October 2019

Program Meeting - October 2019

Everyone attending our Program Meeting on Wednesday, October 16th  was fascinated by our speaker Ann Marie Ackermann and her presentation of her book 'Death of an Assassin'.  Ann Marie presented the murder, the criminal case, the forensic evidence and left us hanging! She was amazing - pacing back and forth, as if we were the jury.  The only thing left for us to do was to buy her book!  Enjoy!

Gloria Coates speaks to Valerie Errante

Program Meeting - March 2019

Wednesday, March 20th

Only an opera singer could interview a composer of modern classical music so well. AAUPW members attending our program meeting were treated to a personal interview with Gloria Coates, conducted by Dr. Valerie Errante, who herself is a opera singer, music teacher and voice teacher.  The conversation provided deep insights into Gloria's relationship with music and better understanding of her attitude towards her music. It also highlighted her achievements and placed them in the context of a woman working in a male-dominated field.  Thank you Gloria and Valerie, for this glimpse into your world!

 

Claudia Clark author of MY PARTNER, MY FRIEND

Program Meeting - April 2019

Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 PM

April’s speaker will be Claudia Clark, author of MY PARTNER, MY FRIEND The Relationship between U.S President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. The book explores how the relationship between Barack Obama and Dr. Angela Merkel evolved from one of extreme apprehension to one of deep friendship and a partnership that captivated the world, and why their partnership is so important to today’s world leaders – the transformation of their relationship exemplifies how it is possible for political adversaries to establish a bond of trust, respect, and even friendship.

Clark received her BA in History and Public Policy from Michigan State University, where she served as President of the College Democrats and was active in Amnesty International, NOW, and Pro-Choice groups. She holds an M.A. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Masters in U.S. History with an emphasis on women’s history from San Jose State University, and an MSW from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in Community Organizing.

Clark has worked on numerous political and social justice campaigns, including serving as a campaign manager for a school bond measure for the South San Francisco Unified Schools Campaign; a community organizer with ACORN; a field organizer for the South Bay Labor Organization, San Jose, CA; and a field organizer for the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy families. Her volunteerism includes many Democratic Party organizations, NAACP groups, Planned Parenthood affiliations, and Toastmaster’s International.

Clark and her husband recently moved from San Jose, California, to Landshut, Bavaria, Germany where she was recently elected as the national, Get OutThe Vote Coordinator (GOTV) with the Democrats Abroad Germany Chapter. She is currently conducting research for her next book about West German families who were separated by the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Website: claudiaclarkauthor.com

For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, check out How to Join or contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

 

Interview with Gloria Coates

Program Meeting - March 2019

Wednesday, March 20th at 6:30 PM

Please join us for an exciting evening of music with member and composer Gloria Coates at our March meeting! Member Valerie Errante, a professional Soprano, will interview Gloria about her life and her career, including playing clips from her symphonies.

 Gloria Coates was born in Wausau, Wisconsin and began composing at an early age, winning a national composition contest at the age of fourteen. She studied at Louisiana State University and at Columbia University in New York, earning a number of degrees, including a Master of Music in Composition with post graduate studies. While maintaining a residence in the United States, Gloria has lived in Europe since 1969, devoting her time primarily to composition. She organized the German-American Music Series in Munich from 1971-1984 , presented the results of her experiments with multiphonic vocal technique at the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music in 1972, and founded the music program for the University of Wisconsin's Semester Abroad in 1975. She has lectured on American music, written musicological articles, and wrote and broadcast radio programs on American music for the German radio. Her breakthrough as a composer came with the premier of "Music on Open Strings" (1973) at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 1978. This same work was performed in the Musica Viva Series of the Bavarian Radio in Munich in 1980 (the first orchestral composition by a woman to be performed in the 35 years of the series), and was one of the 10 finalists for the International Koussevitzsky Award in 1986. She was invited to the First Festival for New Music- Moscow in 1981, and lectured on her music at Harvard in 1984. Gloria has composed works for orchestra (including 14 symphonies), vocal music with piano and orchestral accompaniment, numerous chamber music works for two to nine instruments (including 8 string quartets), solo instrumental pieces, choral works, electronic, and music for the theatre.

Valerie Errante is Associate Professor Emerita of Voice at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she taught from 1997-2015, serving as the chair of the voice area from 2000-2015, teaching studio voice, lyric diction, vocal pedagogy, and directing the UWM Opera Theater. Dr. Errante holds a D.M.A. from The Eastman School of Music and served as Associate in Voice in the Community Education Division of that school. She has also taught at the University of Iowa (1996-97), the Folkwang Hochschule für Musik in Essen, Germany (1991-92), and at Northern Michigan University (1979-81). She began her European career in the Opern Studio of the Bayerisches Staatsoper, followed by several seasons as leading Coloratura soprano at the opera house in the city of Kiel, where she sang over 30 operatic roles. She has been a guest in opera and concert works throughout Germany, in Italy, Israel, and Estonia, as well as her home-town of Rochester, New York, in Detroit, Dayton, Iowa City, and Washington, DC. She has sung with the Rochester Oratorio Society, the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She has recorded under the direction of Giuseppe Patané on Ariola/Eurodisc. A solo CD of both the Art Songs and the popular songs of fellow Rochesterian, the late Alec Wilder, which was issued on Albany Records in October 2000 to spendid reviews. A CD of American song, Songs of Love and Longing, recorded together with Jeffry Peterson was released in July 2008, also on Albany Records. As an author, she is represented by two articles and an edition of Selected Songs of the Munich School: 1870-1920, published by A-R Editions in 2010. Since her retirement in August 2015, she has lived in München where she is care-giver for her mentor and close friend, Rita Loving. She is a member of Hands Gallery, a cooperative for hand-made artistic goods. Her label Pudel Design features hand knitted and sewn articles (for people) but she will happily take on commissions for animals as well!

For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, check out How to Join or contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

Equal Rights Amendment

Help Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Thank you to all that wrote postcards and participated in the Women’s March.   Here’s another request.

There are now bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House to remove the deadline in the ERA preamble.  Note that although the ERA deadline does not appear to be constitutional, it could save time in court if Congress were to remove the deadline.  Please contact your 2 Senators and your Representative to support these bills. Here are links to look up your Congress members and what you can write in a simple email -  Senators and U.S. Representative. This will take less than 10 minutes and can help women have equal rights in the U.S. Constitution (like 85% of all countries).

Also, if you are from one of the 13 unratified states (AL,AR,AZ,FL,GA,LA,MS,MO,NC,OK,SC,UT,VA) please contact your state Senate and House representatives to support ERA.

There’s lots of information on www.democratsabroad.org/era.  This is really a women’s issue, not a partisan issue – and supported by our “parent” organization AAUW.  Feel free to contact Shari at ( era@democratsabroad.org ) with any questions and offers to help.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performs Gloria Coates

Concert featuring works of member Gloria Coates

Women Composer Gloria Coates (who also happens to be a fellow AAUPW member) was recently featured in a concert in Scotland which aired on the BBC Radio Saturday, January 12th . The program called "Hear and Now," featured three symphonies written and composed by Gloria and performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Ilan Volkov.  It is rare to have the entire concert devoted to one person, especially rare is a woman composer, because of this, it was a very big honor for Gloria. Gloria will be our speaker (interviewed by Valerie Errante).at our March meeting,

Do not miss your chance to hear her! The concert featuring three of her symphonies will be airing for one more week on the internet...Go to: BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now!

 

Cyberbullying at Schools – Particularities & Explanation Patterns

Program Meeting - February 2019

Wednesday, February 20th at 6:30 PM

Our speaker this month will be Ruth Festl from the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, the German Research Center for Environmental Health. She will elucidate on the particularities of Cyberbullying, making this phenomenon one of the major concerns of adolescents growing up in the digitized world today. She will present selected findings of her longitudinal research project, "Cyberbulling at Schools," focusing on the ambivalent role of adolescents who are often perpetrators and victims at the same time.

Bio:
Since January 2018. Ruth Festl is working as a postdoctoral researcher in Social Media  Her research activities focus on the positive and negative aspects of the use and effects of social media and online communication especially in regard to children and adolescents. She studied education at LMU Munich and received her doctorate in 2014, from Univ. of Münster, with a dissertation on  Cyberbullying perpetration. For the last eight years she has worked on various projects for European Research Council, DFG or German Research foundation and German Youth Institute focusing on children, adolescents, families and media.

For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, check out How to Join or contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

Upcoming Events in February 2019

US Expat Tax Survey - Submissions until Sunday, February 3, 2019

Attention European-based American Payers of US Taxes - US Non-Resident Taxation

The overseas organizations of the major US political parties have long been concerned about the U.S. non-resident taxation policies.  Both parties are continually involved in various related initiatives. Democrats Abroad (DA) has launched its 2019 Non-Resident Taxation Research Project to generate information that they can use to advocate for reforms to relieve the burden of tax, banking, financial account reporting, securities and other laws that discriminate against Americans living abroad.  Republicans Overseas has similar efforts underway.

If U.S. non-resident taxation is applicable to you, please contribute your inputs by filling out this questionnaire.  open for submissions until midnight US EDT on Sunday February 3, 2019.

It is a lengthy questionnaire (takes about 15 minutes to complete), but you should only be presented with questions relevant to your situation, as specified in your responses.  The survey is anonymous.  All questions are optional.

Please share this email with other Americans abroad impacted by U.S. tax obligations and/or share this link on your social media channels. Thank you for your support with this important research and the efforts to persuade Congress that urgent tax relief is essential.

Ben Rhoades – In the White House – The Years with Barack Obama

Friday, February 15, 2019 Amerika Haus Event (19:00 - 21:00)

Take part in an evening with Ben Rhodes. Obama’s speechwriter and one of his closest national security advisors for eight years.  Moderated by Ingo Zamperoni, this promises to be a fabulous behind-the-scenes look at the Obama years, as well as a discussion about Washington today, as he provides insights into the inner workings of U.S. politics today. Registration is necessary, and the seating limited (Room M218 at the LMU) https://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/detail/die-jahre-mit-barack-obama/ or or  https://en.xing-events.com/benrhodes

A Defense of Freedom: On the Rise of Authoritarianism Today – Lecture by Timothy Snyder

Thursday, February 28, 2019 (18:30-21:00) Amerika Haus Event

Yale’s Levin Professor of History and author Timothy Snyder will explain how anti-democratic forces have become a threat to democracy. Prof. Snyder will discuss his latest book, The Road to Unfreedom, Russia-Europe-America, a stunning chronicle on the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to Europe and America and a forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history. Registration is necessary: https://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/detail/a-defense-of-freedom-on-the-rise-of-authoritarianism-today-democracy-in-danger/ or https://en.xing-events.com/TimothySnyder.html

From Astronomy to Astrophysics

Program Meeting - January 2019

Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30 PM

Our guest speaker this month will be Dr. Christian Hummel. A staff astronomer with the European Southern Observatory since 2003, he spent four years in Santiago, Chile, before moving to Garching, Germany, in May 2007. In his talk he will demonstrate how astronomy, the science of the phenomena and motions of heavenly bodies, has become astrophysics, the science of the nature and interaction between everything which makes up our universe.
The recognition that the fundamental laws of physics apply everywhere in the universe is the basis for our ability to learn about how galaxies, the stars and their planets formed, and what more exotic objects lurk in the depths of the distant universe.
Before taking up his appointment at ESO, Dr. Hummel was an astronomer with the United States Naval Observatory. He took part in the  Optical Interferometer Project in 1991, as a research associate and conducted extensive observations using the Mark III Stellar Interferometer on Mt. Wilson (CA) and the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer at Lowell Observatory on Anderson Mesa (AZ). For more information about Dr Hummel and his work please refer to his bio: http://www.eso.org/~chummel/vita/vitae.html
For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, check out How to Join or contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

 

Women’s March Munich 2019

Help Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 2pm until 5pm

The board of AAUPW voted unanimously to participate in this years Women's March. We will be marching and carrying our banner with great pride. Below is information regarding the march. If anyone is interested in helping carrying the banner, please let me know. Lastly if anyone feels like they would like to speak at this event, please contact me, so we can let the sponsors organizing the event know ASAP.

Come join with us for the Women´s March Munich 2019. The 2018 vote brought us a historic 24% congressional woman serving in the 116th Congress. We are celebrating this land mark event! This is only a beginning… If you were one of the 1900 that previously joined us in January, you know how invigorating having each other's’ support is.

This year there is a petition if you support adding the ERA or Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to guarantee women all the rights men have… not just the one right to vote. Come and Sign the Equal Rights Amendment petition! Bring your friends and request the petition for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Valentine´s Day 2019.

WHEN
January 19, 2019 at 2pm - 5pm
WHERE: Geschwister-Scholl-Platz , Munich 80539, Germany - PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION!
Google map and directions
CONTACT: Patrick Oberlaender · DAG-Munich@democratsabroad.org