Buffalo, New York, was at one time the world’s foremost grain port. More than a dozen enormous grain silos still attest to that fact – awesome colossi made of wood, steel, and reinforced concrete. Their surreal quality also fascinated European pioneers of modern architecture, including Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe.
Just over 50 years ago, Uwe Johnson, a German writer living in New York, began writing Anniversaries, one of the great masterpieces of postwar German literature. On the occasion of the first complete English translation of Anniversaries, the Goethe-Institut investigates what makes this such an enduring classic.
In collaboration with American and German radio stations and producers, we are bringing a series of 50 radio features to you that explore the relationship between Germany and the US on all levels. From pretzels and beer to the Berlin Wall, from motorcycles to recycling, each piece offers a fresh perspective on just how much these two countries share.
Oktoberfest in your own neighborhood! Three mobile beer gardens are touring the States celebrating Bavarian beer and friendship. Our Wiesn website provides the tour’s map, music, and the most important Bavarian vocabulary.
We are organizing Career Days for high school and college students throughout the US. Representatives from German businesses, universities, and foundations will provide information on opportunities to study and work in Germany.