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In light of the current situation, we are following the instructions of the local authorities and doing our part in slowing the spread of the Coronavirus. The Goethe-Institut Washington is temporarily closed to the public and our staff are working from home. Please contact us by email if you have any questions or need further assistance and please check our website and social media channels for updates. Thank you for your understanding.
Digital Exhibit & Events
Queer As German Folk Goes Digital
Queer As German Folk Goes Digital is presented by the Goethe-Institut in North America in collaboration with its Goethe Pop Ups and the Schwules Museum Berlin (SMU).
The Goethe-Institut USA is launching a digitally modified version of its successful exhibition Queer as German Folk – a global initiative meant to outline the current state of discourse on queer emancipation since the Stonewall riots. The exhibition’s launch will be accompanied by a full program of virtual events organized by various Goethe-Institut and Goethe Pop Up locations in North America.
Virtual Discussion Series
Max Czollek (“De-integrate Yourselves”) and Mohamed Amjahid (“Among Whites: What It Means to Be Privileged”) are two Millennial generation voices that have emerged from Germany in recent years. Both address topics of diversity and related themes in their work and research – sometimes very differently, sometimes in astoundingly similar ways. With a critical, multidimensional approach, Czollek and Amjahid will examine the challenges faced by German and North American societies, as well as various visions for progress, by discussing them with experts in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
Goethe Book Club
Goethe Book Club: Fall 2020
Read and discuss works by contemporary German authors in this new series hosted by the Goethe-Institut. All books can be read in recent English translation or in the German original; our discussion will be in English. Led by local German professor Amanda Sheffer (The Catholic University of America), this book club focuses on contemporary fiction and will explore experiences and thoughts about the text.
In cooperation with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at The Catholic University of America.
Shaping the Past
How does the past take shape? What happens in the process of coming to terms with the past? What social repercussions are associated with the rooting of history in monuments and memorials? How can those narratives be shifted or upended through alternative, innovative approaches to memorialization? These questions and many others are at the center of our project, Shaping the Past.