Oct
17
to Oct 28

The Winterreise Project

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German culture with a Kiwi twist.
The Winterreise Project is a cabaret show/apocalyptic vision of obsession, with all the feminist power and black humour the Trump-era demands. Based on Schubert’s Winterreise song-cycle, this highly experimental, devised opera/cabaret combines music from 30’s Berlin with Schubert’s music to portray a woman’s obsession in the time of presidential tweet-storms.

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Oct
18
4:00pm 4:00pm

Presentation

  • University of Auckland, Arts 1 building, Rm 215 (map)
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We invite you to an event hosted by the School of Cultures Languages and Linguistics, presented by our new Senior Lecturer in German, Dr Diana Feick (picture). The bulk of the scholarship on Learner Autonomy in the foreign language classroom focuses mainly on the individual learner. However, established measures of fostering learner autonomy have reached their limits of their usefulness when it comes to classroom-based learning and teaching contexts. This observation motivated my investigation into the socio-interactional nature of learner autonomy. I studied a group work situation of a mobile phone video project with 13 Mexican adult learners of German as a Foreign Language. The aim was to examine autonomy, heteronomy and participation in L2 classroom negotiations. These constructs have been shown to be highly influential to second language learning (Lave & Wenger 1991, Little 2000, O ÏLeary 2014, Schmenk 2008, Thornbury 2012). The data unveil a strong link between individual interaction styles, different types of participation, group discourse patterns and the display of group autonomy and/or personal autonomy. The study's outcome is an empirically grounded, theoretical model of social autonomy in the L2 classroom. Its practical implications will be taken into consideration.

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Nov
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

AGM 2017

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 2, Pat Hanan Room (map)
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It's that time of the year again: our Annual General Meeting is upon us.

The Goethe Society relies entirely on the work of volunteers, and it is because and for the community of those interested in German culture and language that the Society exists.

All members of the Auckland Goethe Society are cordially invited to attend.

A number of positions on the committee will open up due to a couple of people leaving Auckland. A list with the available positions will be sent around before; please remember to get yourself nominated for a position if you're keen on taking one on.

As usual, the AGM will be followed by a normal event at 7.30pm.

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Nov
8
7:30pm 7:30pm

Film Screening

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 2, Pat Hanan Room (map)
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This event follows our AGM that same evening.

Ulli Weissbach, film maker and Auckland resident, died in September this year. As a successful producer and director of many documentaries about the Pacific, Ulli placed his films regularly with large TV stations, among them French/German ARTE, German ARD and others. His most recent appearance for the Auckland Goethe Society had been in 2014, when he presented his documentary about Samoa 100 years after German colonial rule had ended.

Ulli was scheduled for an event with the Goethe Society this spring. Instead, we're now going to dedicate this evening to his memory with a eulogy and a screening of show his documentary about solar energy in Tokelau.

Eulogy & film in English.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

All welcome.

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Oct
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jan Kemp: Dante Down Under / Il Cielo di Dante

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room, Arts 2 level 5 (map)
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U Auckland German studies alumna Jan Kemp is returning to her alma mater for a book launch!

In her collection Dante's Heaven Jan Kemp geographically locates Dante's point of emergence from the tunnel leading out of Inferno into Purgatorio in the Pacific Ocean. Here he views the Southern Cross for the first time. Jan sees him to Aotearoa/New Zealand where he experiences his first southern hemisphere sunrise, meets other poets and artists, learns something of her country's peoples, culture, flora & fauna and disguised as a pukeko (swamp hen) travels south to view Aoraki/Mt Cook, N.Z.'s highest peak.

Kemp re-imagines the tor in a yacht-anchored, swimming bay near Auckland as a mini Mt Purgatory on which, in Maori myth, a girl sits and waits for her lover's return. Their reunion would take place on top of the tor, in Dante's 'earthly paradise', known in N.Z. as 'heaven'. In a concluding cycle of poems "Love is a babe", Kemp imagines for herself a male muse, Beatus, and gives Dante's young Beatrice a voice with which to address the young Dante of Vita Nuova.

A poet with a lot of travel experience under her belt, Jan originally hails from Hamilton, but has taught literature at universities across the globe for many years. In the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2005 she was awarded an MNZM for services to literature.
Find out more about Jan's poetry here.

The reading and presentation will be in English and German.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

All welcome!

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Sep
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Goethe Society Exams: prizegiving

  • UoA City Campus, Business School, Fisher&Paykel Auditorium (map)
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Students & Families & Teachers,

Please join us for the annual Prize Giving Ceremony following the Auckland Goethe Society German exams back in June/July and August.

Our distinguished speaker that evening will be:

Dr Nicola Gaston
Associate Professor in Physics, University of Auckland, Faculty of Science
Deputy Director, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
former President, New Zealand Association of Scientists (2013-2015)

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Sep
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Good Colony? Samoa under German Rule

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1 Building, room 209 (map)
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This week, UoA German is hosting a distinguished guest: Associate Professor Matthew P Fitzpatrick from the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. Matt is a specialist on colonialism in the Pacific and has agreed to give a talk for the Goethe Society.

German colonialism is often viewed as a prelude to the horrors of the Third Reich. According to this view, the genocidal warfare of German Southwest Africa is indicative of Germany’s characteristically brutal history of imperialist conduct. But where does this leave the history of Samoa under German rule? By examining elements of the history German colonialism in Samoa, this paper suggests that the Nazi analogy is a poor one for understanding liberal forms of imperialism, both in Samoa and elsewhere. It obscures the suppleness of empire and the scope for creating systems of domination without recourse to widespread atrocities. Accordingly, this paper suggests an alternative narration of German Samoa; one that neither seeks to reduce it to the pre-history of the Holocaust nor to rehabilitate it naively as Germany’s ‘good colony’.

The talk will be in English.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

All welcome. Non-members are asked for a gold coin koha.

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Sep
5
to Sep 10

German Film Festival

It's that time of the year again, and the Goethe-Institut have been busy bees organising this with the support from many different partners:

German Film Festival 2017

Auckland 5 - 10 September
Academy Cinemas
44 Lorne St (directly underneath the public library)

Goethe-Institut webpage for the GFF here.

Programme PDF here.

Tickets are FREE again, just like in the last couple of years. Tickets can be picked up on the day for that day only. First come, first served. And let's hope the cinema doesn't alter its ideas about that again like they did last year...

Further locations are.
Wellington 13-16 Sept
Christchurch 23-24 Sept
Dunedin 30 Sept-1 Oct
New Plymouth 3-8 Oct

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Aug
22
to Aug 26

Annual German Play: Ein Schluck zuviel

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1 building, Drama Studio (map)
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The fabulous German Drama Co. is back for its 55th year with a play in German at the University of Auckland! As always, this is an all-student production.

'Ein Schluck zuviel', an adaptation of Pierre Chesnot's play, serves as an important warning against excessive drinking: our hero Michel wakes up in a strange environment with a terrible headache and must uncover the mystery of what got him there.

Directed by Dacia Benson.

The play is entirely in German, but the programme leaflet will contain a synopsis in English.

5 nights only
22-26 Aug @ 7pm
Drama Studio
UoA City Campus, Arts 1 Building

Buy tickets here:

http://www.germandramacompany.com/buy-tickets

There are only 60 seats per night, i.e. best book your tickets online ahead of time.

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Aug
12
10:00am10:00am

Goethe Society Exams: orals

The Auckland Goethe Society conducts an annual German competition for secondary school students: the Goethe Society Exams.

The written examination usually takes place in June, and students who were particularly successful during that stage are then invited to participate in the oral examinations.

If you are a Goethe Soc member and would like to help out during the orals, please contact us at:
aucklandgoethesociety@gmail.com
You should be fully fluent in German and feel competent to evaluate students' performance during the orals.

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Aug
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Luther’s Sendbrief vom Dolmetchen/Circular Letter on Translation

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1 Building, room 315 (206-315) (map)
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Irascibility, Colloquialism, and the Paradoxes of Translation

Martin Luther’s 1530 circular letter on translation belongs to a genre that has long been a mainstay of the emerging field of translation studies: the irascible open letter defending one’s own translation against carpers. St. Jerome wrote one as well; so did Erasmus of Rotterdam, in defending his new Greek text and Latin translation of the New Testament in 1518. (The other mainstay genre in the field is the humble translator’s preface that admits to every possible failure, apologizes for inadequacy, and hopes that a better translator will come along in the future and do the brilliant source text justice. Full disclosure: I lean more strongly in the Jerome-Erasmus-Luther direction. My new book Aleksis Kivi and/as World Literature is among other things a book-length irascible self-defense.)

This paper will look closely at Luther’s letter, under three headings: (1) Why is Luther so angry? (G.K. Chesterton called him a bully; but if he is, what makes him one?) (2) What does he mean by the famous principle that “You’ve got to go out and ask the mother in her house, the children in the street, the ordinary man at the market. Watch their mouths move when they talk, and translate that way. Then they’ll understand you and realize that you’re speaking German to them”? (3) How do you translate that focus on “speaking German” into another language, say, English? Do you pretend you’re speaking German, even though you’re actually speaking/writing English? Or do you read Luther’s emphasis on “speaking German” as code for “speaking the target language,” and simply push everything over into English?

Douglas Robinson is Chair Professor of English at Hong Kong Baptist University. His area of speciality is Translation.

The talk will be given in English.

All welcome. Drinks and nibbles provided as usual.

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Jul
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

500 Years of Protestant Reformation

Eisenach, Erfurt, Wittenberg, Worms and more! 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation initiated by Martin Luther writing 95 theses against the sale of indulgences in the Catholic Church and, by popular belief, nailing them to a church door in Wittenberg. But Wittenberg was not the only place where things happened. Heike Papenthin will take us on a virtual tour to places related to Martin Luther’s life and legacy.

Heike, a long-time member of the Auckland Goethe Society, trained and worked as a teacher for English and Religious Education in German secondary schools before coming to New Zealand in 2013. Keenly interested in Reformation matters, she has kindly agreed to put into context what, as a one-off, has given Germany an additional public holiday this year: Reformation Day (on 31 October).

The presentation will be held in English. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

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Jun
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Film Screening: Die innere Sicherheit

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room, Arts 2 room 501 (map)
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The film Die innere Sicherheit brings our series on political activism to a close.

Hans and Clara live in Portugal with their 15 year old daughter Jeanne. They are about to emigrate to Brazil, when Jeanne starts connecting to her peers more and more. What is normal teenage behaviour becomes a huge problem for Hans and Clara: both were active during the left radical terrorist times in Germany in the late 1970s and have been on the run ever since.

2000
Directed by Christian Petzold
Starring Barbara Auer, Richy Müller, and Julia Hummer
106 minutes

The film will be shown in German with English subtitles.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

Screened in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

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May
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Double feature: Esterhazy & Mauerhase

  • UoA Epsom Campus, D Block, Te Puna Wananga (map)
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Kids friendly! This is a double feature evening with two short films (25 mins & 50 mins).

Film 1
Animation feature Esterhazy puts on screen the children's book by Irene Disch and Hans Magnus Enzensberger -- two names that will ring familiar to those who have attended secondary school in Germany. Let yourself and your kids be charmed by this old school clay animation film, following the story of young rabbit Esterhazy who lives by the Berlin Wall in 1989. The Wall comes down -- and then what ...?

2009
Directed by Izabela Plucinska
25 minutes

Film 2
The documentary Mauerhase (Rabbit à la Berlin) provides a fresh look at the Berlin Wall -- from the view point of the wild rabbits that lived where no humans were allowed to set foot for many decades.

2009
Directed by Bartek Konopka
50 minutes

Both films will be shown in German with English subtitles.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

Screened in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

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May
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

German Quiz Night

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room (Arts 2 Bldg, room 501) (map)
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We cordially invite you to a new edition of our German Quiz. Join us for a fun trivia evening and show us how much you know about the German speaking world.

How does it work?

Structured like a pub quiz, questions will come from such diverse fields as history, geography, society, popular culture, literature, music and sports and will be presented through a variety of media.

Who can enter?

Anyone with an interest in things German/Swiss/Austrian and some knowledge of the language can participate in the quiz. However, for reasons of fairness, German teachers and native speakers will play in a separate category.

Does it cost anything to enter?

No, participation is free and there will be some fun prizes as well as light refreshments after the event.

Light refreshments will be served

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Apr
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Film screening: Sophie Scholl -- Die letzten Tage

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room (Arts 2, room 501) (map)
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Sophie Scholl -- Die letzten Tage (The Final Days) is a feature film about the final days in Sophie Scholl's life. A student of Philosophy at Munich University since 1942, she is, along with her brother Hans, a member of the non-violent group Weiße Rose (White Rose) to resist the Nazi regime.

Sophie and the rest of the group Weiße Rose get arrested for distributing leaflets at the university in February 1943, and are sentenced to death and executed just a few days later.

The film is based on transcripts from the interrogation Sophie and the group were subjected to after their capture.

2005
Directed by Marc Rothemund
Starring Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs
116 minutes

Shown in German with English subtitles.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

Screened in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

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Mar
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

First Stammtisch of the Year

Join us for our first Stammtisch of the year!

Where?
Brew on Quay, 102 Quay St, Akl CBD.

When?
Last Tuesday of the month, from 6pm.

What?
Chatting in German (no fluency needed!) over a beer or other drink.

All welcome!

Recognise us by our Goethe Soc sign on the table. We're usually in one of the ground floor "rooms" in Brew on Quay, which used to be a police station.

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Mar
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Valerie worldwide – A reading on travel experiences in Samoa

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 2, Pat Hanan Room (map)
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Austrian writer Valerie Kattenfeld is travelling around the world and putting her experiences into words. Currently, she's Down Under exploring the Pacific, and the next leg of her journey takes her to New Zealand.

At our event, she will read and recount her experiences as an Austrian traveller in Samoa, which is the current stop of her journey before coming to New Zealand.

Valerie is an Austrian writer, journalist and theatre director. She is currently on a one year journey around the world and is keeping a travelogue that will be turned into a book. Valerie A sample of her writing can be read here:

http://fm4.orf.at/valeriekattenfeld

The event will be held in both German and English with readings being done in German, but moderation done in English.

As always, there will be drinks and nibbles. Non-members are asked for a gold coin koha.

All welcome!

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Dec
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Wrapping Up the Year in Style

  • UoA Epsom Campus, Block A, room 201 (map)
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2016 is coming to an end, and it's been a full year for the Auckland Goethe Society again. So, let's wrap it up in style!

preliminary programme
6pm start: delve into the Stollen etc.
6.30pm musical interlude (musicians below)
7pm looking back on 2016
7.30pm another musical interlude
8.30pm event finishes

There will definitely be: Stollen, Plätzchen, something savoury to balance out the sugar overdose, tea, coffee, juice, wine...

If you'd like to contribute food or drinks, please do! :)

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Nov
17
7:15pm 7:15pm

Germany and the Refugee Crisis – Volunteering at a Reception Camp

What is it like to be in the middle of the refugee crisis? UoA German's current language intern Malin knows because she's been there. Take this chance to hear from someone who was in the thick of it for months, and learn how the refugee crisis feels like from inside.

Malin Messmer was born and raised in Germany to a German father and an Iranian mother. She spent the first half of 2016 in Germany, volunteering for the Red Cross at a reception camp for refugees. As such, she was part of a team that offered a play group for children that otherwise had no structure in their day-to-day lives.

Working with children and sometimes parents that were driven from their homes and had to fight their way through to Europe, Malin experienced the recent Refugee Crisis from a very different point of view than most of us in NZ could.

Come join us and learn more about Germany and how the other side of the world deals with this humanitarian tragedy.

The talk will be in English and take place immediately after the AGM.

Yes, there will be drinks and nibbles in-between. :)

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Nov
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

The German-Tongan Diaspora

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1, room 315 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

NEW DATE and ROOM

Hot off the research desk! We have managed to get PhD student Kasia Cook to report about her research. Having spent the past three years interviewing the German-Tongan diaspora, Kasia has agreed to present her main findings to the Auckland Goethe Society.

The work of emigrant German businessmen and traders in Tonga during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries spawned economic growth and industrial progression which is still impactful in the Islands today. Yet perhaps their most important influence on the world has come through their descendants. Today, individuals with German-Tongan heritage living around the world contribute in meaningful ways in their communities, nations, and the wider world. This presentation focusses on the modern German-Tongan diaspora, and the historical events which have led to its international growth and the statements of identity by descendants found therein.

Kasia, who received her previous degrees from Brigham Young University in the US, has recently handed in her PhD thesis here in Auckland on the German-Tongan diaspora, written under the supervision of James Bade, now Professor emeritus of German at UoA.

The talk will be held in English. Drinks and nibbles will be supplied.

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Oct
10
to Oct 16

German Film Festival 2016

The Goethe-Institut Neuseeland is putting on another German Film Festival this year.

dates
10-16 Oct in Auckland
Prior to that, the Festival will visit Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, and New Plymouth.

venue
Academy Cinema
44 Lorne St, Auckland CBD
directly underneath the central public library; same venue as 2015

programme
Overview online.
PDF for download.

cost
For free again! Koha appreciated.

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Oct
3
5:00pm 5:00pm

Movie Night: "Almanya"

Tag der deutschen Einheit

And we'll celebrate it with the funny-bitter-sweet-lovely movie "Almanya -- Willkommen in Deutschland"!

Join us to follow the Yilmaz family during one summer in their lives in Germany and Turkey. Having come to Germany as a "Gastarbeiter" in 1964, father Hüseyin takes his family, including kids and grandkids, on yet another holiday to Turkey more than 40 years later. But is Turkey still home?

2010/2011
directed by Yasemin Şamdereli

Shown in German & Turkish with English subtitles.

Screened with the support of the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

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Sep
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Goethe Exams Prize Giving

  • UoA City Campus, Fisher&Paykel Auditorium (map)
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Students & Families & Teachers,

Please join us for the annual Prize Giving Ceremony following the Auckland Goethe Society German exams back in July and August.

our distinguished speaker:
Monique Surges, CEO of the NZ-Ger Business Association

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Sep
20
5:30pm 5:30pm

Movie Night: "Neukölln Unlimited"

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1, room 203 (map)
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What's it like to be an immigrant teenager in Berlin?

Join us and find out in this documentary, which follows the kids of the Akkouch family around: Lial (19), Hassan (18), and Maradona (14). All three are keen breakdancers and musicians, get into trouble here and there, but mostly just want to have a good life and be successful in one way or another.

Shown in German with English subtitles.

Screened with support from the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

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Aug
9
to Aug 13

German Drama Company

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1 Building, Drama Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The German Drama Company is back for 2016 with their production of:

"Der Untermieter"

(basierend auf "Tratsch im Treppenhaus" von Jens Exler)

Join us for one of just 5 sessions between 9 and 13 August in the UoA Drama Studio, Arts 1 Building.

Buy tickets here.

The German Drama Company has been producing annual shows for over half-a-century, but 2016's 'Der Untermieter' is surely one of the funniest and most thought-provoking to date. 

Der Untermieter will be performed in its original German, with a detailed English synopsis provided. Show starts at 7:30pm each night and the running time is approximately two hours. Tickets will also be sold at the door (pending availability), but ONLY CASH will be accepted (no eftpos capability). 

[The usual Maidment Theatre building is closed due to earthquake safety concerns.]

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Aug
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Movie Night: "Soul Kitchen"

  • UoA Epsom Campus, D Block Te Puna Wananga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We're continuing our series on migration, but from a more light-hearted angle now.

Join us for "Soul Kitchen" this evening and watch Hamburg pub owner Zinos defend his business against real estate crooks, overzealous income tax inspectors and various and sundry other dangers.

While a comedy, the film has some serious undertones and is based on real-life experiences of co-screenwriter Adam Bousdoukos. Directed by Fatih Akın.

Shown in German with English subtitles.

Screened with the support of the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

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Jul
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

German Quiz Night

It is that time of year again -- GERMAN QUIZ NIGHT! 

Students (secondary and tertiary), teachers of German and other afficionados, you are all cordially invited to join us at the University of Auckland, City campus, for some quiz fun with prizes.

Any questions or to RSVP please contact either
Dr. Nicole Perry  nicole.perry@auckland.ac.nz
or Rebecca Reilly  rrei561@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Please RSVP by 26 July.
But even if you can only make it on the spur of the moment, please feel free to come along.

Wir freuen uns auf Sie / Euch! We are very much looking forward to seeing / meeting you at the Quiz Night! 

If any of your students are interested in or have thought about pursuing German at the University of Auckland (as a major, minor, certificate or diploma in German) please do not hesitate to contact Nicole or to put them in contact with her as she is the Undergraduate Advisor in German.

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Jul
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

Ingrid Kölle

Ingrid Kölle

Ingrid Kölle

“Neuseeland – ein Länderporträt“

Ingrid Kölle has worked for the German Broadcasting Corporation (ARD) for over 30 years. She has travelled the world and taught German in Great Britain, Sweden and New Zealand. In 2003 she returned to Wellington, New Zealand, where she has studied art and creativity, teaches free form dance and continues writing documentaries for German Radio. She will present her new book.

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