Chicago's Goethe-Institut is one of seven nationwide institutes, adding to Germany's 16 and more than 140 worldwide (among 80 countries) in cities from Accra to Warsaw. The head office in Munich coordinates all aspects of this international German network and also hosts the Goethe Forum, in which other countries bring their traditions, culture and educational ideals to Germany for an exchange of ideas and discussions about the Institut's role in their home countries.
The Goethe-Institut introduces Chicago, or wherever its home base may be, to all aspects of Germany: its language, culture, history and politics. The Institut serves as a resource not only for those looking to begin or perfect the language, but also for anyone searching out a German-focused library complete with magazines, newspapers and contemporary literature.
By presenting programs and seminars that focus on social issues, current cultural trends and arts practices in contemporary German life, the Institut proves it is a key informational center for a wider understanding of Germany's place in Europe and among the larger political and cultural community. It promotes German accomplishments presented at the Institut itself and at other locations throughout Chicago such as the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and businesses in the historically German neighborhood of Lincoln Square.
Centerstage Reviewer: Heather Blaha