IN PICTURES: February at the Goethe!

To say we started our 40th anniversary year with a lot of events might just be an understatement! We all saw what went on in January (check it out by clicking here) and let’s just say February was just as manic! If you’re going to celebrate 40 years, you may as well do it properly, right?

February at the Goethe 2016

9th Women’s Series: Women in Entrepreneurship

February started with the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta hosting the 9th Women’s Series and a panel discussion on Women in Entrepreneurship. Over 50 people came to listen to the panel that included Joyce Bone, Board of Advisors, Kennesaw State University – Entrepreneurship Center, Renee Sandler, Founder & CEO, BLAMtastic, LLC, and Rita Wuebbler, President & Founder, Interglobe Cross-Cultural Business Services, Inc. share their insights and experiences as successful entrepreneurs. They also addressed the key elements of success, difficult decision making and the importance of women within entrepreneurship. The panel was moderated by Stefanie Jehlitschka, Vice President, GACC South.

School Visit: Etowah High School

The following day came a visit from Etowah High School. 37 German students made the trip to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta where we talked about how learning German can help them in their future careers. The students played games and created presentations about how they think German will benefit them.

Goethe Family Circle Reception

The beginning of February also sees our major donor appreciation event with our Goethe Family Circle Reception. We invited our major donors, supporters, volunteers and members of the Atlanta community to kick off our 40th anniversary year and say thank you to them for keeping the Goethe name in Atlanta. The room was filled with dignitaries from the Atlanta area, partners we currently work with and have worked with in the past, supporters who have seen the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta evolve over the past 40 years, current and previous staff members and volunteers and anyone who has contributed to the success of the Goethe in Atlanta. As well as saying a huge thank you to our donors, supporters and volunteers, we also inducted the newest members into the Goethe Family Circle, Mrs. Tede Flemming, Mr Peter Halpaus and Mr. Douglas C. Justice. You can read more about the evening and see more pictures here.

A Note on Opera: Wagner’s “Lohengrin”

As usual on the second Monday of the month, the ‘A Note on Opera’ lecture took place. This month the lecture focused on Wagner’s “Lohengrin,” the last of Wagner’s more traditional works with its choruses, diets and arias and is considered the “swan song” of German Romantic Nationalism. Next month we’ll be looking at Richard Strauss’s “Elektra.” If you’re interested in joining the lecture, click here for more information and to register.

Working with Germans: German-American Intercultural Workshop

Those who wanted to understand their German colleagues a little better headed to the Geothe-Zentrum Atlanta in February for a German-American Intercultural Workshop. Participants explored the values, attitude and beliefs Germans share and express in their day-to-day behavior – at work or in social contexts and were shown strategies for success at the German-US interface from our facilitator, Ms. Rita Wuebbeler, President of Interglobe Cross Cultural Business Services, Inc.

Theater Play: The Strawberry Girl

Next, we welcomed our friends from Israeli Stage Boston for a production of the theater play, “The Strawberry Girl” by Savyon Liebrecht. The play was directed by Guy Ben-Aharon and focuses on a German woman and her son Ludwig who live in Poland, where her husband works at a “factory.” Their lives change after she meets a Jewish girl who grows strawberries as big as a man’s fist. The play deals with the confrontation of blissful ignorance and a tragic personal intimacy. It was great to welcome the guys back to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta!

An Evening of Magic with Martin Lübke

It was a full house on Saturday, February 13, 2016 as we welcomed German magician Martin Lübke who wowed the crowd with his tricks! He used all sorts of different objects for his tricks that definitely impressed the crowd and left them wondering just how he did it! Check out the pictures – they definitely help to showcase his magic!

Stefan Grasse and Raphael Kempken in Concert

The following day we hosted musicians Stefan Grasse and Raphael Kempken for a concert. Grasse played guitar while Kempken played percussion during an afternoon of fantastic music. Both musicians are from Germany- Kempken made his international debut at the age of 16 at the Edinburgh ‘Fringe’ festival with Grasse having performed over 1,800 concerts in Europe, Australia, Argentina, Turkey, China and the U.S.A. (including the “Concierto de Aranjuez”).

Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Interviews

As part of our Treffpunkt Goethe program, we hosted the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Interviews here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta in February. The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German Young Professionals the opportunity to spend one year in each others’ countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. Students came to the Goethe-Zentrum to interview for one of the positions.

A Word on Art: Three Euros

One of our final events of the month saw us welcome Stuttgart architect Thorsten Kock for the latest lecture in our ‘A Word on Art’ series. Kock was in Atlanta as part of the Three Euros exhibition at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he is an alumni. On Friday, February 26, 2016, he spoke to an audience here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta about the the place of architecture in our society.

Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Book Club – February Meeting

And last, but by no means least, we held our February book club meeting. This month we discussed  “The Wall Jumper” by Peter Schneider with the discussion held in German. This year, we’re focusing our reading list on authors who we have previously hosted at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta in honor of our 40th anniversary celebrations. Next month (on Sunday, March 20, 2016) the group will be discussing “Islands of the Dying Light” by Rolf Lappert which is available both English and German. The discussion will be in English. If you’re interested in joining the book club, you can find more information here or you can email

And that was February at the Goethe! We have more exciting events coming up this month including an author reading by German contemporary author Christopher Kloeble. For more information on that and how to register, click here.

We hope you enjoyed February with us and to see you again at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta soon!


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