Our Mission

The Dallas Goethe Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural and educational organization, dedicates its services to promoting and advancing German culture and language in North Texas.

It was founded in 1965 to foster an appreciation of German art, drama, music, language, literature, history, and current affairs, and cultivate the mutual understanding between the people of German speaking countries and those of the United States of America.

Our History

Since 1965 the Dallas Goethe Center (DGC) has focused on fostering an appreciation of German art, drama, music, language, literature, history, and current affairs, and cultivating mutual understanding between the people of German speaking countries and those of the United States of America.

DGC offers German language courses, supports musical performances, exhibitions, and lectures, and hosts or co-sponsors a German film series. At our community outreach events members and friends gather to celebrate their shared interest in German culture and language. DGC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and our events are open to the public. Guests are always welcome. Join Us!

Staff

DGC staff goes the extra mile to create great experiences for all DGC members, students and guests. The staff members are committed to informing you of activities and are always willing to answer questions.

Reach us by email or by phone at 1 469 708 8342

Board of Directors

Proud to serve! The Dallas Goethe Center (DGC) Board of Directors are elected by the members and serve in two year increments. The board members represent diverse industries and academics and they jointly oversee the DGC activities.

Teachers

Our teachers provide state of the art German language instruction in group courses and private lessons. We are also an Examination Center for the Goethe Institut exams. Our teachers are native German speakers, or have native fluency.

We are always looking for enthusiastic, flexible and internationally minded team members who are fluent in German and able to teach multi-age groups. DGC offers you more than a teaching position. You will become a member of a diverse community dedicated to promoting German culture, language and cross- cultural dialogue. If you are interested in joining our team of classroom teachers and tutors, please contact Annika Sommer at [email protected]

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Alexandra Walker

Alexandra Walker

Language School & Goethe Exams

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Beate Fehrenbach

Beate Fehrenbach

Programs

I was raised in Southern Germany (Black Forest), where I received a degree in Business Management. Steps of my professional career in Germany included positions as an Executive Assistant and Marketing Coordinator before I came to the US in August 2009. I joined the Dallas Goethe Center in January 2018. I also support the German Community by working as an Assistant to the Honorary Consul of Germany in Dallas. At DGC my focus is the coordination of programs, managing the communication, and I am your day-to-day contact.

You can reach me via email at [email protected].

Dr. Jacob-Ivan Eidt

Dr. Jacob-Ivan Eidt

President

I am an Associate Professor of German and director of the German program at the University of Dallas.  I have degrees from the Catholic University of Eichstätt in Bavaria and the University of Texas at Austin.  I have published articles on Goethe, Rilke, Wagner, Nietzsche, and German Film.  I have been with the DGC for over ten years.

Dr. Christoph D. Weber

Dr. Christoph D. Weber

Vice President

I am an Associate Professor of German -Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures at the University of North Texas. I received a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I specialize in disaster narratives in modern German literature, memory studies, and aesthetic theory. Together with Dr. Ivan Eidt, I co-edited the Festschrift Goethe’s «Bildung»: Dialog Between Tradition and Innovation which collects the scholarly articles presented at the Goethe Symposium that was organized by the DGC in April, 2016.

Anushka Limaye

Anushka Limaye

Secretary

I first developed an interest in German language and culture while studying abroad in Vienna, Austria. Now, I am continuing my education through the DGC language and cultural programs. I recently graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas, and I hope to attend law school in the future.

Brad Standridge

Brad Standridge

Program Chair

I first began to learn German as a sophomore in college, and I was hooked from that point on.  Over the years I dove deeper into the language and culture including travel to Germany, participating in collegiate German drama productions, and as an exchange student at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum.

Marion Tharp

Marion Tharp

I was born and raised in the Sauerland region in Germany and moved to Dallas, TX in 1999. I earned my MBA in Marketing from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management in 2003. As a seasoned Global Marketing Executive I have worked with global brands like Lufthansa, Mary Kay, Rug Doctor and Frito-Lay in areas of brand management, new product development, digital and product marketing. I am excited to serve the North Texas community by helping to shape the organization’s focus on fostering an appreciation of everything German. Art – Music – History – Language – and more.

Robert Clark

Robert Clark

Robert M. “Bob” Clark is a sixth generation Texan and fifth generation Dallas resident. He is a past President of JHG Texas and the Dallas Goethe Center. He is also a past secretary of the German International School of Dallas, a Knight of the  Order of St. John (Johanniter Order-Bailiwick of Brandenburg), a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, and the Dallas Safari Club, and was an Eagle Scout. Bob received a Juris Doctor-Law from Oklahoma City University, an MBA from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Eddie Wolsch

Eddie Wolsch

A fourth-generation German- and Wendish- Texan I have been on the board of the German-Texan Heritage Society for several years and am also a long-time member of the TX Wendish Heritage Society. After a B.A. in history with German minor and graduate level coursework in history I received a M. Ed. in counseling and spent most of my career as a high school counselor, now semi-retired. I volunteer annually to judge the AATG research contest at the state level for HS German students and at the Southwest Collection, the archive at Texas Tech.

Atika Gurdemir

Atika Gurdemir

I was born in Germany and grew up partially in Turkey. I hold a Bachelors of Arts Degree in German Language and Literature. After moving to the US in 2007, I was lucky to find Dallas Goethe Center. I have been with Dallas Goethe Center since 2009 where I taught German to various ages before starting my German teaching career at DISD. I am very excited to resume my involvement with Dallas Goethe Center in this new role. 

Marsha McCoy

Marsha McCoy is a Classicist who fell in love with German when she spent a year with her family in German-speaking Switzerland as a teenager. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany after college and studied ancient history, Roman law, and political philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilian Universitat in Munich, while traveling extensively in eastern Europe. She has maintained her German and ties to Germany through the Fulbright Alumni Association and looks forward to working with the Dallas Goethe Center Board to expand its ties to high school and college German programs in the Metroplex, while maintaining the rich cultural and educational programs the DGC is so noted for.  

Dr. Christoffer Koch

Dr. Christoffer Koch

I am a native of Berlin-Pankow, Germany. I moved to the DFW area in 2011 after brief stints at Lehman Brothers, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and received a M.Phil. and D.Phil. in economics from Oxford University where I was a Rhodes Scholar.

Dr. San-ky Kim

Dr. San-ky Kim

Originally from Korea, I studied voice at Australian National University and at Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University in Philadelphia. After over a decade of professional performing career in Europe, I have been teaching at TCU since 2005 as Professor of Voice and Opera, and my research focuses on modern European vocal repertoire. I served as a Fulbright Scholar visiting professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania, culminating with the publication of “Anthology of Lithuanian Art Songs” in 2018.

John Douglas Macready

John Douglas Macready

I am a Professor of Philosophy at Collin College, where I teach introductory courses in philosophy, ethics, logic, philosophy of religion, and social and political philosophy. I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and a certificate in intermediate German (B1) from the Goethe Institute in Göttingen, Germany. I specialize in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, and I am the author of Hannah Arendt and the Fragility of Human Dignity (Lexington, 2018) and A Continental Guide to Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 2022).

Dane Harris

Dane Harris

I received degrees from Louisiana Tech University (B.S. Economics) and Munich Business School (M.A. International Business) and currently work as a Mergers & Acquisitions consulting manager at Baker Tilly in Plano. Prior to moving to Texas, I worked in M&A at KPMG in Hamburg, Germany, where I also attained level C1 on the German language placement exam (DaF). I enjoy remaining connected with the German language and culture and am excited to have been able to join the Goethe Center in 2021.

Dr. Stephen Grollman

Dr. Stephen Grollman

Since 2016, I’ve been at Southern Methodist University, where I serve as Senior Lecturer of German and German area chair. From 2002-2016 I was Associate Professor of German at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Prior to that, I received my doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis and studied abroad at the Universität Heidelberg. My teaching interests range from language and literature to business German. Along with undergraduate teaching, I actively work with high school German teachers on the Board of the AATG and as a German AP exam grader.

Amina Purak

Amina Purak

Amina is excited to return to Dallas Forth Worth after spending six years in the San Francisco Bay area where she studied at the Goethe Institute San Francisco and earned her C1 language certification. Amina is grateful for Google’s remote-work flexibility and is actively looking to engage herself and others in the events and offerings of the Dallas Goethe Center. Amina has traveled to Germany as an adult as she studied abroad for a summer in Marburg. Amina earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering, with a minor in German language, from the Rochester Institute of Technology; and an MBA, with a focus in data analytics, from the University of California at Berkeley.

Sabine Geiser

Sabine Geiser

I was raised in Bavaria, but Wanderlust got the best of me in 1984. I lived in Greece and Israel for a while before ending up in the US. I have passion for travel, languages and different cultures. To stay connected to my roots, the language and the traditions of Germany, I am excited to be part of the Dallas Goethe Center Board. 

Laura Carnes

Laura Carnes

I grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Houston where the culture of the area’s German settlers is still celebrated. I received my undergraduate degree in German from University of Dallas and studied abroad in Kiel and Reykjavīk. I work as a Data Analytics Manager and spend my free time training and competing in historical fencing, Medieval Armored Combat, and Scottish Highland Games.

Amina Purak

Amina Purak

Amina is excited to return to Dallas Forth Worth after spending six years in the San Francisco Bay area where she studied at the Goethe Institute San Francisco and earned her C1 language certification. Amina is grateful for Google’s remote-work flexibility and is actively looking to engage herself and others in the events and offerings of the Dallas Goethe Center. Amina has traveled to Germany as an adult as she studied abroad for a summer in Marburg. Amina earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering, with a minor in German language, from the Rochester Institute of Technology; and an MBA, with a focus in data analytics, from the University of California at Berkeley.

Joshua Mueller

Joshua Mueller

I am a business professional with a focus in sales & market development. My first trip to Germany in 2004 inspired me to dig deep into German language and culture, subsequently I studied abroad in 2010 in Gießen & Munich while completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Germanistik from Kansas State University. I received my MBA from Nankai University in Tianjin, China, but my love for German music, cinema, and literature has not faded. I look forward to sharing those appreciations while working with other members to create a community and membership where those with interest in everything German feel right at home here in Dallas Fort-Worth.
Kölle Alaaf!

Edward Crafts

Edward Crafts

Teacher

I have been with DGC since 2014. I taught ESL for Richardson ISD, and currently teach ESL for Texas Refugee Services. I have a Master’s Degree from Indiana University and I speak German, English, Italian and French. I am a retired opera soloist and university teacher, and I have a bookstore on Ebay.

Celia von Falkenhausen

Celia von Falkenhausen

Teacher

I am originally from Hamburg, a beautiful port City in the North of Germany. I am passionate about languages and their importance for intercultural understanding. My goal is to teach German in a way that is motivating and fun for learners. I enjoy passing on my knowledge of the German language and culture just as much as I enjoy learning about the languages and cultures of my students.

Keti Karukhnishvili

Keti Karukhnishvili

Teacher

I was born in Georgia/Tbilisi. As a student, I first moved to Germany and later to Austria to study German linguistics and German as a second language. I have a Master’s degree and since 2014 I have been teaching at the DGC. I am also a lecturer of German at the University of Texas at Arlington. The two things that I miss the most about Germany are German bakeries, and hiking in the forest.

Gabrielle Moser

Gabrielle Moser

Teacher

I grew up in Vienna and Lower Austria. I graduated with a bilingual International Baccalaureate and Austrian Matura equivalency. I earned BAs in Linguistics, Critical Languages & International Studies: German, and the Certificate in Translation & Localization from the University of Texas at Arlington. I work as a freelance translator, conference interpreter and teach German at the University of Texas at Arlington.