Oktoberfest With A Menckenian Flavor

Problem: Your appetite for bratwurst and sauerbraten is getting sated but you still want to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Solution: Enjoy a day of Mencken at the American Goethe Society of Washington, D.C. with an entertaining lecture (in English) by the renown Mencken scholar Marion Elizabeth Rodgers and a showing of the film Inherit the Wind (1960).

We have no doubt that Mr Mencken would have approved of the fine not-your-usual-Oktoberfest-luncheon with Oktoberfest beer which will be served before the showing of the film.

The Menckenian faithful may wish to re-read “The Hills of Zion” (A Mencken Chrestomathy). A worthwhile contrary view of the Scopes Trial is Mencken’s Mendacity at the Scopes Trial.

What: Lecture and film showing

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Where: The Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001


10:30am —11:00am Coffee / Registration
11:00am —12:00noon Lecture and Discussion
12:15pm — 1:15pm Oktoberfest Luncheon (includes Oktoberfest beer)
1:30pm — 3:30pm Showing of Inherit the Wind (1960), based on the Scopes “Monkey” Trial. (Gene Kelly, as “E. K. Hornbeck”, quite effectively plays the Mencken character.)

Cost: $40.00 (which includes morning coffee, lecture, German lunch, and film).

Please register no later than October 19, 2013.

Please send your reservation (with name, address, and if you would, your email and phone number) and check in the amount of $40 per person payable to the American Goethe Society, to:

American Goethe Society
Oktoberfest 2013
P.O. Box 6632
McLean, Va. 22106-6632

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