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22 June 2006

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Yale German Dept. professor to present lecture in Frankfurt on Thursday 6 July

Professor SternIn association with the Goethe Institute of Frankfurt, the Yale Club of Germany is pleased to present a lecture by Professor Howard Stern of Yale’s Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, July 6. Professor Stern’s talk, which will be presented in both German and English, will be entitled “Encounters with Goethe, Rilke and Brecht: English Translations, Travesties and Dialogs.”

Professor Stern (Yale Graduate School ’71 MPhil, ’78 PhD in Comparative Literature) is a poet, critic, translator, and passionate teacher. At Yale, he teaches both German and Directed Studies courses, and uses his fluency in Latin, French, Russian and Yiddish (as well as German) to enliven both. He recently won a prize from Yale College for excellence in teaching. He has written extensively on the works of Mörike, Rilke, Morgenstern, Benjamin, and Celan; on the topics of concrete poetry, music theory, and Russian and Yiddish literature; and has done translations of German poetry by Goethe, Schiller, and Morgenstern. His interests include wine-tasting, recitation and performance, and low-technology teaching.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Goethe-Institut is at Diesterwegplatz 72, 60594 Frankfurt (tel. 069 961 2270), just opposite the Frankfurt Süd Banhof (which is on the U1, U2, U3, S3, S4, S5 and S6 lines, among many others). For a map showing the Goethe-Institut’s location, click here.

Don’t miss this singular intellectual and literary adventure! If you have any questions, please contact the President of the Yale Club of Germany, David Ilten (Yale College ’60), by e-mail.




Reminder: get-together in Frankfurt
tomorrow night, Friday 23 June

World CupThe Yale Club’s next 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch in Frankfurt will be at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night, Friday, June 23, at the wine pub Fidelio Weinkeller (Bockenheimer Landstraße 1-3, tel. 069 725758). Come and enjoy a relaxing hour or two — and perhaps have a bite to eat if you’re hungry — with Yale friends new and old. And there’s a rumor that, after leaving Fidelio’s, we might walk down to a nearby square to catch the France-Togo and Korea-Switzerland World Cup games on a giant outdoor screen. Both games start at 9 p.m.

Fidelio’s is a short walk from the S-Bahn’s Taunusanlage station (one stop from Frankfurt Hauptbanhof on any S-Bahn line) or the U-Bahn’s Alte Oper station (on the U6 and U7 lines). If you’re driving, Fidelio is diagonally southwest across the intersection from the Alte Oper, and there are several parking garages nearby.

As always, no sign-up is required. Just come! Questions? Send an e-mail to Laura Sudhaus (Yale College ’88).




BulldogHail and Farewell

  • A warm welcome to Harald Schwefel (Yale Graduate School ’00 MS, ’02 MPhil, ’04 PhD), who has recently returned to Germany after spending 7 years in Yale’s Physics Department. Originally from Berlin, Harald is now working in Erlangen, just north of Nuremberg.
  • A fond farewell to Dave Campbell (Yale College ’94 Saybrook), who is leaving Berlin soon to take up a post as trade specialist with the Representative of German Industry and Trade in Washington, DC. RGIT advances the interests of German industry and business in the United States on behalf of the BDI (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrien) and the DIHK (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag), which Dave says are like an “über Chamber of Commerce.” Dave will be tracking, analyzing and communicating key trades issues for the RGIT. “I am thrilled by this new challenge,” he writes. “I expect visitors, so please look me up once I get settled.”




Yale student musicians visit Germany

ESF OrchestraThe Hindemith Ensemble of Yale, a nine-member chamber group, has returned to the U.S. following a successful two-week concert tour of Germany. Among their performances while here were several engagements arranged through the Yale Club of Germany and its members, including a June 8 recital at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin and three performances on June 14 at the European School of Frankfurt, followed by workshops with members of the ESF orchestra.

One of the ESF performances was attended by about 250 kindergarten, primary and secondary students. As ESF Orchestra conductor Meg Masaki wrote afterward, “It made my heart sing to watch the joy, body movements, and expressions of amazement on the faces of the children as they listened to the performances!”

Two of the larger ESF classes of students were coached by all nine members of the Hindemith Ensemble, who offered practical tips on technique and achieving ensemble balance. Later, the Yale musicians worked individually with members of the ESF Orchestra. Meg said, “I watched our students enter the rooms [for their workshops] a bit nervous, and then later exit with radiant smiles on their faces and comments like, ‘Oh, that was so cool!’”



Yale Club of Germany

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

Treasurer/Alumni Schools Committee
David MacBryde (Yale College ’64)
Tel. 030 8229625 (Berlin)

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

Newsletter/Mailing List
Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71)
Tel. 06122 95590 (Wiesbaden)

Membership: If you are an alumnus of any Yale school or a friend of Yale, you are automatically considered a member of the Yale Club of Germany. Welcome!

Mailing list: To add your name to the Yale Club’s mailing list, to change your address, or to notify the Club that you’re leaving Germany and should be removed from the list, please click here to let Laura and Bob know. You can also ask them who else is in your area, since they try to keep track of Yalies throughout Germany.

Interviews: 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, David MacBryde.

Yale Book Award: If you interested in presenting the Yale Book Award at a high school in your area, click here to let David Ilten know.

Yale Club of Germany Prize: We are in the “quiet phase” of a long-term program to raise at least €20,000, with an eventual goal of €100,000, to endow this award for presentation to exceptional high school students in Germany who have been accepted to Yale. If you are interested in learning more about how you can contribute to this worthy effort, please click here to let David Ilten know.

Contributions: 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 Yale Club’s account. (For those of you new to Germany, this is the standard method for making payments here — as common in Germany as writing a check in the U.S.) Account details:


Bank (Kreditinstitut des Begünstigten):

Degussa Bank, Frankfurt


Bank Number (Bankleitzahl, or BLZ):



Payee (Begünstigten):

Yale Club e.V.


Payee’s Account Number
(Konto-Nr. des Begünstigten):

22 1278

If you have questions or need a receipt for the Finanzamt, please contact our Treasurer, David MacBryde (contact details above).