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14 June 2005

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In this issue: news from the Yale family in Germany

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Reminder: next Frankfurt get-together
coming up Friday evening, June 24

FrankfurtThe next Yale Club Stammtisch in the Frankfurt area will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, continuing our fourth-Friday-of-the-month custom at 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 by e-mail to Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88). But RSVP or not, please come! We’d love to see you!




Yale Club picnic at an open-air play in Frankfurt on Friday evening, July 1

"Golden Boy" posterThe Yale Club of Germany invites you to a fun evening of good fellowship and outdoor drama in downtown Frankfurt on Friday, July 1, when the Chaincourt Theatre Company presents the play Golden Boy by the celebrated American playwright Clifford Odets (1906-1963).

Golden Boy will be staged (in English) on the tree-shaded lawn behind the gigantic main building of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt — the old I.G. Farben Haus. The lawn is terraced so that play-goers can have a good view of the drama no matter where they sit, and the audience is invited to come early, bring blankets and picnic gear, and make an evening of it. If you don’t have time to prepare your own picnic basket ahead of time, you’ll find that wine, snacks and refreshments are available for purchase before the play and during intermission.

Golden Boy

A drama about love, trust
and hope, Golden Boy is
set in New York in the '30s,
when a down-on-his-luck
boxing manager named
Tom Moody discovers the
cocky young fighter Joe
Bonaparte. Joe helps Tom
tackle New York’s dog-eat-
dog world, but things get
complicated when he also
takes a liking to Tom’s
girlfriend—and when the
Mafia decides it wants
a part of Joe’s success.


The Chaincourt Theatre Company is a student-run drama troupe based at the Institute for British and American Studies at Goethe University in Frankfurt. (Three members of Yale community in Frankfurt teach at this university.) Founded more than 20 years ago, the company puts on at least one production per term, and most of the actors are German students whose English is so excellent you’ll quickly forget they’re not native speakers. The Chaincourt’s production of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor last summer, which many of us attended, was thoroughly delightful.

If you would like to sign up, please send an e-mail to Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88) just to let her know you’re coming. Admission is €8 per person. We’ll meet at 5 p.m. in the Rotunda Café inside the I.G. Farben Haus for a latte macchiato and then have a brief tour of the university campus before going to the play together. Bring a blanket to sit on and, if you like, a picnic basket with wine and snacks. If the weather is really bad, the play will be held indoors, but even if it’s held outdoors as scheduled, bring a fold-up umbrella for those moments when brief summer showers pass over downtown Frankfurt.

The I.G. Farben Haus is an easy 10-minute walk two blocks west of Holzhausenstr. Station, which is 3 stops north of Hauptwache on the U-Bahn lines U1, U2, or U3. For a map of the neighborhood between Holzhausenstr. Station and the University, formatted as a single-page PDF file suitable for downloading and printout, click here. For a map of Frankfurt’s U-Bahn and S-Bahn train system, also formatted as a single-page PDF file suitable for downloading and printout, click here.




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

Velazquez 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.

The cost will be €45 person, which includes a 3-course buffet dinner and a guided museum tour. Since space at this event is limited, both reservations and prepayment in full must be received no later than June 27, and only those with fully paid reservations by them can be included. To sign up, please send an e-mail to Rita Pearson-Schwandt (Yale College ’87) to let her know you plan to attend, and to give her the details of your completed bank transfer to this account:

Rita Pearson-Schwandt
BLZ 200 209 00
Account 1002671149
Amount €45 per person

Remember, you don’t have to be from the Hamburg area to participate: as with all Yale Club activities, this event is open to all interested members of the Yale family in Germany. Hope to see you there!




Yale announces 2005 World Fellows;
group includes activist from Germany

Sascha Müller-KraennerThe roster of 18 young international leaders chosen by Yale as 2005 World Fellows, announced by President Levin on June 8, includes the German political and environmental activist Sascha Müller-Kraenner, 42, a director at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, which works with Germany’s Green Party to develop policy.

Now its fourth year, the Yale World Fellows program seeks to develop a global network of emerging leaders and broaden international understanding at the university by bringing 18 highly accomplished men and women from a diverse set of countries to Yale each year for a 17–week leadership program. Selected from outside the United States at an early mid–career point, World Fellows come from a wide range of fields and disciplines. This year’s group includes the vice president of a leading South Korean conglomerate, the chief of staff for the President of Lithuania, the Philippine Secretary of Energy, the director of Israel’s first legal advocacy group for Arab minority rights, the former Minister of Trade of Panama, the Chief Superintendent of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, one of China’s most influential television anchormen, and the former governor of the third-largest state in Venezuela.

“The 2005 World Fellows have exceptional records of achievement and a proven capacity for leadership,” said the Program’s director, Daniel Esty, a professor of environmental law and policy at Yale. “Building on their access to Yale faculty, alumni, visitors and students, these World Fellows will be prepared for even greater roles of leadership when they return home. Over half of the 2004 World Fellows have already experienced noteworthy career changes since their program ended last December.”

World Fellows

The current (May-June
2005) issue of the Yale
Alumni Magazine
has a
wonderful article about
the Yale World Fellows
Program. To read it,
click the photo above.


This year, the Program selection process was intense, with hundreds of top quality applications for only 18 positions. Review committees representing six geographical regions around the globe helped to narrow the field. The final selection was made by a panel of Yale faculty.

From 1998 to 2002, Sascha Müller-Kraenner served as director of the Böll Foundation’s office in Washington DC. He is one of the founders of Ecologic, the nonprofit Center for International and European Environmental Policy in Berlin, and he serves on the advisory boards of the Humboldt Institution on Transatlantic Issues, the European Movement Germany, and the Working Group on Global Issues of the German Council on Foreign Relations. From 1991 to 1998 he was Director for International Affairs of the Deutscher Naturschutzring, the umbrella organization of Germany’s environmental NGOs (non-governmental organizations), prior to which he served as chief of staff for Kornelia Müller, a Green member of the State Parliament of Saxony. Müller-Kraenner has published extensively on international relations, European integration and environmental diplomacy, and the United Nations climate change treaty.

From September to December this year, the 2005 Fellows will take part in a specially designed World Fellows Seminar taught by some of Yale’s most distinguished faculty. They will be able to take any of the 3,000 courses offered at Yale — including courses in management, law, history, economics and political science — and will be provided with individualized skill–building sessions on public speaking, media training, conflict resolution and problem-solving. The program provides the World Fellows with tuition fees, housing, travel, health care coverage and a $30,000 living stipend.

Through a private weekly dinner speaker series and trips to New York and Washington DC, World Fellows have access to U.S. government officials, business leaders, international affairs experts, Yale alumni and other American and foreign leaders.

A complete listing of the 18 World Fellows for 2005 is included in Yale’s press release on this topic: click here for the full text.




German newspaper reports from Yale
on visa challenges facing U.S. schools

HandelsblattOur sharp-eyed Yale correspondent in Eppstein, Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88), has contributed a recent article from Handelsblatt, Germany’s largest business and finance newspaper, which discusses the challenges American universities are having attracting international students in the face of tighter U.S. Government restrictions on visa applications. Entitled “Talent Escaping,” the article was reported from New Haven and focuses on how Yale, among other U.S. universities, is dealing with the problem. It includes comments from President Levin, who has been in the forefront of American university leaders pressuring the State Department to scale back what many see as unnecessarily restrictive policies.

Noting that about 16% of Yale’s 11,000 students are from overseas, Handelsblatt glowingly depicts Yale as a “paradise” for students, describing its “small classes, first-class university teachers, and the kind of protected microcosm of learning one finds perhaps only in elite American and British universities.” At the same time, the article highlights how much more difficult it has become for international students to actually make it to the U.S. in the post-9/11 era. In 2004, for example, the number of German students in the United States decreased by 6% from the previous year.

The article, which is in German, is currently available on the Handelsblatt website; click here to read it. If this link no longer works by the time you get to it — Handelsblatt archives many of its current articles after a week or so — you might try the News Frankfurt digest site, where the same article is also currently available: click here.




European media group awards its top
prize to a Yale Medical School website

Yale Cardiothoracic Imaging websiteThe Pirelli S.p.A. Group, one of Europe’s major telecommunications and manufacturing firms, has awarded its annual 2005 Pirelli Prize for Multimedia Education to the Yale School of Medicine for its Cardiothoracic Imaging website. The site, which also won the Pirelli Top Prize for 2005, was chosen from more than 1,700 entrants around the globe.

In selecting Yale’s entry, the Pirelli jury cited the “extraordinary depth and breadth of the Cardiothoracic Imaging site, which is entirely in tune with [our] mission to encourage excellence in multimedia education and scientific dissemination via the Internet.” Pirelli has been sponsoring the multimedia awards since their inception in 1996.

“At no time in history does the intersection of media and science education matter more,” said Yale cardiology professor Carl Jaffe, who created the site with Patrick Lynch, director of the MedMedia Group at the Yale School of Medicine. He said the awards are a validation of their approach in applying multimedia technologies to the problems of medical education, particularly in areas that require complex visualization of human anatomy and diagnostic imaging.




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)

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