UD now home to Dallas Goethe Center

Mary Kate Elfelt, Staff Writer

Dr. Barbara Berthold is the Executive Director of the Dallas Goethe Center. Photo by Elizabeth Kerin.

The Dallas Goethe Center has now moved, figuratively and literally, to tighten its partnership with the University of Dallas.

The Dallas Goethe Center, a non-profit organization aimed at fostering German language and culture in North Texas, is now located in upstairs Anselm as of last month.

Founded in 1965 and partnered with the Goethe-Institut, the center hopes its new office location on campus will foster a better relationship with the university.

The center considered several universities in the area and eventually decided UD was the most logical choice for the office of Executive Director Dr. Barbara Berthold.

Berthold is in charge of the bulk of logistics for the center, and her involvement allows the smooth administration of the many opportunities the center offers.

The close contact with the university will allow students easy access to German-related scholarships and internship resources.

Dr. Jacob-Ivan Eidt, chair of the Modern Language department at UD, is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Goethe Center.

Previous to the organization’s move to campus, the ties between the center and the university were loose but definite.

According to Eidt, former UD art professor Heribert Bartsch was a founding member and one of the first presidents of the society. Bartsch also designed the center’s current logo.

Eidt looks forward to student accessibility at the on-campus location, making it easier to get involved in the film series, volunteering and other events students have enjoyed in the past.

Eidt said that he wanted to give special thanks to President Thomas Keefe and Provost Dr. C.W. Eaker for facilitating the partnership between the center and the university and for having the vision to recognize the importance of this partnership for the students.

Together, the Dallas Goethe Center and the Goethe-Institut are seen as representatives of the European Union on a mission to promote and encourage Western thought and culture to all those interested.

Appropriately, among the many reasons UD was chosen to host the center was the strong Western influence found in the Core, as well as the rigorous academic culture itself.

The university is what Eidt called “a leader in education, a leader in the community,” making it the most logical choice.

One exciting campus event made possible by the center will be a visit by Consul General Ricarda Redeker. Representing Germany in Texas, specifically Houston, Redeker advocates interest in German culture, relations and trade.

As part of her efforts to increase connections between the U.S. and Germany, Redeker will meet with Berthold and the UD community on Feb. 21 to deepen interest in Germany as well as answer any questions about German perceptions of the U.S.

The university’s name allows the center to garner attention and gives German students easy access to all of the benefits the center provides.

Students who do not study German are still able to benefit from the on-campus Dallas Goethe Center. Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to drop by Anselm 223 to speak with Berthold.

If you are interested in genealogy, practicing your German or simply enjoying the company of others interested in the German culture, Eidt described Berthold as “a treasure trove of information” for anything German.

History, politics, economics and philosophy majors may also take special interest in the center and future UD events, such as the symposium in mid-April.

The academic event will take place over the course of two days, giving its attention to many topics delivered by representatives from all over the world.

Through its partnership with the university, the Dallas Goethe Center will cultivate an increasingly global outlook for the university, further distinguishing UD as a leader in the academic world.


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