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AAUPW is a private organization based in Munich, Germany for American and other English-speaking women graduates of an American accredited college or university.

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In addition to our monthly program meeting, which features a guest speaker and a lively discussion, we offer a variety of other monthly events and activities.

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Recent & Upcoming Events

‘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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Upcoming Events in the Community

Community Events: November - December

MING Events for November

Linda Jo Rizzo is again celebrating this year’s Thanksgiving with special “Turkey and the Trimmings” dinners on both 23rd November (i.e. the actual US Thanksgiving) and at the MING event on 24th November at Der Alter Wirt Restaurant from 1900-2330.  While the official MING event is on the 24th, you are welcome to sign up for either (or both?).

 Tuesday, 28th November – In tandem with the Glockenbachwerkstatt and Landeshauptstadt München, Thrive International is hosting their 3rd Annual #GivingTuesday event.  Over 20 local organizations and social startups will introduce themselves as part of a market place, and there will be a very special fundraising auction (with the proceeds going completely to good causes).

Included in the presenting groups is the Table for Two (TFT) initiative that focuses on providing funding for school lunches for children in areas highly impacted by hunger while promoting meals that provide high nutrition while reducing or preventing obesity.

Friday, December 1st through Sunday, December 3rd – M Jive is holding their 7th Annual Munich Modern Jive Dance Weekender here in Munich.  This is a great program for MING members to advance their dance/music interests and to develop their dance skills.  Let’s jive!

Art exhibit and book reading for kids!

Lena Hesse is one of Germany’s up-and-coming author / illustrators and her artwork will be on display at the Pelkovenschlössl in Moosach in November. At the Vernissage, you’ll not only be able to see her work, but also meet the artist and watch a video that shows how she creates her illustrations from the sketch to the finished work. Plus there will be appetizers and wine.

Kids are welcome to join her for a trilingual reading (German, English and Turkish) of her story “A Box of Nothing” followed by a mini art workshop with Lena.

Vernissage: Friday, Nov. 10, 7 – 9 PM
Exhibit: Nov. 11th – 17th (check the opening hours of the Schlössl on their website!)
Reading: Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 – 3:30 PM
: Kultur- und Bürgerhaus Pelkovenschlössl, St.-Martins-Platz 2 (Moosach!), 80992 München

STAGE KISS by American playwright Sarah Ruhl

Entity Theatre – English-language theater in Munich
Nov. 23 – 26 and Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2017 at 7:30pm

Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. “Stage Kiss” is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one.

“Sarah Ruhl delivers a brilliant comedy that aims for big laughs and hits its target. Funny: There’s nothing like it.”   – New York Post

Sarah Ruhl has received numerous award for her plays, which have been produced both on and off Broadway as well as regionally all over the country and internationally. To date, her plays have been translated into twelve languages. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University. She won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006, and most recently, the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. She was the recipient of the PEN Center Award for a mid-career playwright, the Whiting Writers award, the Feminist Press’s Forty under Forty award, and a Lilly Award. She is currently on the faculty at Yale School of Drama. Her book of essays on the theater and motherhood, “100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write,” was a Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.


 Please note new venue, near Harras : 
Kulturzentrum GOROD
Hansastrasse 181
81373 Munich
(U6, busses, trains)

For Tickets and more information: www.entitytheatre.com
EUR 18 (concessions: EUR 12) + online booking fee

American Drama Group

The American Drama Group Europe – Founded during 1978 in Munich and led by AGBC Munich member Grantly Marshall, the ADGE’s goal is to perform high quality theatre in as many countries in the world as possible.  Today the organization’s reach includes many countries in Europe and Asia, and it is now making a Pan-European tour.  The actors come from New York, London and Paris (in 1985 French performances were added to our repertoire) where the productions are cast and directed. The plays performed include American, British and French classic and modern dramas.  Grantly and the American Drama Group team have a wonderful scope of theater production pieces coming our way during the next 6 months. Here two performances before the end of 2017.

My Sister Syria (Thriller – Immigration and the Roots of Terrorism) by Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith, in English.  Monday, 4th Dec through Thursday, 7th Dec (1100 and 1930) – Theater LEO 17, Leopoldstr. 17, 80802 Munich.  Entry Cost Eur 23 or advance purchase including fee for the Abendkasse Eur 28 (Students 14).

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, in English.  Wednesday, 13th Dec (1100), Monday 18th Dec through Thursday, 21 Dec (1100 ad 1930), and Friday, 22 Dec (0900 and 1930) – Kulturzentrum Gasteig München, Carl-Orff-Saal, Rosenheimerstr. 5, 81667 Munich.  Entry Cost Eur 23 or advance purchase including fee for the Abendkasse Eur 28 (Students 15).

Coming in 2018: Romeo and Juliet, and Fahrenheit 451.  Further details are available at www.adg-europe.com

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Egalia’s Daughters, The History of Bees, The Founding Gardeners . .

Book Club - Fall 2017

October – Egalia's Daughters

Egalia’s Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes by Gerd Brantenberg.

An interesting thought-provoking satire on gender roles and in particular the fortunes of one “masculinist” boy who tries to fight against the oppression of his gender. It’s an upside-down society, in which men are repressed and taken advantage of, and women have all the power.

November – The History of Bees

The History of Bees, A Novel by Maja LundeThe History of Bees book cover

In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.   England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.   United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation…


The Founding Gardeners

The Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation created an American Eden by Andrea Wulf.

The follow up to the award-winning and critically acclaimed history of British gardening, this is the story of how George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison’s passion for nature, plants, agriculture and gardens shaped the birth of America. The Founding Gardeners offers a fascinating look at the revolutionary generation from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers.

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See what books we’ve discussed in the past by visting the book club section of our news page. For more information about upcoming book club meetings, contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de
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