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Program Meeting December 2017

Monthly Program Meeting

We have no formal meeting in the month of December due to our Holiday party- We'll meet again in January!

If you have recently joined our group, this is a nice event and a great way to meet other members of the group in the cheery holiday season. We look forward to enjoying each member's shared dish, playing games, donating gifts for the young ladies of IMMA (a ‘safe house’ for young women in Munich we support) and dancing the night away. 
This is a members only event. For more information, please see the member information news or your Evite.

For more information about AAUPW, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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‘Fat hatred should be banned’ says scholar

Program Meeting - November 2017

Fat Rights are Human Rights - Wednesday, November 15 at 18:30

This months speaker is American Dr. Cat Pausé, a Fat Studies scholar and activist from New Zealand, who studies the impact of fat stigma on the health & well-being of people.

"Fat hatred" should be banned just like racism or sexism, says the Massey University lecturer, a pro-fat scholar who argues that obesity isn't a health problem. "The war against fat" and "fat phobia" are much more damaging than carrying a few extra kilos or, in her case, a lot.

Her claims fly in the face of an obesity epidemic taking hold of the Western World. Governments are fighting health budget blowouts, hospitals are buying bigger beds and equipment, and airlines are charging travelers for their overflowing flab

But Dr. Pause, who has a PhD in human development, says it is "fattism" that should be feared, not expanding waistlines.

"If what we want is a healthier, happier country, then I think one of the ways we get there is by changing the way we talk about fatness, because ... it's not just all these fat people that have to live in a culture that openly hates them ... it's also about what that fat hatred does for non-fat people as well."

So whether it's young girls who are going on diets by age five, because they're terrified of being fat, or middle-aged women who would rather lose years off their life than gain five kilos, fat hatred is bad for people of all sizes, not just for fat people."

Dr. Pause’s work appears in scholarly journals, as well as online in The Huffington Post and The Conversation, among others. She is also involved in sociable scholarship; her work is highlighted in her social media presence, Friend of Marilyn, on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, and her blog. Her fat positive radio show, Friend of Marilyn, is travelling the world this year!

Excerpted from an article appearing online in: Stuff.co.nz. Read the full article at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/7256608/Fat-hatred-should-be-banned-scholar

For more information about being a guest at this months meeting, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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Fake News in Mainstream Media?

Program Meeting - October 2017

Fall Meeting - Wednesday, October 18 at 18:30

Illustration of "fake news" from 1894 by Frederick Burr Opper

Fake news as defined by Wikipedia is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media.[1] Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically, often with sensationalist, exaggerated, or patently false headlines that grab attention.[2]

Within seconds of the deadly Las Vegas attack, mainstream platforms such as Facebook and Google started circulating politicized fake news about who the Las Vegas shooter was in the latest example of fake news polluting social media amid a breaking news story. The flow of misinformation on Monday illustrated a particularly grim trend.
Sabine Wolf ,  a free-lance German journalist, author and moderator based in Munich, will be speaking to us about her perspective on fake news at our next meeting on October 18th. Ms. Wolf has worked for more than 20 years for German public television stations such as ARD and the Bayerische Rundfunk among others, as an investigative journalist and filmmaker with a focus on economy, finance and politics. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Bayerischen Fernsehpreis in 2012 and the Ernst-Schneider Preis in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Most recently she was recognized for her documentary about counterfeit medications for ARD.

For more information about being a guest at this months meeting, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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Welcome Back!

Program Meeting - September 2017

First Fall Meeting - Wednesday, September 20 at 18:30

It's our Welcome Back meeting!  We hope everyone had a lovely summer.  We look forward to seeing our fellow members and welcoming guests.

September marks the beginning of a new academic year - and the beginning of a new year in our club calendar. As is our custom, we have no formal speaker this month.  The evening will feature a special surprise, regular announcements, and plenty of time to meet new members and catch up with old members we haven't seen all summer.

For more information, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

 
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Our BISS Walking Tour

Program Meeting June 2017

A small group of members took part on the BISS walking tour last weekend,  which proved to be fascinating to say the least, says one member. Sadly the tour took place during the school break preventing many members from attending. Below a few pictures taken at Ost-Friedhof on St. Martins Strasse.

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Club Elections

Program Meeting - May 2017

The May Program Meeting is a closed event, which is open to members only due to our yearly club elections. There will be no speaker. 

For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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“What Makes a Good Life?” a TED Talk

Program Meeting - April 2017

Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30 PM

The topic of our April meeting is  "What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness," a TED talk by Harvard researcher Dr. Robert Waldinger, director of the Center for Psychodynamic Therapy and Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, a 75-year-long study on the lives of 724 adult men.

Dr. Waldinger is the fourth Director of the study, which is now following their wives (who said it’s about time!) and over 2000 children. The study has looked at the work, home lives (including intimate conversations with their wives) and health (including medical records) of a split group of men from one of Boston’s poorest neighborhoods and Harvard Sophomores.

For more information, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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Women’s March

Program Meeting - February 2017

Womens March FlyerAt this month's meeting, we will hear from a fellow member who will talk to us about her experiences at the Women’s March in Washington on Jan. 21, 2017. She took part with her mother, who has been involved in the women’s rights movement for years. " DC was amazing and I cannot wait to tell you all about it! It was such a tremendous experience."

Here in Munich we also had a fabulous turnout with 25 AAUPW members who marched Saturday and have their own experiences of this historic event to share as well. Afterwards, there will be ample time to see where the discussion leads us.

For more information, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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American Citizen Services Department

Program Meeting - January 2017

Please join us on January 18th at 6:30pm for a very informative evening with US State Department Vice Consul - Devin Cahill. Ms. Cahill will offer us an inside look into what happens in the American Consulate in Munich in terms of the American Citizen Services Department. This will be a great opportunity for you to ask any questions that you should have about being an American Citizen living abroad.

Ms. Devin Cahill is the American Citizen Services (ACS) Chief at the U.S. Consulate in Munich, Germany, where she is posted for two years. Her first tour was in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico where she worked in Non-Immigrant Visas, Immigrant Visas and American Citizen Services (ACS).

Ms. Cahill has a BA from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an MA from the Institute of Development Policy & Management at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois.

For more information, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de