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24 August 2005

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FrankfurtReminder: next Frankfurt
get-together this Friday

The Yale Club’s next 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch in Frankfurt will be at 7:30 p.m. this Friday evening, August 26, in the Fidelio Weinkeller (Bockenheimer Landstraße 1-3, tel. 069 725758), a short walk from the U-Bahn’s Taunusanlage station (one stop from Frankfurt Hauptbanhof) or the Alte Oper. No RSVP necessary — just come for a drink with Yale friends new and old. Questions? E-mail Laura Sudhaus (Yale College ’88).

At this month’s meeting we will have the pleasure of welcoming current Yale junior Carolyn Redley (Yale College ’07, Branford), who has been serving as an “International Student Ambassador” in Russia and Europe this summer on behalf of the Yale Undergraduate Admissions Office. Carolyn is looking forward to meeting as many of us as possible!




A warm welcome to four new members of the Yale Club of Germany that we’ve learned about since the last newsletter:

  • Sven Bieber (Yale Graduate School ’01, MA in International Relations). Sven lives in Marburg, about 150 km north of Frankfurt.
  • Jan-Friedrich Bruenings (Yale Graduate School ’05, MA in International & Development Economics), who will be moving to Düsseldorf next month.
  • Matthias Mann (Yale Graduate School ’88, PhD in Chemical Engineering), and Helle Porsdam (Yale Graduate School ’87, PhD in American Studies), who have just moved with their family to Stockdorf, immediately west of Munich.



Yale Club of Germany helps inaugurate
charitable foundation at Schloss Wartin

Schloss WartinOn August 12 there was a big celebration at Schloss Wartin (photo), the lovely 18th-century country mansion northeast of Berlin owned and restored by Charles Elworthy (Yale Graduate School ’88) and Jochen Mengel (Yale Law School ’87), to mark the inauguration of the “Collegium Wartinum” charitable foundation. This foundation, which has received both private and public support, will maintain the Schloss and its grounds in perpetuity as a cultural retreat center. As we mentioned in an earlier newsletter, Charles and Jochen have been pursuing their goal of developing Schloss Wartin as a beautiful environment for hosting seminars, conferences and visiting scholars, and the establishment of the Collegium Wartinum Foundation is an important part of moving their vision forward.

Festivities at the SchlossThe festivities on August 12 were attended by scholars, artists and dignitaries, including the president of the Federal Association of German Foundations. The Yale Club of Germany was represented by two of our members from Berlin, David MacBryde (Yale College ’64) and Tomaz Cebasek (Yale College ’94). Tomaz writes, “Charles and Jochen have created quite a romantic place at Wartin. The atmosphere inspires intellectual vigor, creativity and aesthetic appreciation. I hope to be their guest often!”

The day also saw the opening of a small art exhibition entitled “The Creativity of Bloomsbury and Charleston,” which featured a reading by the distinguished English poet Paul Roche, partner of the artist Duncan Grant (1885-1978), one of the few who can still bear direct witness to the remarkable world of the Bloomsbury Group. As Charles puts it, “The philosophy of Charleston has strongly influenced our life and work here at Schloss Wartin — to create an environment of beauty, inspiration and tolerance, and thereby to make our contribution to leaving the world a better place than we have found it.”

A number of us in the Yale Club have started brainstorming the possibility of a Yale-focused weekend at Schloss Wartin sometime in 2006 which would be open to Yale alumni and friends all over Central Europe. Meanwhile, thanks to David’s efforts and foresight, the Yale Club’s ties with the Schloss and its foundation are strengthening:

  • The ceremonies on August 12 included the official planting of a ginkgo tree — like the ones in the courtyard of Timothy Dwight College at Yale — kindly donated by David to the Schloss on behalf of the Yale Club.
  • Also that day, an author-autographed copy of Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, by Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences dean Gus Speth (Yale College ’64, Yale Law School ’69), was presented to the distinguished guest speaker — Dr. Fritz Brickwedde, general secretary of the Federal German Foundation for the Environment — for donation to the Schloss Wartin library.
  • The Yale Club will be making a donation of €5,000 to the Schloss foundation, which will generate a total of €20,000 thanks to a 25%-75% match provided by an EU grant. This makes the Yale Club of Germany a founding member of the Collegium Wartinum foundation, and the Club will have a seat on the Foundation’s board of directors.

No doubt you’ll be hearing more about Schloss Wartin, and events that the Yale Club might be holding there, in the future. As Charles says, “We hope that the creation of the Foundation will enable us to further develop the Schloss's role as a link between this part of Europe and the English-speaking world.” If you’d like to learn more about the Schloss and its cultural activities, please visit its website.

Meanwhile, heartiest congratulations to Charles and Jochen on the creation of the Collegium Wartinum Foundation, and to their success in making Schloss Wartin a cultural retreat that will welcome visitors for generations to come.




Volunteers needed for upcoming
College Day fairs in Munich, Berlin

Yale ShieldThe director of our Yale Club’s Alumni Schools Committee, David MacBryde (Yale College ’64), writes with news that Yale will have a booths at each of two upcoming college fairs — one in Munich on Monday 17 October, the other in Berlin on Wednesday 19 October — and we’re looking for volunteers to staff these booths. Normally Diana Cooke from Yale’s Undergraduate Admissions Office flies in for these annual fairs, but this year she won’t be able to.

There will be a packet of information sent directly to the fairs from Yale, and it’s not necessary that you be an expert in admissions; most applicants will get their information on Yale from its website. The main thing is just to be a personal point of contact that can answer basic questions and direct people to additional resources. As David says, “I have done this in Berlin a couple of times. You get to meet other representatives from a bunch of colleges, and interested German students. Often German students are interested in graduate programs, which are beyond my [personal] experience — but with that limitation, it can still be an interesting time.”

If you’re interested in helping out, please send David an e-mail. You can also learn more about the two college fairs at the website of CollegeCouncil GmbH, which is organizing them as part of a European tour for admissions officers from American colleges and universities (when you log in, use the user name exhibitor and the password cd2005). In addition, there are some excellent general guidelines on assisting in college fairs at Yale’s Alumni Schools Committee website.




Local Yalie returns from adventures

Rob with friends in RwandaIn the “Local Boy Makes Good” department, Yale Club of Germany member Rob Berschinski (Yale College ’02), who is serving with the U.S. Air Force in Kaiserslautern, recently returned from an assignment in Africa with some fascinating diary entries and a slew of good photos, several of which he has been kind enough to share with all of us.

Rob writes: “My unit (the 86th Contingency Response Group from Ramstein Air Base) deployed to Kigali, Rwanda for three weeks in support of a NATO mission called ‘African Union Mission in Sudan’ (AMIS). We airlifted 600 Rwandan soldiers and their gear to the Darfur region of Sudan using Ramstein’s C-130 cargo aircraft. The Rwandans will spend the next six months acting as humanitarian peacekeepers in Darfur along with troops from other AU nations.

Rob with President Clinton“My unit also brought school supplies and toys to a primary school near where we were working.

“Although most of my time in Rwanda was spent on the airfield, I also got to do a good bit of sight-seeing, and my trip seemed to coincide with a surprisingly high number of celebrities: within a two-week span I met Bill Clinton (Yale Law School ’73), actors Sigourney Weaver (Yale School of Drama ’74) and Don Cheatle, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper (Yale College ’89)!”

Good work, Rob! Seems like those rascally Yalies can whip up a mini-reunion on the spot just about anywhere.



Yale astronomer and telescope help
discover solar system’s 10th planet

Sky animation

A team of researchers from Yale, Caltech and Hawaii’s Gemini Observatory using a Yale-built telescope have reported the discovery of a new planet in the outer solar system. Officially designated 2003 UB313, the new planet is brighter than Pluto and three times farther away. Assuming the reflectivity of the surface is the same as Pluto’s, it is the largest object detected in the solar system since the discovery of Neptune in 1846.

The animation at right (courtesy of wikipedia.org) shows the movement of 2003 UB313 on the images used to discover it. 2003 UB313 is located on the left side, slightly above the middle of the image. The three frames shown here were taken over a period of three hours.

The discovery team consists of Yale’s David Rabinowitz (Yale College ’83), Caltech’s Michael Brown, and the Gemini Observatory’s Chad Trujillo. This is the same team that a year ago announced their discovery of Sedna, a smaller body also at the distant edges of our solar system. The team has since discovered several other Pluto-scale bodies.

All of the new discoveries have been made with the Palomar QUEST camera, a gigantic digital camera built at Yale and mounted on the 48-inch-diameter telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California. With this camera, observers can search the entire northern sky multiple times with greater sensitivity than any other telescope in the world. The Palomar Quest camera is currently being used by researchers at Yale, Caltech, and the University of California at Berkeley to search not only for new planets, but also for supernovae, distant galaxies, and variable stars.

Source: Yale University Office of Public Affairs



Former dean of Yale Law School
Abraham S. Goldstein (1925-1985)

GoldsteinProfessor emeritus Abraham Goldstein (Yale Law School ’49), who was dean of the Yale Law School from 1970 to 1975, died on Saturday at his home in Woodbridge, Connecticut. He was 80.

An expert in criminal law and procedure, Professor Goldstein gained a reputation as a trial lawyer in Washington before he joined the Yale faculty in 1956. He became the 11th dean of the Law School in 1970, and was named a Sterling professor when he returned to teaching full time in 1975. He continued to teach at Yale until the end of the 2004-05 academic year.

“Abe Goldstein was a path-breaking criminal law scholar who understood the underbelly of our justice system, and a courageous leader during a difficult time for our School,” said Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh. “In his scholarship as well as his deanship, his singular strength was his integrity.”

Among his noted publications are The Insanity Defense (Yale University Press, 1967), a comprehensive analysis of its history and the controversies about it; The Passive Judiciary: Prosecutorial Discretion and the Guilty Plea (Louisiana State University Press, 1981); and, with Leonard Orland, the now-classic Criminal Procedure (Little, Brown, 1974).

Goldstein grew up in New York City, the fourth child of Ukrainian immigrants. His father sold fruit and vegetables from a pushcart on the Lower East Side, and the family spoke only Yiddish at home.

In 1976, when accepting Yale Law School’s Citation of Merit — the School’s highest award — Goldstein recalled that as a boy he never expected to attend an elite university. “Places like Yale were the stuff of dreams and story books, inhabited by remarkable people,” he said.

Sources: The New York Times; Yale Law School



John DavenportYale gathering to honor
founder of New Haven

As many as 100 descendents of the Reverend John Davenport (15971670), the Puritan clergyman who was a founder of New Haven, will gather at Yale on September 7 and 8 to celebrate their ancestor and visit places significant to his life.

Born in England to a wealthy family — his father was mayor of Coventry — Davenport was educated at Oxford and ordained an Anglican minister. Following a disagreement over religious practice, he resigned from the established church in 1633, became a Puritan and fled to Holland. In 1637 he sailed for Massachusetts with much of his congregation.

In March 1638 he founded the Colony of New Haven with his childhood friend, Theophilus Eaton, who became the colony’s first governor. During Davenport’s lifetime, he preached in Center Church, which still stands today on the New Haven Green.

Davenport placed a high value on education and was the first to propose the establishment of a college in New Haven. Yale’s Davenport College is named in his honor. The Yale University Art Gallery has four portraits of him in its collection; in fact, the first American painting ever acquired by Yale, in 1750, is a portrait of Davenport that was painted in 1670.

Sources: Yale University Office of Public Affairs; Yale University Art Gallery



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.
  • If you’re interested in interviewing high school students in your area who are applying to Yale, please let David (MacBryde) know. He can always, always use more interviewers.
  • If you’re interested in presenting the Yale Book Award at a high school in your area, please let David (Ilten) know.
  • If you have anything to contribute to the newsletter — flea-market classifieds, news on what you’re doing these days, etc. — please send it to Bob. He would love to hear from you. Thanks!