Celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation; guest of honor: Dr. Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States
Charlotte—The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation hosted its annual white asparagus dinner at the Charlotte City Club on June 6, 2019. More than eighty guests enjoyed the champagne reception and an exquisite 3-course white asparagus meal. The highlight of the evening was this year’s keynote speaker, Sven Afhüppe, the editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt and co-author of the recently published book “Europa kann es besser.”
Mr. Afhüppe, who specially came from Germany to join the event, addressed in his speech current challenges of Germany and the European Union, Brexit and the transatlantic relations between Germany and the United States.
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A special thank-you to Sven Afhüppe and all our guests!
Photos by Brandon Scott
February 15, 2019—At the invitation of Klaus Becker, German Honorary Consul and Chairman of The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation, and in cooperation with the German Embassy in Washington, Annette Schavan, former German Ambassador to the Holy See and former Federal Minister of Education and Research, paid a multi-day visit to Charlotte.
The highlights of her diversified program included a guest lecture at UNCC titled “Engaging Students to be Catalysts for Innovation,” a dinner reception and round table discussion with representatives of the German business community located in the Charlotte region, as well as a presentation on “The Arts of Politics of Pope Francis” held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Mrs. Schavan’s profound passion for accessible education combined with her global vision of the role of today’s Christianity generates synergies that make her an impressive advocate for change and improvement on many levels of human life. Throughout her busy itinerary, the Charlottean audience enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about her perspectives on the discussed topics.
The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation thanks its program sponsors—The American Council on Germany, Groninger USA and Parker Poe.
From left to right: Philip Dubois, UNCC Chancellor; Annette Schavan; Klaus Becker; Rick Tankersley, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. Photo by Brandon Scott.
Peter Beyer and Hanna Dohmen in front of the Bundestag building.
The Dohmen family in Charlotte is pleased to know that their daughter Hanna, a junior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University studying Regional and Comparative Studies of Europe and Asia, will participate in an internship at the offices of Peter Beyer MdB in Berlin. Peter Beyer is a Member of the German Federal Parliament and has been serving as the Coordinator of Transatlantic Relations at the Federal Foreign Office since April 2018. The relationship was established while Peter Beyer visited Charlotte upon invitation of The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation.
Greenville, SC—German Honorary Consul for North Carolina and Chairman of the N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation, Klaus Becker, attended the New Year’s Reception of the S.C. Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce on January, 17 at the facilities of Serendipity Labs Greenville—Plush Mills. Becker informed the audience on the passport services the Honorary Consulate in Charlotte provides for all of the Carolinas and briefly talked on the mission of the N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation and its goals for 2019.
For more information on passport services of the German Honorary Consulate, please contact Britta Drahola or Nadine Voelkel at 704-364-6969.
From left to right: Lori Starcher, GACC Customer Relationship Manager Carolinas; Mike McNamara; partner at GreerWalker, Klaus Becker, Gunda Knese, director at GreerWalker and president of the N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation, Barry Leasure, partner at GreerWalker and event sponsor.
Charlotte, December 14, 2019—The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation hosted a German-themed Christmas party at Mickey & Mooch at Arboretum. More than eighty guests, including 16 different nationalities, attended the event. The Christmas decoration, held in a black, red and gold color scheme, and several posters were kindly provided by the German Embassy. The event included a three-course dinner and musical entertainment by master-saxophonist Bobby Ryder who as an old crooner played songs from the sixties and seventies.
Charlotte—Klaus Becker, Honorary Consul and Chairman of The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation, visited on Monday, December 3, together with Susanne Bless, a German teacher, a group of 27 preschoolers called The Little Angels. The audience, elegantly dressed for the big event, was patiently waiting for the guest speaker’s arrival in the little ante-room. The discussion included important German topics like Pretzels, Gummibären (Gummi Bears), Bratwurst, Disney Castle and its original in Germany, Cinderella and Hänsel & Gretel.
Small tokens were distributed on behalf of the Honorary Consulate and the Consulate General in Atlanta, including the traditional German advent calendars whose 24 doors will be opened – one by one – until December 24 and of, course, German flags, which were waved with great joy.
Winston-Salem, NC—German Honorary Consul and Chairman of The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation, Klaus Becker, gave a speech on “Germany in the Carolinas – Reflections and Opportunities” to students of high schools in Winston-Salem and students of the University at Wake Forest on November 29, 2018. The highlight was a power point presentation showing points of touristic and technical interest throughout Germany. One of the teachers reported the comments of one of his students with the words: “"Hallo! I didn't get the chance to thank you. That was fun. One of my students said he never knew it was possible to listen to someone talk for that long and not only enjoy it but want to hear more. Take that as the Gospel -- high schoolers are brutally honest.”