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.”
Charlotte, October 24, 2018—The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation co-hosted, together with the American Council on Germany, a dinner reception for John Emerson who served as United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from 2013 to 2017.
The event at the Charlotte City Club was attended by selected representatives of the city administration and the business community, especially leaders of larger German corporations and German ‘Mittelstand’ companies. Mayor pro tem Julie Eiselt represented the city of Charlotte.
Ambassador Emerson talked about his time as America’s highest ranking diplomat in Berlin under the chancellorship of Angela Merkel, provided his view on the current political climate between the two countries and engaged in an animated conversation on how the civic relations could further be strengthened and reinforced.
The dinner was generously sponsored by American Emo Trans.
The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation Hosts its 3rd Successful Biennial TEASE – Transatlantic Exhibition of Art in the Southeast
The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation hosted its 3rd biennial Transatlantic Exhibition of Art in the Southeast at the elegant Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art in Charlotte on October 3 as well as at Appalachian State University in Boone on October 5, 2018. The Foundation’s curator Johanna Steinz worked for the 2018 tour with the German artist Christian Ristau as well as with Charlotte-based artists Regine Bechtler, Terry Thirion and Isaac Payne and, in Boone, also with Christine Perry. The numerous visitors experienced a wonderfully stimulating and entertaining ambience as the artists personally interacted with them and showcased their refreshing mix of sculpture, painting and open-minded presence.
TEASE – Transatlantic Exhibition of Art in the Southeast 2018 was part of the initiative Deutschlandjahr USA. Under the slogan “Wunderbar together”, the year of German-American Friendship 2018/19 (Deutschlandjahr USA) promotes events and exhibitions featuring modern Germany across the United States in the fields of politics, culture, education, science, business, and industry. The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institute and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Additional support for TEASE 2018 was provided by International Ceramic Construction, Lufthansa and Kühne + Nagel.
Charlotte photos courtesy of Brandon Scott Photography
In May 2017, former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and former American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson agreed to hold a Deutschlandjahr in the United States in 2018/2019. Under the slogan “Wunderbar together”, a year of events conveying a multifaceted image of Germany in the United States, the project aims to deepen the transatlantic partnership in all aspects of society. Deutschlandjahr is a program under the competency of the German government, initiated by the Federal Foreign Office and conducted in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute as project manager, as well as other partner organizations.
The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation is proud that its biennial artist tour, TEASE – Transatlantic Exhibition of Art in the Southeast, has officially been chosen as one of the events featured during the Deutschlandjahr. Financial support for TEASE comes from the German government as well as generous corporate and private sponsorships.
TEASE offers selected young and upcoming artists from both sides of the Atlantic to join efforts and travel together through various cities in the Southeast, such as Atlanta, Spartanburg, Raleigh/Durham, Greenville, and, of course, Charlotte to exhibit their works. The 2018 exhibition, which is planned, organized and accompanied by the Foundation’s own curator, Johanna Steinz, can be seen at the Elder Gallery in Charlotte on October 3, the Day of German Unity, and at Appalachian State University, Boone, on October 5, 2018.
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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the largest party in Germany and the party of Angela Merkel, visited Charlotte on Monday July 23. Before her nomination as the new Secretary General of the CDU in February 2018, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer served as Prime Minister of the State of Saarland, making her the first woman to lead the government of Saarland. Detlev Rünger, Consul General of Germany, and local German Honorary Consul Klaus Becker had invited representatives of the German business community to a luncheon in honor of Secretary General Kramp-Karrenbauer and her delegation.
Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer was greatly impressed by the strong presence of German companies in the Charlotte region as well as the long-standing manifold relationships between Germany and North Carolina and emphasized the importance of strong civic liens between the United States and Germany.