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March 2011




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From the editor

As most international groups, the Yale community has felt the effects of the disaster in Japan. While reportedly all Yale students, faculty and staff in Japan have been accounted for, no doubt many friends and family of Yale community members are directly affected. If you would like to contribute to Yale’s relief efforts, please go to

We were also saddened by a great individual loss in the passing away of Prof. Cyrus Hamlin of the German department. More below.

For those of you who have not heard yet, Yale has secured another No. 1 ranking – in Ice Hockey. After last weekend’s win in the ECAC championship game, Yale is now seeded No. 1 overall in the 2011 NCAA tournament. According to unsubstantiated rumors, bookies have reported record losses as droves of Yale hockey fans have been spotted driving new BMW’s around campus.

The YCG facebook group is continuing to grow. If you haven’t joined yet, please consider doing so, as sometimes there are events posted there at short notice for which the newsletter not quite so effective.

Contributions to the YCG are still welcome – please consider making YCG part of your giving budget this year (German tax deductible!).  It’s not as difficult as it sounds, as you will see at the very bottom of the newsletter.

From Stuttgart with lots of Yale spirit,

Lutz Berners BK’99








Upcoming dates & events

Beschreibung: Beschreibung: YCG Stammtisch

March 25: Stammtisch in Frankfurt


Friday March 25




Fidelio Weinkeller (across the street from Alte Oper)


no reservation is needed – Laura Sprague


April 29: Stammtisch in Frankfurt (note that this is a week later than normal, due to Good Friday)


Friday April 29




Fidelio Weinkeller (across the street from Alte Oper)


no reservation is needed – Laura Sprague















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Yale Club of Germany News

Yale Professor Emeritus Cyrus Hamlin passed away in New Haven on January 19, 2011. A devoted teacher and a shaper of German literature studies and instruction at Yale, Prof. Hamlin was a lifelong champion of interdisciplinary study and team teaching. Among the many honors bestowed on him was an invitation to lecture at Heidelberg’s 800 year anniversary. He was also a good friend to many of our members. Please take a moment to honor this great scholar and contributor to the German community at Yale by reading his obituary in the Yale Bulletin (click here).


The Whiffenpoofs’ 2011 European tour is taking shape. Writes Whiffenpoofs Tour Manager Matthew Kroon: “Each year, the Whiffenpoofs embark on a three-month-long journey around the world, and we would love to work with the Yale Club of Germany on the European leg of our tour.  We believe a collaboration has the potential to further the interests of Yale and its alumni abroad.  The Whiffenpoofs will be in Germany from July 29th until August 5th, 2011, but the dates of our visit are subject to change, so be sure to let us know if your schedule is better served by other dates.”  Schloss Wartin is under consideration for a performance.  Please contact David Ilten SY’60 if you have additional ideas for performance locations.


New YCG arrivals – Welcome!


Since we started our facebook page, a few dozen new members have joined.  Listing everybody here would go beyond the scope of the newsletter.  So… a communal warm welcome to our newcomers!
















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Yale in the German News

Editor’s note: Technically, not all of these are media reports – some are blogs or institution websites.  Basically, anything that is interesting and that is published in Germany or in German qualifies.  So please feel free to submit anything that you think will be interesting for our members.



Yale alum at cutting edge of archaeology in Germany


Prof. Nicholas Conard of Tübingen University, who also studied at Yale, is creating a stir in the archaeological community with his research on prehistoric art. His discoveries include the oldest known depiction of a person: a 40,000 year-old ivory sculpture of a woman. He focuses his work on the Schwäbische Alb region near Tübingen.


Source: Südewest Presse, January 03, 2011 - link to full article



Yale research result influences German vaccine recommendations


In a recent article in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Yale researcher Eugene Shapiro showed that the effectiveness of one versus two doses of chickenpox (varicella) disease. With two doses, the effectiveness reaches over 98 per cent; with one dose, the effectiveness is only 86 per cent. German magazine Focus reported on these findings in January; as a major opinion former, Focus greatly influences popular attitudes toward important topics such as preventive medicine.


Source: Focus Online, January 6, 2011 – link to full article



Smuggled manuscripts at Beinecke Library?


In 2011, Italy will hold nationwide events to commemorate Giorgio Vasari, who coined the term “Rennaissance” and is credited by some experts as the founding father of the discipline of art history. Large parts of the 16th century intellectual genius’s work are unaccounted for and seem to be at the center of a smuggling scandal. During the investigations regarding a planned sale of protected manuscripts from Italy to Russia, attention has also been called to a potentially problematic collection at Yale. The so-called “Spinelli Archive,” which Yale acquired in 1988, contains more than 150,000 pages of Vasari’s correspondence.  


Source: F.A.Z., January 10, 2011 – link to full article



“Tiger Mom” controversy reaches Germany


Yale Professor Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom now also makes waves in Germany. An intense public discussion about whether Germany’s education approach is too lenient is now taking place.


Source: ZEIT Online, January 27, 2011 – link to full article



Yale Carilloners tour Europe


The Yale Carilloners made a stop in Emmerich on their current tour of Europe. Among the current group is Vera Wünsche, a Yale student from Berlin.


Source: RP Online, March 10, 2011 – link to full article




















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Yale Club of Germany info

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
Lutz Berners (Yale College ’99)
Tel. 0176 6218 9687 (Stuttgart)

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!

Facebook: Please subscribe to our Yale Club of Germany facebook group for up-to-date event information.

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 Lutz 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).