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The American Goethe Society of Washington, DC is a literary and cultural organization founded to promote and encourage the study and enjoyment of German culture, including literature, language, art, music, and philosophy.

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2015 lectures to be posted at the end of December
For membership questions and/or  information about AGS contact John Loth, 703-242-8840 or email: 
Membership in AGS
Programs for AGS Members and their guests; membership application link is at bottom of this page.
Join now and membership is valid for balance of 2014 and all of 2015. Membership is $25 per person, $40 for Member and spouse and $10 for students. Further instructions are on membership form.

Four Annual Lectures:
•Art •Literature
•Music •Philosophy
Lectures followed by wine & cheese social. Lectures are in English and are open to AGS members, their guests, Friends of the Goethe-Institut and are free of charge.

Classical Oktoberfest 
Classical Oktoberfest is a celebration of the German arts hosted by the Goethe-Institut and the AGS. Program is scheduled for late September or October. Typical program consists of morning lecturer, catered luncheon and afternoon program, typically a film relating to the lecture. AGS members receive advance notice, priority for ticket purchase and a lower ticket price. Members receive advance notice right after Labor Day.  

Drama Readings (German) 
Small group of members gather once a month to read aloud and discuss a German Drama. The group is led by Dr. Kerstin Gaddy of Catholic University. See Calendar of Events for current drama. Contact John Loth for more information and enrollment: 703-242-8840 or 

Lunch mit Lyrik (German)
Lunches mit Lyrik are held regularly throughout the year at area Euro-style restaurants. Attendees are invited to read a short poem of their choice in German. This is optional. German and English are spoken. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.

Except where indicated, all programs are in English. Topics, dates, times and locations for all events are posted on the AGS website. Members receive e-mail reminders prior to each activity. Those without internet access are notified by postal mail or telephone. All AGS events are designed to encourage attendees to socialize as well as profit from the program itself. 

Note: The best way to determine if AGS is suitable for your needs is to attend one of the lectures or a one of the Lunches mit Lyrik. See Calendar of Events (currently under construction for 2015)  for details and rsvp contacts for each of the above programs.

​Check this home page in late December or early 2015, for details of next two of the lectures.
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