IN PICTURES: October at the Goethe!
Let the month in review commence! It seems we were everywhere in October! Fall is definitely the busiest time of the year here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta and we love it! Where to start with October! Ready for the low down? Read on!
Career Day – Lassiter High School
Fall is career day time at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta and October started with just that! We headed to Lassiter High School to talk to two groups of students about how learning German can improve their career opportunities. It’s great to get out and about and speak to the next generation – it gives them a new outlook on their futures and could help solidify their career choice!
A new partnership with the Dante Alighieri Miami
October also saw a new beginning at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. Along with our colleagues at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta, we met up with the guys from the Dante Alighieri Miami to talk about future partnerships here in Atlanta. We discussed the possibility of Italian classes, future events and other exciting opportunities between the 3 organizations! So, watch this space! We’ll keep you posted!
A Note on Opera: Jules Massenet’s “Werther”
Our monthly opera lecture looked at Jules Massenet’s “Werther” in October. Guests were treated to a fantastic lecture about the opera which is considered Massenet’s masterpiece, it also is quite faithful to Goethe’s novel. It’s an intimate work with the tragedy of unrequited love leading to suicide played out in a world unaware and uncaring. The next lecture will take place in December when we’ll look at Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel.“
#HereIStand… Luther Exhibition Opening
Next up saw the launch of another of our fall programs – the #HereIStand… Luther exhibit. This kicked off a series of events to mark the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses. The #HereIStand poster exhibit presents a comprehensive picture ofLuther’s life, work and of the Reformation—its history, cultural-historical environment, and impact. The evening began with a speech about Martin Luther’s life – new insights on the daily life of the Reformer from Project Manager Dr. Tomoko Emmerling, State Museum of Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt – State Museum of Prehistory in Halle (Saale), Germany. It was followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Louis Nebelsiek – Advisor to the Landesamt für Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt (Halle) Germany, Dr Tomoko Emmerling and Mr. Robert Kluth, Kurator of the Poster exhibition #Here I stand, Berlin Germany followed by questions from the audience. If you didn’t make it to the opening, don’t worry, the exhibition will be on display here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta until March 2017 so make sure you stop by to take a look!
Career Days & Intercultural Workshops: Alabama & Tennessee
In October we took our career days and intercultural workshops on the road and headed to Alabama and Tennessee. We stopped off at Auburn High School, Auburn University, Samford University, Tuscaloosa Academy and the University of Alabama along with a number of schools in Tennessee where we spoke to students about the cultural differences between the U.S. and Germany and about how learning German can influence and help with future careers.
German American Culture Foundation Intern Lunch
Once a year, we host an intern from a high school in Germany, organized by the German-American Culture Foundation. At the end of the fortnight, the interns get together and share lunch with their respective businesses and the GAC-F , this year the came to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta! We want to say a big thank you to our intern Emily for all her help over the 2 weeks she was here!
Georgia Tech Career Fair
Another place we went to talk about the benefits of learning German was the Georgia Tech Career Fair. We love heading to this yearly event to speak to students and encourage them to get involved in learning German and how this can influence their careers within the large German community here in the south east.
Movie Night: Le Temps D’Anna
Next up came the screening of the Swiss movie, Greg Zglinski’s “Le Temps D’Anna.” For this event we joined forces with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta and the Alliance Française d’Atlanta and welcomed the screenwriter Noémie Kocher who held a Q&A session after the film which focused on a young watchmaker who fell head over heels with a mysterious young woman.
Movie Night: Elective Affinities
We followed up a movie night with another movie night! This time, it was the screening of Siegfried Kühns “Elective Affinities” as part of our 40 years of Geothe in Atlanta celebrations. The audience listened to introductory remarks by Dr. Peter Höyng, Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at Emory University before settling down to enjoy the film.
A Word on Art: Thomas Struth’s “Nature and Politics”
October also saw the latest event in our “A Word on Art” series when a small group of members visited the Thomas Struth exhibit, “Nature and Politics” at the High Museum of Art. Guests were led around the exhibit by the museum’s Assistant Curator of Photography. The High Museum is the first in the United States to present this work.
On top of all that, we hosted an event by the C5 Foundation, an information session for the Georgia Young Ambassadors Program, partnered with the Atlanta Opera for a screening of Joyeux Noël at the Midtown Arts Cinema and of course held our regular Bundesliga Soccer Breakfasts and book club meetings! Phew, October was super busy!! November hasn’t been any quieter so far so stay tuned for an update on this month’s happenings in a couple of weeks!
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