IN PICTURES: September at the Goethe!
Fall is here! At last, the temperatures are cooling down and spending time outside is a pleasure! It also means that things start to get busier at the Goethe! Fall is our busiest season with lots of events, German classes and outreach programs. Ready to see what happened in September? Read on!
German Immersion Day
We kicked off September with a German Immersion Day. Students and lovers of German gathered to immerse themselves in the German language for a day. They watched some soccer (Germany’s favorite past time!) played games (in German of course!) and did some language classes. We’re talking business German, beginners German, times and appointments and some active storytelling. Participants also did some arts and crafts, building cars out of paper!
A Note on Opera: Verdi’s “Otello”
September’s ‘A Note on Opera’ had to be postponed thanks to Hurricane Irma but, we rescheduled it to the end of the month and guests were able to learn more about Verdi’s “Otello.” Verdi’s lifelong adoration of Shakespeare culminated in his 1887 masterpiece “Otello,” arguably the greatest of all Italian operas. With the deft touch of librettist Arrigo Boïto, Verdi streamlines Shakespeare’s “Othello” to focus laser-like on the evolving tragedy of Otello being manipulated into killing his wife Desdemona. In “Otello,” Verdi finally achieves a seamless musical language, without drawing any attention to its Italianate conventions, while incorporating the Austro-German musical tradition to give “Otello’s” score a symphonic sweep. In essence, the orchestra itself becomes a character.
A Word on Art: Venske & Spänle at the Marcia Woods Gallery
Remember the artists who created the AutoEater sculpture on Peachtree and 10th? Well, they have some other pieces on display in Atlanta at the Marcia Woods Gallery and we stopped by with a small group of members and guests to host A Word on Art there to take a look at the different pieces.
American Association of Teachers of German Workshop, Alabama
In September, we headed out to Alabama to host a workshop for the American Association of Teachers of German and the AlabamaGermany Partnership. The workshop, entitled “Components of a Successful Language Program – Goethe-Institut Resources – Best Practices – Leveraging the German-American Community and its Networks” which looked at how how to build a successful language program and how connecting with the Germany community can also help.
2017 German Bundestag Election Party
September 24th rolled around and that meant elections were taking place in Germany. We held an election party to watch the results live from Germany as they came in. We were joined by Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Atlanta, Olaf Ladegast, Volker Franke, Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University, and Marcus Marktanner, Associate Professor of Economics and International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University for a panel discussion about the elections and the possible outcomes before the results came in. The panel was moderated by former CNN International journalist and teacher here at the Goethe-Zentrum Altnata, Ben Brumfield.
European Day of Languages 2017: Languages and the Media
September is also when we celebrate the European Day of Languages. Every year, we join forces with the the Alliance Française to celebrate, this year with the theme ‘Languages and the Media.’ Students, parents and their teachers gathered to listen to a panel discussion with Jean-Marc Akakpo, Professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State University, Ben Brumfield, former CNN International journalist, Warren Colter, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Bauerfeind USA and Trevor Williams, Managing Editor at Global Atlanta. The panelists talked about their experience with languages and how they have used languages to help them to further their careers. An interesting question and answer session followed with students taking time to talk to the panelists individually after the event. Those students who entered a competition were also honored: students were asked to make a 4 minute video in the language they’re studying either focusing on a European news event or a commercial for a European product.
On top of all this, we held our usual monthly events like the Bundesliga Soccer Breakfast and the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta book club! Phew, it was a busy month! October isn’t looking any quieter so stay tuned for next month’s update!
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