SERIES: Das Moderne Deutschland (Modern Germany)
This series will provide educational experiences focusing on Germany’s approach and success in areas including culture and society, Climate Smart municipalities, sustainable building practices, and earth friendly initiatives.
Saturday, February 23, 11 AM–12 PM Climate Smart Municipalities in Minnesota and GermanyAmanda Brednar, environmental coordinator for Elk River, will talk about the Climate Smart Municipalities program, which pairs a Minnesota city with a German sister city. Free
Saturday, March 2, 11 AM–12 PM
Kaffeestube Talk: Coming to Amerika
This Kaffeestube presentation is year two of a collaboration with University of St. Thomas students and GAI members. Hear from first generation German immigrants—their challenges and triumphs as they assimilated into American culture and became U.S. citizens—and from the students who interviewed them and recorded their stories. Free
Saturday, March 9, 11 AM–12 PM
Building a Sustainable Home
Melissa Rappaport Schifman, RISE magazine, Katherine and Chris Johnson, passive house owners, and Ryan Stegora, builder, will talk about sustainable building practices. Free
Friday, March 15, 6–9 PMKinoKneipe (Movie Pub)FILM: Wer, wenn nicht wir? (If not us, who?) 2011Star crossed lovers Bern and Gudrun become part of the global uprising in the early 1960s, joining forces with leftist writers and political activists. By the late 60s Gudrun has joined the Baader-Meinhof Group, a far-left militant organization. Based on the true story of an explosive era. GAI ballroom, not ADA accessible. $12, includes 2 beverages
Saturday, March 16, 1–3 PMSweet Tree Passive House tour in MinnetonkaLearn about the advantages of owning a passive house besides no energy bills. Hosted by owners Kathryn and Chris Johnson. Free
GAI’s Das Moderne Deutschland series is inspired by Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19–Year of German-American friendship. This initiative is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and supported by The Federation of German Industrie (BDI). More information about the initiative can be found at wunderbartogether.org.