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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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American Goethe Society
Calendar of Events: August – December 2014 
for AGS Members and their guests.
All events are held at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, unless noted otherwise*; check website for updates

Saturday, August 30, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Lunch mit Lyrik – Goethe’s 265th Birthday Party 
*Café Mozart, 1331 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Rsvp: Joyce Constantine at or 301.656.2704

Wednesday, September 17, 6:45 – 8:45 PM
Literature Lecture: 18th century German Orientalism and the works of Benedikte Naubert. In English.
By Dr. Julie Koser, Asst. Professor of German, University of Maryland. 
Rsvp: Brigitte Fessenden at or 443.542.2263

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Drama Reading (1) – Gerhart Hauptmann “Vor Sonnenaufgang”. In German. 
First of four sessions. Led by Dr. Kerstin Gaddy, Catholic University. Registration required. Very Limited space. Contact John Loth at 

Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
“Classical Oktoberfest” Lecture, Lunch, and film (tbd).
Lecture: Heinrich Heine and Berlin in the 1820’s; the Budding Poet and the Salon and Theater Scene. In English.
By Dr. Elke Frederiksen, Professor of German, University of Maryland. 
Cost: $ 20/members; $ 25/non-members and guests (includes, lunch and film).
Registration required. Contact Erika Joyce at or 703.237.0858

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Drama Reading (2) – “Vor Sonnenaufgang”

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Drama Reading (3) – “Vor Sonnenaufgang”

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Drama Reading (4) – “Vor Sonnenaufgang”

Saturday, December 13, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Lunch mit Lyrik – Christmas/Holiday Party at Old Europe Restaurant*
Rsvp: Joyce Constantine at or 301.656.2704