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10 November 2008

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ILF get-togetherFriday 21 November:
get-together in Frankfurt

The Institute for Law and Finance (ILF) in Frankfurt, which is run by our very own Raphaela Henze (Yale Law School ’03), is cordially inviting all Yale alumni to come to an informal get-together celebrating its new premises on Friday evening, November 21. This will be the monthly gathering for the Yale family in Frankfurt this month.

This will be a great time of fellowship where we can all network with fellow Yalies, ILF students and alumni, and with alumni of Columbia Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, who are also being invited.

The ILF is a public-private partnership founded in 2002 by Frankfurt's Goethe University and leading institutions in the legal and financial sectors. It offers international and interdisciplinary training in these fields for lawyers and senior executives in Germany and worldwide. It also has an active research team preparing working papers and publications, particularly in the areas of German and international securities and company law, corporate finance, and banking law on a regular basis. (For more on the ILF, click here.)

Food and drinks will be provided, and all attendees will have a chance to enjoy a guided tour the ILF’s new premises at the House of Finance.


Friday 21 November.


7 p.m.


House of Finance
Campus Westend, Grüneburgplatz 1
60323 Frankfurt (see Google map here; this is less than a 10-minute walk from Holzhausenstrasse station on the U-Bahn’s U1, U2, or U3 lines)


To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Raphaela Henze (Yale Law School ’03) as soon as you can, or if possible by the end of this week (November 14).


Everyone is welcome. Come and meet friends old and new!




Max & MoritzFriday 28 November:
get-together in Berlin

There seems to have been an explosion of the Yale community in Berlin since this past summer, and we’re planning an informal get-together at the end of this month so that everybody can meet and catch up. Bring all those Yale friends you’ve been running into over the past few months — the more the merrier!

Thanks to Leslie Kuo (Yale ’03 JE) for making the arrangements, and for doing such a good job of tracking down so many of our new Yale Clubbers in and around Berlin.


Friday 28 November.


7 p.m.


The historic old pub Max & Moritz in Kreuzberg. This is a well-known cozy place for drinks, but the food is great, too. When you get there, ask for the Yale Club group.


Oranienstrasse 162, 10969 Berlin (tel. 030 695 15911); this is within easy walking distance of Moritzplatz station on the U-Bahn’s U8 line or Kottbusser Tor station on the U1 line.


To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Leslie Kuo (Yale ’03 JE) so that she’ll know how big a table to reserve. When you write her, be sure to put the word “Yale” somewhere in the subject line of your e-mail so that she gets it.


Everyone is welcome. Come and meet friends old and new!





A warm welcome to a dozen new Yale Club members, who’ve either recently arrived or whom we’ve only learned of since the last newsletter.

Apologies that we know more about some of you than others, but for now it seemed more important to welcome everybody that we’ve heard about!

  • Cameron Abadi (Yale College ’05 JE, Graduate School ’06), a Berlin-based reporter for the Associated Press and writer for other publications.
  • Summer Banks (Yale College ’08), who is studying and working in the performing arts in Berlin.
  • Mark Bruce (Yale College ’79), who is active in the opera scene in Hamburg.
  • Agnes Coakley (Yale College ’08 SY), who is teaching English in Berlin.
  • Felisa Funes (Yale School of Art ’08), in Berlin.
  • Joshua Kleinfeld (Yale College ’01, Law School ’06), who is studying international and comparative criminal law at the University of Frankfurt while working in the Frankfurt office of a law firm.
  • Alexis Knowlton (Yale School of Art ’08), in Berlin.
  • Patrick McElnea (Yale School of Art ’08), in Berlin.
  • James McSpadden (Yale College ’08), who is studying in Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship.
  • Jennifer Nelson (Yale Graduate School ’11), a graduate student in the History of Art department, who is currently studying in Berlin.
  • Mira O'Brien (Yale School of Art ’08), in Berlin.



Interview season begins; you’re needed!

Yale campusWith the Early Action application deadline of November 1 just past, the annual interviewing season has begun. Which means that our intrepid Alumni Schools Committee director, David MacBryde (Yale College ’64 BK), is now actively seeking Yale alumni all over Germany willing to interview local high school students who are applying to enter Yale College next September as members of the Class of 2013.

In recent years the number of German students applying to Yale has been growing. Last year may have been something of a record, with 68 applicants from Germany and five students accepted, all of whom are currently at Yale for their freshman year.

Interviews are fun, and they are a good way to stay in touch with both Yale and local students. If you volunteer, you’ll be given guidelines on how to conduct an interview and how to write it up afterward. The interview can be held anywhere mutually agreeable to you and the student. A typical session lasts 30-45 minutes, with another 20-30 minutes required for write-up, which you can upload back to Yale through the Office of Undergraduate Admission’s website.

If you’re interested, please send David an e-mail to let him know. He’ll appreciate it.




New book from Yale World Fellow

Energy SecurityThose of you with long memories may recall that Sascha Müller-Kraenner, a 2005 Yale World Fellow from Germany, published a book last year on energy security based on the research he did during his time at Yale. The book, Energie Sicherheit: die neue Vermessung der Welt (Energy Security: the New Survey of the World), was initially available only in a German edition — but, as reported in the Yale Club newsletter of 4 September 2007, an English-language version was planned for release the following year. Well, that English-language version is now here.

It’s entitled, fittingly enough, Energy Security. In it, Sascha reviews the security implications of energy policies being pursued by the United States, Russia, China and other global powers, and he offers a geopolitical perspective on the importance of environmentally safe energy resources. The book, which was released in September, has received rave reviews. Neues Deutschland describes it as “Accessible and exciting... the first truly objective examination of the relationship between resource scarcity, security and ecological destruction.”

Energy Security is available by mail order through its British publisher, EarthScan. For a PDF flyer that describes the book’s contents and includes an order form that you can print out and send in, click here. The original German version is still available through Amazon.de and local bookstores.

Sascha, who was introduced in the Yale Club newsletter of 14 June 2005, currently serves as the senior policy advisor and European representative for the Nature Conservancy. He is also a partner at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and a lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance.




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. Meanwhile, thanks to those who have contributed recently!

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).