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20 November 2006

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MacbethGet-together in Frankfurt
this Friday at ‘Macbeth’

For the Yale Club’s next 4th-Friday-of-the-month informal get-together in Frankfurt — which is coming up this Friday, November 24 — we will be meeting for a performance of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” being staged (in English) by Britain’s acclaimed New Triad Theatre Company at the Volkshochschule Frankfurt, and going out for drinks or a late supper afterwards.

Tickets are €13 each. This event was publicized within the local Frankfurt community earlier this month, so at this point we now have only 3 tickets left, and they’re available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d like to reserve one or more, please phone Bob Bonds ’71 e-mail him as soon as possible — or, if it’s not convenient for you to e-mail, you can phone him at 0170-9720-168. You can then pay for your ticket(s) on Friday night when we all meet at the theater.

The theater is at the Dr. Hoch’sches Konservatorium, Sonnemannstrasse 16, 60314 Frankfurt. This is a short walk from the Ostendstrasse S-Bahn stop, which is 4 stops east from the Frankfurt Hauptbanhof on any S-Bahn line. We will meet just inside the entrance to the theater. For a map you can print out which shows the location of both the theater and the S-Bahn stop nearby, please click here.

The New Triad is a London-based touring company whose original production of “Macbeth” in 1980 attracted praise from the leading critic of The Scotsman newspaper, Alan Wright, as well as Scottish Television, the BBC, and reviewers in Europe and the United States. A six-month tour established Triad as an international company presenting Shakespeare to contemporary audiences. The group has since toured all over the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and Italy, with more than 40 productions of Shakespeare and modern classics.

While this production, directed by John Strehlow, takes a new look at the play, it remains true to the company's tradition of creating strong visual images through choreographed movement, simple costume and sets, with the emphasis firmly on the actors. It has received rave reviews — hope you can join us!





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

  • Crispin Barker (Yale Graduate School ’01), a doctoral candidate in the History of Science and Medicine at the Yale Graduate School, who is spending this semester as a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He has an M.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale and is a former graduate affiliate of Saybrook and Pierson Colleges.
  • Maximilian Kusch, of Berlin, who spent the fall semester of the 2001 academic year as a visiting research assistant in German Literature at the Yale Graduate School under the auspices of the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD).
  • Heidi Melsheimer (Yale School of Management ’93), who recently moved to Munich from New York to take up a position as the managing director of a company that deals in private equity and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Ulrich Volz (Yale Graduate School ’06), who was a Fox International Fellow at Yale in the 2005-2006 school year and has now returned to Berlin to complete his doctorate in economics.



Elijah Haltzel HaasIt’s a boy!

Hearty congratulations from all of us to Rebecca Haltzel-Haas (Yale College ’90, Timothy Dwight), on the birth of her third child (and third son) Elijah in Frankfurt on October 24. At birth, this little dude weighed 6 lbs. 12.8 oz. (that’s 3.09 kg for you metric types) and measured 19.7" (50 cm) tall. Or maybe we should say 19.7" long, since he isn’t doing a lot of standing yet. Anyway, we’re hoping that Elijah will be one of the first members of Yale College’s Class of 2027 from Germany. Meanwhile, proud papa Rudolph and brothers Nathaniel and Jacob are delighted with the new addition to their family.





Yale launches lecture archive on iTunes

Vincent Scully

Popular History of Art professor emeritus Vincent Scully is among the eminent Yale professors whose lectures are now available for downloading.

An audio archive of free podcasts (downloadable audio files) featuring University faculty and distinguished visitors to Yale speaking on a wide range of topics is now available through Apple's iTunes website.

The Yale podcast series debuted on iTunes recently with a score of public talks and interviews featuring members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professors from the Schools of Architecture, Law, Medicine, Management and Forestry & Environmental Studies, as well as visiting speakers.

Among the Yale faculty featured on the University's initial collection of podcasts are art historian Vincent Scully, political scientist Ian Shapiro, historian John Gaddis, skin cancer expert Dr. David Leffell, Peabody Museum director Michael Donoghue, geneticist Tian Xu and MacArthur "genius" grant recipient Lisa Curran. Visitors to Yale featured on podcasts include former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright and alumnus Bob Woodward, the award-winning political journalist.

The podcasts range in length from 10 minutes to 90 minutes and include panel discussions, informal interviews, public lectures, and broadcasts from Yale's Healthline radio program. More podcasts will be added regularly to Yale's offerings on iTunes.

The recordings are free and can be played on any computer, as well on any iPod or MP3 player. For additional information, click here.




New Catholic center to open next month

The Thomas E. Golden CenterIn our recent updates on renovations and new construction across the Yale campus, we neglected to include one major project which will be dedicated early next month: a $24-million student center for the university’s Catholic community adjacent to the Chapel of St. Thomas More on Park Street, behind Davenport and Pierson Colleges. Although not an official University project, the privately financed complex is being seen as a major asset for campus life. Designed by the eminent architect Cesar Pelli, the new facility — to be named the Thomas E. Golden Center in recognition of a generous donation from Thomas Golden Jr. (Yale College '51) — will include a library, a dining hall, a meditation room, seminar rooms, and a 450-seat lecture hall.

The 30,000-square-foot center is meant to serve a need for greater resources at the chapel, whose staff report that Catholic life at Yale is flourishing as perhaps never before. The new student center will incorporate an Italian-style campanile complete with working bells (photo) as an ingenious way of disguising an elevator tower. Grand opening ceremonies are scheduled for December 1–3.

For more information, visit the website of St. Thomas More; for an article from last year’s Yale Daily News on the overall project, click here.





Yale wins Ivy League title in football

Yale Bulldogs triumph at HarvardBehind a relentless defense and an opportunistic offense, the Yale Bulldogs claimed a share of the Ivy League championship with a 34-13 win over Harvard last Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. The win, Yale’s first over the Crimson since 2000, capped a remarkable season and gave Yale its 14th Ivy title, which this year it shares with Princeton; both teams finished at the top of the league with 6-1 records.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” said senior wide receiver Chandler Henley, the team captain. “Last game, beat Harvard, win the Ivy League championship. I’m proud of this team.” The 21-point win was Yale's largest margin of victory over Harvard in 25 years. More about the game is available at the Yale University Athletics website.


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).