated. With its modern infrastructure and well-educated people Thuringia today is one of the sites with the best investment environment in Europe. A great evening was had by all.

A Note on Opera: Beethoven’s “Fidelio”

Next up was our month lecture, A Note on Opera where this month, students focused on Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” This opera is a tale of resistance against opression which has inspired generations, none more so than those living under National Socialist rule throughout occupied Europe. Beethoven described it as his most valued “child.” Another successful lecture and great evening was had by all! Next month it’s Richard Strauss’s “Elektra” on Monday, March 14, 2016. Click here for more and to register!

A Word on Art: Habsburg Splendor

On Friday, January 15, 2016, our A Word on Art series kicked off for the new year with a docent-led tour of the Habsburg Splendor exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. 25 members took the tour and thoroughly enjoyed looking at the many different artifacts that were on show at the museum before the exhibition closed.

Lecture: Dr. Stefan Krause, The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Following on from the A Word on Art tour, guests made their way across the street to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta where they were joined by more members and supporters to listen to a lecture by Dr. Stefan Krause from The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Dr. Krause is the curator or arms and armor at the museum and talked about “The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna – Imperial treasures, imperial stories.” It was a great evening to celebrate the end of the exhibition at the High Museum of Art.

Movie Night: Not My Day [Nicht Mein Tag]

Then came our first movie night of 2016 when we screened the film ‘Not My Day [Nicht Mein Tag.] Around 50 people, including a group of school students, settled down to watch the film about  a banker named Till who was dissatisfied with his career and his domestic responsibilities as a husband and father. But his life was changed forever when he was taken hostage by an ex-con. Another successful movie night! Watch out for the next one in March!

School Visit: The Westminster School

20 students from The Westminster School headed to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta for a career day with ourselves and our French colleagues at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta. We spoke to the students about how learning German and French can further their career, informed them about the possible opportunities there are for studying abroad and how having a second language on your résumé can really boost your career prospects. We played a few games and helped the students to learn a little more German and French!

Bundesliga Returns!

January also saw the return of our Bundesliga Soccer Breakfasts after the winter break! It was great to see the soccer fans back in the auditorium cheering on their teams whilst munching on a bagel and sipping some coffee! Our soccer breakfasts are a great chance for fans to catch up with their old friends and meet some new ones while watching a Bundesliga game live from Germany on our big screen. They take place every Saturday during the Bundesliga season and kick off at 9:30am. Make sure you join us for one!

AATG Sprachbad

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, we hosted the Georgia chapter of the AATG Sprachbad. 36 teachers from across the state headed to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta for a workshop where they bounced ideas off each other.

German Journalist Christoph von Marschall at Clemson University

As part of our Elyseé Treaty celebrations, we invited German journalist Christoph von Marschall to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. Before he took part in a panel discussion, he went to talk to students at Clemson University. Around 40 students came to listen to Dr. von Marschall, the Chief Diplomatic Correspondent at Der Taggespiel in Berlin, give a lecture entitled ‘What’s the matter with America? What’s the matter with Europe?’ Dr. von Marschall went on to talk about their cultural differences and their roots in history focusing on things like the gun culture in American and the different social and health systems.

Elyseé Treaty Celebration 2016

January ended with our annual Elyseé Treaty Celebration. For this, we teamed up with the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Atlanta and the Alliance Française d’Atlanta for a panel discussion focusing on international terrorism, the UN Climate Change Conference and the refugee crisis in Europe. German journalist Christoph von Marschall (Der Tagesspiegel) and French journalist Gallagher Fenwick (France 24) discussed the various topics with the help of moderator Dr. Vicky Birchfield, associate professor at The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute for Technology. A great discussion was had between the two journalists which was followed by questions from the audience. Another successful and interesting Elyseé Treaty celebration!

Following on from the event, our Communications Manager, Rachel Richter, sat down with Dr. von Marschall and interiewed him about the various subjects discussed the previous evening. You can read the interview here.

Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Book Club – January Meeting

And finally in January we saw the first meeting of the year of the book club. The group kicked off the year with another vibrant discussion. This year’s reading list will feature work from authors who have been guests here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta during the last 40 years as part of our anniversary celebrations. The next book club takes place at the end of this month where the group will be discussing “The Wall Jumper” by Peter Schneider. If you’re interested in getting involved with the book club, please email 

And that was January! See, busy, busy, busy! February hasn’t been much quieter so far either! We’re definitely celebrating our 40th anniversary in style! We hope to see you at some of our anniversary celebrations throughout the year!

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