A Special Message from the Chairman of the Board and the Executive Director

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Dear Members, Supporters, and Friends,

Thank you for making 2016 another successful year at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta and for celebrating 40 years of Goethe in Atlanta.

Programs such as the Elysée Treaty event in January, the launch of the Luther Exhibition in October, the 18th Annual European Wine Tasting in November and of course, the Goethe 40th Birthday Ball in August would not have been possible without your support.

A special thank you goes out to those of you who have supported us financially. Your generous donations have enabled us to fulfill our mission this past year. Also thanks to  our dedicated board members, our teachers, staff and of course, to all our volunteers who have generously donated their time and talent throughout 2016.

2016 was a special year for the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta as we celebrated 40 years in Atlanta. You, the local community, who saved us from closure when funding from the German government was cut, made this year possible. We cannot thank you enough for all your support and determination to keep the Goethe-Zentrum in Atlanta. We hope you enjoyed our anniversary programming to celebrate this milestone.

Looking ahead to 2017, January’s cultural program calendar is already filling up with the #CanYouFashionIt events and of course, the annual celebration of the Elysée Treaty.

We hope to see you at our various events and programming throughout 2017 and look forward to welcoming you to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta.


Barry Spurlock                         Miriam Bruns
Chairman of the Board         Executive Director

A special thank you to the Goethe Family Circle Lifetime Giving Community:

Dr. Bruce S. Allen

Mrs. Tede Fleming

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the-halle-foundation-bigThe Halle Foundation

Mr. Peter Halpaus

Mr. Douglas Justice

Mrs. Liesl Kii

Mr. Peter S. Knox IV

The Lanie & Ethel Foundation

The Siemens Corporation

Mr. James Thurmond Smithgall

Mr. Barry L. Spurlock

Save the Date: January Events at the Goethe!

Be sure to mark the following dates in your diary and on your calendar – we’d love to see you at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta!


#CanYouFashionIt – Fashioning a Nation
Monday, January 9, 2017, 7:00pm, Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta

Join us for the opening of the exhibition “Fashioning a Nation: German Identity and Industry, 1914-1945” followed by a panel discussion on Jews-German fashion history and a special presentation by local designer Cynthanie Sumpter and her students.

The exhibition explores the powerful history of German fashion from its international impact to its destruction by the Nazi regime. It honors the legacy of the Jewish Germans who contributed to its rise and commemorates the great cultural and economic loss of its demise.

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#CanYouFashionIt – What Shapes the Face of Fashion?
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 7:00pm, Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta

Join us for the second event in the #CanYouFashionIt series when we’ll be looking at what shapes the face of fashion.

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#CanYouFashionIt – Fashioning Wellness. How Wearable Technology Improves Personalized Wellness
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:00pm, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Admission: $30.00

How do smart fabrics and wearable technology enable us to lead better lives?

Our exploration of #CanYouFashionIt examines the future of fashion by focusing on how smart fabrics, wearable technology and science enable us to lead better and healthier lives. As consumers / patients are taking more control of their own health, they rely on real time personalized data to maximize lifestyle and medical results. The collaboration of the science and medical communities with the fashion industry leads to a growing number of advanced solutions that can monitor a patient’s medical and emotional condition through the fabric or device being worn.

Join us for a panel of leading companies that are the game changers in smart fabrics and wearable technology to learn about the future of personalized wellness.

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#CanYouFashionIt – Wearable Tech Workshop
Thursday, January 12, 2016, 4:30 – 6:00pm, Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta

Join MODA educators as we use design to make the world a better place with homemade innovations. Using a 3V coin cell battery, and an LED light, along with other prototyping materials, design your own wearable with function in mind.

Take the MODA challenge and create a wearable that solves an everyday problem. Prototype a headband for bikers to wear at night. Design a bracelet with sensors that light up when it detects an irregular heartbeat. Make a pinky ring book light. The possibilities are endless!

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A Note on Opera: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail.”

Join us for our latest lecture in our “A Note on Opera” series as we look at Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail.”

This lecture will explain what is meant by “German opera,” then analyze how “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” fits into the genre. In addition, it will look at how this work is emblematic of late 18th-century Imperial Vienna.

Course to be taught in English by David Kerr. No pre-existing knowledge of music required.

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