On Friday, June 10, The American Council on Germany (ACG) and the N. C. Zeitgeist Foundation staged a breakfast for a delegation of the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) which comprised Thomas Silberhorn, Member of the Deutsche Bundestag and Spokesperson for Transatlantic Relations, and Anne König, Member of the Deutsche Bundestag and Paul Linnarz, President of the KAS in Washington:
Ambassador Lambrinidis, Embassy of the European Union, and Ambassador Martin Weiss, Embassy of Austria, visit Charlotte
On May 25/26, Ambassador Lambrinidis, Embassy of the European Union, and Ambassador Martin Weiss, Embassy of Austria, visited Charlotte to learn more about the historical and political situation of the Southeast and its potential in the business sector.
The ambassadors were picked up by Klaus Becker and his wife Concha and accompanied on the way to the hotel by a police escort:
The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation invited to a smaller dinner:
On Thursday morning, May 26, Ambassador Lambrinidis and Ambassador Weiss went to City Hall:
to meet with Mayor Vi Lyles:
and discussed possibilities of working together -possibly via ‘Culture’ as vehicle- with Mayor Vi Lyles and City Manager Marcus Jones:
They met with Governor Roy Cooper:
before taking part in the Luncheon, staged by the World Affairs Council Charlotte and The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation:
Gov. Roy Cooper introduced the two Ambassadors:
and they engaged in a most intensive and interesting podium discussion:
At the end, they received their commemorative documents:
In the aftermath some encounters:
It was a very successful visit which was also enjoyed and appreciated by the two visiting European Ambassadors.
The European Union can be glad to have such stellar representatives.
After several Covid-induced postponements, the eagerly-expected vernissages of TEASE – Transatlantic Exhibition of Art in the Southeast staged by The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation and organized and executed by Curator Johanna Steinz finally took place in Charlotte and Charleston.
The idea of strengthening transatlantic relations by staging a format where young artists from Germany work together with local artists, visit students to experiment with them to create artworks, culminated in two elegant art shows.
Charlotte: the vernissage a highlight in the art scene, an all-inclusive: all ethnic origins and age groups (2 – 85 years) were represented; 20 diverse nationalities visited the art exhibition.
Its theme “Heimat / Homeland” was originally coined in 2019 to remember the people who 200 years ago left their mother country Mecklenburg-Pomerania to find a new home on this side of the Atlantic and to prepare the ground that many generations later considered the Carolinas their “Heimat / Homeland”.
In today’s times of the Ukraine crisis, this topic has gained a completely different meaning and it fervently reminds of the more than 10 mil Ukrainian refugees who have lost their homeland, whose homeland is being senseless destroyed.
More fitting into times, an art show cannot be.
For more pictures and impressions click here.
Prof. Dr. Morgan Koerner and Prof. Dr. Max Kovalov, both College of Charleston, invited the two militaries, Hanns-Seidel Stiftung and The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation to an informal meeting with students.
Denny Lewis, mastermind behind and Director of the N.C. Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH) and an old friend of LTG Ben Hodges, invited to an exchange of ideas between military and scientists of the Research Triangle. Krista Covey, President of First Flight Venture Center, most kindly provided the premises for this incredible meeting to take place in.
An eclectic group came together for a Dinner Symposium in the evening consisting of the two key-note speakers, Denny Lewis, Director of the DEFTECH, and international professors representing a wide variety of academic activities.
Prof. Dr. Navin Bapat was so kind as to invite to a lecture at the Mandela Auditorium at UNC Chapel Hill. He is the Dowd Professor in the Study of Peace and War.
The Zeitgeist’s main event was a Dinner Conference at Dressler’s. Key-note speaker LTG Ben Hodges deeply impressed the audience.