IN PICTURES: November at the Goethe!
As fall draws to a close, things start to slow down a little at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta in preparation for the Holiday’s! However, that doesn’t meant that November was a slow month, quite the contrary! As usual we were out and about in the southeast, hosting events here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta and welcoming whoever walked through our doors with a smile! Ready to hear what happened? Read on friends, read on!
18th Annual European Wine Tasting
As per every year on the first Friday of November, we teamed up with the Consulate General of Switzerland, Consulate General of Greece, Honorary Consulate General of Hungary and the Alliance Française d’Atlanta to host the 18th Annual European Wine Tasting. Guests milled around the event, sampling fine wines from France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Switzerland which with paired with various different complementing food samples. We’re already looking forward to next year – save the date for the 19th Annual European Wine Tasting: Friday, November 3, 2017!
Our career day program continued into November when we visited several more schools and universities to talk to students about the benefits of learning German and how it can impact their future careers. This month we went to: Whitewater High School, North Oconee High School, Georgia Gwinnett College, University of North Georgia and South Forsyth High School. To add to this, our Executive Director, Miriam Bruns, spoke with students at Georgia Tech about the German reaction to the US election and how it may or may not effect transatlantic relations in the future.
Swiss Author Milena Moser
In November, along with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta, we also welcomed Swiss author Milena Moser to the Goethe. Ms. Moser read and excerpt from her book, „Das Glück sieht immer anders aus” („Happiness – What did I expect?“) and held a Q&A session with guests who also enjoyed a small reception. Milena Moser is one of Switzerland’s most well-known and beloved authors. She has published 18 books to date, novels, short stories and memoirs. They are translated in nine European languages, three of her novels were adapted for the screen. She wrote radio plays, numerous essays, and a weekly column for eight years.
CGIV International Women’s Associates Luncheon
Next up was some more hosting duties for the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta when the Georgia Council for International Visitors’s International Women’s Associates met at the Goethe to listen to a presentation from Ambassador Detlev Ruenger, Consul General of the Federal Republic of German in Atlanta who spoke about the role of the Consulate here in the southeast, the various tasks the Consul General himself deals with on a daily basis and how the Consulate helps expats and others in the region.
Visit from the Deputy Chief of Mission
Also in November, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Boris Ruge, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington DC who stopped by the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta with Ambassador Detlev Ruegner, Consul General of the Federal Republic of German in Atlanta while he was in town. We gave him a tour of our facility and chatted about the Goethe-Zentrum and its role here in Atlanta.
A Note on Opera: Richard Wagner’s “Die Walküre”
Next up our monthly opera class met once again, this time to discuss Richard Wagner’s “Die Walküre” [The Valkyrie]. The class heard how this was the 2nd opera in the composer’s monumental tetralogy, “The Ring of the Nibelung.” Our teacher, Mr. David Kerr, went on to discuss how in “Walküre” the transition begins from a world dominated by gods to one dominated by humans and how Wagner’s music can be monumental and intimate, nowhere more so than in “Die “Walküre.” where we watch a family slowly disintegrate, as siblings reuniting leads to tragedy, a marriage unravels, and the towering figure of the god Wotan must sacrifice his dearest children. This month we’re getting all festive and discussing Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel.“ Click here to register and reserve your spot for the lecture on Monday, December 12, 2016!
A Word on Art: Lucas Cranach’s “Law and Grace”
This event saw a small group of members meeting at Emory University for a special tour of the “Law and Grace” exhibit. First up, guests were given the chance to look through some original works before moving onto the exhibit where they experienced a special tour from one of the exhibit collaborators, Armin Siedlecki. Guests were able to take in the famous painting that is currently hanging at the university, along with many other artifacts from that era. The exhibition will remain open at Emory University until January 16, 2017.
Georgia Gives Day 2016
As the holidays and giving season kicks off, we mark it with Georgia Gives Day! It’s a day for Georgians to come together and support the local nonprofit organizations that do so much in their communities, to give back and support those who make a difference. As we’re celebrating 40 years of Goethe in Atlanta, we asked you to support us by donating $40.00 to the Goethe – $1.00 for every year the Goethe has been in Atlanta and support us you did! We cannot thank you enough for all your donations – you’re all amazing!
German Illustrator Torben Kuhlmann visits Whitewater High School
And, last but by no means least in November, just before Thanksgiving, we took German illsutrator Torben Kuhlmann to visit students at Whitewater High School. Torben was born in Hamburg and studied illustration and design at the University for Applied Sciences in Hamburg. His first work, Lindbergh – The Tale of a Flying Mouse, quickly became a best seller and owes its inventiveness to Torben’s great enthusiasm for unusual mechanical inventions. Moletown is his second book for NorthSouth. Torben spoke to the children, showed them some of his work and took questions from them.
So there you have it, another busy month at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta! We’re ready for the holiday’s! We hope to see you all at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta again soon!
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