IN PICTURES: June at the Goethe!

Can you believe we’re half way through the year already? We can’t either! June has been and gone and what a month it was at the Goethe! No slowing down for summer here! Ready to hear what happened? Read on.

Czech School Summit

We started June by hosting The Czech School of Atlanta and the Czech School Summit. Teachers from across the US descended on Atlanta to talk strategy and lesson planning along with some brainstorming and idea exchanges. We’re glad we could host you guys!

Ambassadors in Sneakers

June also saw the start of a youth exchange program, Ambassadors in Sneakers. The Young Leaders’ Transatlantic Summer Academy on Human Rights is a four-week educational program which brings together youth councils from Germany and the USA. During the exchange, they meet with local activists, politicians, and diplomats in Atlanta, GA, New York City, NY, Tübingen and Berlin, Germany. In June, the group from Germany came to visit Atlanta, GA and New York City.

While in Atlanta, the group listened to Ambassador Andrew Young, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves PhD. and President of Atlanta City Council, Caesar Mitchell, visited the Ebeneezer Baptist Church and Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Carter Center and carried out community service at the Atlanta Mission and Trees Atlanta.

The group then moved on to New York City where they took a tour of New York City Hall, visited the United Nations, the German Mission to the UN and the UN Youth Envoy, went to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, met with the President of the GACC New York, visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum and took a walking tour of NYC.

A Note on Opera: Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier

June saw the last ‘A Note on Opera’ lecture for a couple of months before it started its summer break when we looked at Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier.” It’s rare in opera to have both a great composer and a great writer working together. There are three notable exceptions, though: Mozart and da Ponte, Verdi and Boïto, and Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Ultimately Strauss and von Hofmannsthal created 6 operas together; “Rosenkavalier” was their 2nd partnership. Beyond the immediate appeal of its lush score, beautiful language, bittersweet situation, young love, and almost slapstick comedy, “Rosenkavalier” is one of the only operas with characters who not only come with a “back story,” but a “front story,” too.

Another great evening was had by all! Next up is ‘A Note on Opera: Wagner’ on Monday, October 9, 2017. Reserve your place now by clicking here.

Steffen Thomas: A legacy in Atlanta – Walking Tour

Next up was an event which is part of the Steffen Thomas: A Legacy in Atlanta program series presented by the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, which saw guests taking a walking tour of several public art works by Steffen Thomas, all within walking distance of the Trilon, the fountain designed by Steffen Thomas outside of Colony Square. The tour was led by Lisa Conner, Steffen Thomas’s daughter.

FSLA Immersion Day Visit

We welcomed a group of students from the Federal Services Language Academy at the University of North Georgia for an immersion day. The students focused on ‘Hobbies & Freizeit’ and were immersed in the German language and culture during their visit.

Eric Mack Studio Tour

A small group of members took a trip to the studio of Atlanta artist and Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta board member Eric Mack to take a look at some of his artwork. Plans were also put in place for a ‘A Word on Art’ event at the studio later this year so watch this space for more details!

Lecture: From Martin Luther to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Finally in June, we welcome Prof. Dr. Michael Haspel for a lecture entitled “From Martin Luther to Martin Luther King, Jr. which explored how Martin Luther King, Jr. used insights of Martin Luther and the reformation for his motivation and concept for the struggle for freedom, justice and equality. This event was part of a series of Luther programs to celebrate 500 years since the Reformation, when Martin Luther made his 95 Theses known to the world.

And there we have it, another month at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta! Never a dull moment here! Check back in a couple of weeks to find out what went on in July!


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