Dear Members and Friends of the Yale Club Germany:
The Yale Club Germany has a new leadership after the passing of David Ilten last year. We will continue his work with the same love for the Yale Community and what it stands for as he always demonstrated.
Our new President is Laura Sprague. Since moving to Frankfurt in 1992, Laura has been active with the Yale Club of Germany--first as a Stammtisch regular, then as an alumni interview coordinator, and for the past 23 years as the Club's Secretary. As president of the Club for the next two years, she is excited that the Club has awarded four scholarships this year and hopes to make the Yale e.V. organization more transparent to all Yale alumni in Germany, so more people can be involved. While at Yale, she majored in American Studies and is currently a lector at Goethe-Universität.
Our new Club Secretary is Bartley Großerichter. Bartley moved to Munich in 1993 and helped found the Yale Munich Stammtisch with Alexander Schmitt Glaeser around 2002. She has been a volunteer with the Yale Alumni Schools Committee interviewing applicants since arriving in Germany, and for the past three years was the Yale Alumni Association Representative for Germany. In cooperation with the Yale Club of Germany and in partnership with Munich’s Amerikahaus, Bartley founded Munich Dialogues on Democracy in 2018 (www.dialoguesondemocracy.com). As Secretary she is looking forward to working with the executive team to provide opportunities for Yalies to be involved however they would like, whether supporting current students, joining social gatherings or organizing and attending educational and networking events. Bartley is Yale College class of ’88.
Our funds remain in the trusted hands of Hans Christian Siller. Hans Christian moved to Berlin after graduation 2012 and initially became involved with the Yale Club in 2015 while organizing the Wartin Philosophy Salon together with other Yalies. He co-founded the Ivy+ Stammtisch in Berlin and has been serving as the Club's Treasurer since 2016. As a Treasurer, he is working towards transforming the Yale Club into an open platform available to all Yalies in Germany, empowering them to (re)connect, explore, organize, discuss. Hans Christian teaches at a boarding school in Mecklenburg and is GSAS '12.
Rebecca Haltzel-Haas has served as Germany’s Alumni School Committee (ASC) Director since the Fall of 2011. As ASC Director Germany, Rebecca coordinates the interviews of all Yale College applicants from Germany as well as recruiting and advising Yale alumni who conduct those interviews. In coordination with the Yale College Undergraduate Admissions Office, Rebecca seeks to increase awareness of and interest in the U.S. liberal arts educational system in general as well as to raise the profile of Yale College in Germany, in particular. Rebecca moved to Frankfurt in September 1998. Rebecca is Yale College class of '90.
Director of Communications will be Alexander Schmitt Glaeser, who sends out this Newsletter. Please forgive any glitches I put in here. I am still in training by Hans Christian. I have been a Munich Resident since 2001 and became involved as organizer of the Yale Stammtisch together with Bartley in 2002. I will do my best to keep you all up to date with the latest news from the greater Yale Community if you help with regular input. I am LL.M. YLS '89 and work for the Ministry of Science and Arts of Bavaria.
In March a lot of things will be happening: First and Foremost our Yale Weekend in Munich with the Annual Meeting on the 7th of March. Please see the Website Posts below.
Yale Weekend in Munich with Annual Meeting (March 6-7)

Yale Weekend in Munich with Annual Meeting (March 6-7)

Dear Yale Club of Germany members,

We would like to invite you to a Yale Weekend in Munich!

Friday, March 6

Our Munich-based lecture series “Dialogues on Democracy” is hosting an exclusive evening of art (photography exhibit  “A Personal Portrait of the Obamas” by award-winning photographer Callie Shell) and music (London-based pianist Kamilla Arku ‘05), drinks and finger food, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Amerikahaus. For more details see the specific post on our webiste.

Saturday, March 7

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Yale Club of Germany e.V.’s annual meeting will be held in the home of Bartley Grosserichter ’88. For more details, write laura.sprague(at)aya.yale.edu. Depending on the number of those planning to attend, we may change the location.

1 -  2:30 p.m. Join us for lunch at Ella in Lenbachhaus, the Florentine-style villa built for the painter Franz von Lenbach, now an art museum. Please RSVP bgrosserichter(at)aya.yale.edu by February 15.

2:30 -    Enjoy exploring the Lenbach art gallery, containing works by Munich painters and contemporary artists in styles such as the Blaue Reiter and New Objectivity. RSVP laura.sprague(at)aya.yale.edu if you do not plan on joining the other events.

Hope to see many of you for a weekend of culture and conversation.


Laura Sprague ‘88

Yale Club of Germany e.V., President

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Art and Music Reception

Art and Music Reception

Munich Dialogues on Democracy together with The Yale Club of Germany are inviting you to an exclusive evening of art and music, drinks and finger food.

Join us for a last chance to see the wildly successful exhibit “Hope, Never Fear”: A Personal Portrait of the Obamas by award-winning photographer Callie Shell. The exhibit officially closes to the public on March 1st, but our partners at Amerikahaus have offered us the chance for a private viewing with an introduction by the President of Amerikahaus, Dr. Meike Zwingenberger, who will also offer information about several of the photos throughout the evening.

London-based pianist Kamilla Arku is a graduate of Yale University and the Royal Northern College of Music. Born in Switzerland to Liberian and Norwegian parents, Kamilla began to study the piano after moving to the U.S. at a young age. Kamilla gave her London debut at the renowned 'Pianists of the World' series at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields in 2013, and has since performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK and abroad. Recent highlights include recitals in Lisbon, London and Paris; interviews and performances on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio London; duo performances with Stephen Kovacevich, Alice Zawadzki and Leon Bosch; and collaborations with visual artists Jordan Soderberg Mills and Amale Freiha Khlat. Passionate about diversity in the arts, she regularly programmes music by female composers and composers from the African diaspora, and has given world and European premieres of works by Lainie Fefferman, Tara Creme and Virginia Seay. Kamilla is also the founder and Director of Music for Liberia, a nonprofit that raises funds for children in Liberia through music events in the UK.

Kamilla will present a program of piano music by pioneering African-American composers. From the masterworks of Duke Ellington and Margaret Bonds to contemporary offerings from Tania León and Fred Onovwerosuoke, Kamilla will celebrate the innovation and artistry of some of America's greatest composers.

Cost:  €25 “Unkostenbeitrag” (€10 for recent Graduates from Yale - last five years), to be transferred before March 1st or paid in cash at the door

RSVP:   Space is limited, reservation required! RSVP before February 21th to info@dialoguesondemocracy.com

The Yale Club of Germany, e.V.
n26 Bank
IBAN: DE76 1001 1001 2621 3219 84
Subject: Dialogues on Democracy
If you would like a tax receipt, please include your contact details.

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Yale Alley Cats give a concert in Schloss Wartin

Yale Alley Cats give a concert in Schloss Wartin

Yale Alley Cats will perform at Schloss Wartin on Saturday March 14th.

15.00 Guests welcome –  refreshments (tea, coffee, wine, beer, cake) will be served.

16.00 Concert – free to Yalies. A donation for our Foundation would be much appreciated.

After-concert - drinks and Wartin-typical meal with the Alley Cats.

Contact Charles.Elworthy@wartin.com for details.

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The Whim'n Rhythm need you(r help)

The Whim 'n Rhythm will be embarking on a world tour during the Summer of 2020. They hope to visit Germany in early July and ask the Yale Community to help them with housing for the group of 12. As Yale College celebrates 50 years of undergraduate coeducation, they hope that some Alumns will consider assisting them with housing, hiring them for a private event, providing networking contacts, or offer donations.

Whim 'n Rhythm, Yale's premier all-senior a cappella group, was founded in 1981, and has since performed in countries and venues across the world, from Japan and Australia to the White House and Club Med. Nearly forty years after the group's founding, the 12 singers of Whim 'n Rhythm represent the best and most experienced SSAA singers of the senior class.

Please contact me with private message if you can help and I will make contact with the group.

Weekend at Schloss Wartin?
If you’d like to make a weekend trip out of the event on Schloss Wartin: Charles Elworthy suggested that you may stay in the Geckeler Speicher, in a room in the Schloss’s East Wing (https://www.airbnb.de/rooms/38291559 ), or in Haus Bohlmann (https://www.airbnb.de/rooms/39505855 Haus). To reserve a room or rooms with a Yale discount, send an email to info(at)wartin.com : 60€ for a double in the Speicher or 20% off the Airbnb prices to stay in the Schloss or the Blacksmith’s building.

The Yale Club of Germany e.V.

http://www.yaleclub.de     For up-to-date event information, join our Facebook group.

If you have ideas for events, would like to get involved in club activites or are running an event of interest to our members, let us know!


The Yale Club is always looking for alumni to interview local high-school students who are applying to Yale College. If you would like to help out or learn more, please click here to e-mail our ASC director, Rebecca Haltzel-Haas.

Yale Book Award

If you interested in presenting the Yale Book Award at a high school in your area, please contact the club board.


The Club does not assess dues, but asks its members to make an modest annual contribution (€20 suggested, but any amount is welcome) to help fund Club activities such as the Yale Book Award.

To contribute, please arrange a bank transfer (Überweisung) to the following account and be sure to include your email address so we can send you your tax-deductible donation receipt:

Bank (Kreditinstitut des Begünstigten): n26 Bank
Payee (Begünstigter): Hans Christian Siller
IBAN: DE76 1001 1001 2621 3219 84

For any question regarding contributions, please contact our Treasurer, Hans Christian Siller.

Club Officers


Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88)


Hans Christian Siller (GSAS ’12)


Bartley Grosserichter (Yale College ’88)


Rebecca Haltzel-Haas (Yale College ’90)


Alexander Schmitt-Glaeser (LAW '89)


David Syverson (DIV '97)