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2 June 2005

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In this issue: news from the Yale family in Germany

In this issue: news from and about Yale




Chamber opera by young Yale composer premieres at the Staatsoper Dresden

Ari Benjamin MeyersA new chamber opera by Ari Benjamin Meyers (Yale College ’94) received its world premiere at the Staatsoper Dresden last week — and it’s not too late for you to catch a performance before its run closes next week. The opera, Nico: Sphinx aus Eis, is based on the life of Christa Päffgen (1938-1988), the singer, actress and fashion model who at one time or another was romantically linked with Alain Delon, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan — among others. The opera’s libretto is by the well-known German writer Werner Fritsch.

There have already been four performances of the opera in the past week, and four more are scheduled in the opera house’s studio stage (kleine szene) on June 3, 5, 9 and 10, all starting at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the box office. For further information, please visit the Staatsoper Dresden’s website.

At Yale, Ari studied with the composers Martin Bresnick, Anthony Davis and Jacob Druckman. He also received musical training at Juilliard and the Peabody Conservatory, and studied conducting with Leonard Bernstein. He came to Germany on a Fulbright scholarship in 1996 and has been living in Berlin since then. His chamber opera Defendants Rosenberg, a political drama based on the trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg for treason in 1953, was performed in Magdeburg in 1999 and won the ASCAP Young Composer Award.




Munich resident elected to board of
Yale SOM’s alumni association

Alexander MoggAlso in the “Local Boy Makes Good” department, we are pleased to report that Alexander Mogg (Yale SOM ’96), who lives and works in Munich, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for Yale School of Management Alumni Association (SOMAA). His term will last three years, and he is hoping to use his time on the board to strengthen the school’s network of international alumni.

As a principal consultant at Mercer Management, Alexander works in strategy development, business process reengineering and change management with a focus on mobile communications and media. He holds a diploma in aerospace engineering from the Technische Universität München, has published numerous articles in business publications, and is a requested speaker at conferences on telecommunication and media-related topics. He is also reported to be a skiing addict and an active drummer in a German funk & soul band.

Alexander is hoping to set up a get-together of Yale School of Management alumni in Germany sometime soon, so if you’re an SOM alum, why not drop him a line to say hello at alexander@mogg.com. He’d be delighted to hear from you.




Next Frankfurt get-together
set for Friday evening, June 24

FrankfurtThe next Yale Club Stammtisch get-together in the Frankfurt area will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, continuing our custom of meeting on the fourth Friday of every month. The venue is again the Fidelio Weinkeller (Bockenheimer Landstraße 1-3, tel. 069 725758), a great little bistro noted for its wine and classical music, a short walk from the Alte Oper and close to the Alte Oper or Taunusanlage stations on the U-Bahn; Taunusanlage is just one stop from the Frankfurt Hauptbanhof. Questions or RSVPs to Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88) at laura_sudhaus@hotmail.com. But even if you forget to RSVP, please come! We’d love to see you!




Guided tour of Spanish art exhibition in
Hamburg on Wednesday evening, July 6

Murillo paintingOn Wednesday, July 6, the Yale Club of Germany will join together with the local Harvard Club chapter and the Insead Alumni Association of Germany for a joint event at the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. We will have the opportunity to view the gallery’s latest exhibit, Greco, Velazquez, Goya: Spanish Paintings from German Collections, at our leisure or with a guided tour during evening hours when the museum is otherwise closed to the public.

This will be the first time that the most prominent examples of paintings by these masters held in German museums and private collections will be shown together. The exhibition opens May 28 and runs to August 21. Further information about the show may be found on the museum’s website.

In addition to our “private viewing” there will be a light buffet dinner and drinks. The cost per person is to be confirmed, but please save the date! If you have questions before the invitations are sent, please contact Rita Pearson-Schwandt (Yale College ’87) by e-mail.




Yale holds its 304th commencement

Yale commencementYale held its 304th Commencement festivities the Monday before last, May 23. About 10,000 people gathered on the Old Campus for the ceremonies at which 1,242 assembled undergraduates and 1,050 graduate and professional students received their diplomas. The ceremony was a coming of age for Yale’s Class of 2005, who had been in college less than two weeks when the events of September 11, 2001, took place.

The previous day, Sunday’s skies sprinkled rain on most of the official Class Day activities. But on the day of Commencement itself, the bad weather stayed away. President Levin’s Baccalaureate address, entitled “Reviving Public Discourse,” may be read here. This year’s honorary degrees:

  • Jacqueline Barton, a pioneer in the field of DNA research, was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree.
  • Robert DeVecchi received a doctorate of humane letters for his crusading work as president of the International Refugee Committee.
  • William Foege, an epidemiologist who helped eradicate the threat of smallpox, received an honorary doctorate in medical sciences.
  • The celebrated artist David Hockney received a doctor of fine arts degree for his work as a painter, photographer, engraver, and graphic designer.
  • Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, the first black (and first woman) to head South Africa’s University of Cape Town, was awarded a doctorate of humane letters.
  • The well-known economist and Nobel laureate Paul Samuelson received an honorary doctorate in social sciences.
  • A doctorate of laws went to Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama and has spent decades working to provide equitable legal representation for all members of society.
  • The British mathematician Andrew Wiles, who in 1994 became the first person to prove Fermat’s last theorem since it was postulated 357 years earlier, was awarded a doctorate of science.

The reunion season is now in full swing at Yale. The Yale College classes of 1940, 1960, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985 and 1990 held their reunions last weekend, May 26–29; the classes of 1945, 1950, 1955, 1965, 1995 and 2000 will be holding them this weekend, June 2–5. Reunions have become so popular in the past decade that the AYA now divides them between two weekends, so that there will be enough room for everybody who wants to attend.

By the way, if you’re attending a Yale reunion this year, please share your impressions after you come back to Germany so that we can include them in an upcoming newsletter! Contact details are shown at the bottom of this page.




Two new US postage stamps
honor Yale professors of the past

Yale stampsTwo recent commemorative postage stamps
issued by the United States Postal Service honor well-known Yale professors from the past.

Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), the first official Poet Laureate of the United States and a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, appears on a stamp in the USPS’s “Literary Arts” series which had its first day of issue on April 22 in Warren’s hometown of Guthrie, Kentucky, as part of celebrations surrounding the centennial of his birth. At Yale, Warren held professorships in playwriting (1951-1956) and in English (1961-1973). His papers were left to the Beinecke Library at Yale. The background art on the stamp recalls scenes from his novel All the King’s Men.

Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839-1903), recognized as one of the greatest American scientists in history, appears on a stamp in the USPS’s “American Scientist” series which had its first day of issue ceremonies on May 4 in Luce Hall on the Yale campus. Gibbs received the first Ph.D. in engineering ever granted in the United States (in 1863, from Yale), and taught at Yale from 1863 to 1866 and then from 1869 until his death. He made important contributions in vector analysis, electromagnetic theory and statistical mechanics, but is best known for developing the modern method of thermodynamic analysis; some have called his discoveries as fundamental in nature as those of Galileo and Newton.

A+A Building stampAnother Yale subject on a recent US postage stamp is Paul Rudolph’s Art & Architecture Building, which appears in the USPS’s “Masterworks of Modern American Architecture” set of 12 designs released on May 19. The other 11 in the series include the Chrysler Building in New York, the Hancock Tower in Chicago, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; the A+A Building is the only university structure in the series. The controversial building, which has had its ups and downs since its dedication in 1963, is now scheduled for a comprehensive renovation to return it to Rudolph’s original vision.




Reminder: Yale alumni invited to a
free on-line forum with Prof. Schiller

Prof. ShillerOn Tuesday, June 14, all Yale alumni are invited to attend an on-line forum entitled “Risky Business: Real Estate and Social Security on the Brink?” sponsored by AllLearn and featuring Yale economics professor Robert Shiller (photo).

This 90-minute forum (at 6–7:30 p.m. German time) will let you engage in real-time Q&A with Professor Shiller, the renowned economist who predicted the stock market collapse of 2000 in his book Irrational Exuberance. For details, click here to visit the forum’s page on the AllLearn website. The normal cost of participation is $49.00, but Yale alumni can join in for free by clicking “Enroll” on the course description page and then, on the following page, entering business100 in the promotion code field.




Yale Club of Germany

David Ilten (Yale College ’60)
Tel. 069 622680

Alumni Schools Committee Chairman

David MacBryde (Yale College ’64)
Tel. 030 8229625

Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88)
Tel. 06198 501700

Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71)
Tel. 06122 95590 (office)

If you want to “check in” with the Yale Club of Germany to let us know you’re here (hooray!) or that you’re leaving (sob!), or if you need to change your e-mail address or other contact information, please let Laura know. She can also help you connect to other members of the Yale family in your area. Thanks!