How Can You Hate Me When You Don’t Know Me?

Munich Dialogues on Democracy - Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Daryl Davis, Musician, Social Activist, Actor, and Lecturer

When: Tuesday, 8th October 2019 (1900-2100).

Where: Große Aula (Room E120), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München

Registration is obligatory: https://en.xing-events.com/klanwetalk.html

Entry: Free

Organizers: Munich Dialogues on Democracy Speakers Series, a co-operation with Amerika Institut (LMU) and the Amerikahaus.

Links: https://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/detail/klan-we-talk-how-can-you-hate-me-when-you-dont-even-know-me-lecture-by-daryl-davis/

https://www.dialoguesondemocracy.com/daryl-davis          

Daryl Davis will talk about his experiences as the first African-American author traveling the U.S. to interview KKK leaders and members. Opening remarks will be made by Bartley Grosserichter, head of Munich Dialogues for Democracy and Dr. Bärbel Harju of the Amerika-Institut (LMU) will serve as moderator.

Daryl Davis is a musician, actor, author, and lecturer.  He earned his BA in Music from Howard University and is an accomplished Blues, Rock'n'Roll, Country, and Jazz musician, touring regularly with his Daryl Davis Band.  He has worked extensively with Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, The Legendary Blues Band, and Percy Sledge, among others.

After a performance, 35 years ago, a man told Daryl Davis he had never seen an African-American man play piano like Jerry Lee Lewis. The man was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and he became a regular fan of Daryl’s. This led to Davis becoming the first African-American author to travel the country interviewing KKK leaders and members, all detailed in his book, Klan-Destine Relationships. This tour made him one of the unique race relations experts and activists today. He eventually became the recipient of robes and hoods from Klan members who came to rescind their beliefs after coming to know him.

Davis has appeared in the critically acclaimed TV show The Wire, as well as in many plays and movie roles.  He is the subject of the recent documentary Accidental Courtesy, which followed him around the U.S. documenting his meetings with KKK members, neo-Nazis, the Alt-Right movement, and other white supremacists.

This event is part of the Speakers Series "Munich Dialogues on Democracy", a cooperation between The Yale Club of Germany e.V. (Munich Chapter) and the Amerikahaus - Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations. This lecture is being made possible by a generous donation from the MIS Foundation.

Populism, Polarization and Corruption – How Can Western Democracy Survive?

Munich Dialogues on Democracy - Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 8 p.m.

The event is free, but registration is mandatory. Registration: https://www.xing-events.com/talkwithdavidfrum.html

Join us for an interactive conversation about the crisis of liberal democracy in Europe and America. How can we learn from past mistakes and controversies as well as current events in order to find solutions for both sides of the Atlantic?
David Frum is a writer at “The Atlantic” magazine and the author of the 2018 New York Times bestseller, Trumpocracy-The Corruption of the American Republic, his ninth book. From 2001-2002, he served as a special assistant and speechwriter to President George W. Bush during and after the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Frum is now working on his tenth book about how to renew the American world leadership after Trump.
He is a recognized intellectual leader of the American conservative movement and was one of the first and foremost conservative Republicans to sound the alarm about the challenge posed by the Trump presidency to U.S. global leadership, open international trade, and democratic institutions. His prophetic 2017 cover story in the Atlantic, How to Build an Autocracy, has been one of the most cited works of the Trump years.
Frum earned a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in history at Yale, then a Doctor of Law degree at Harvard, where he served as president of the Harvard chapter of the Federalist society. He also taught history at Yale from 1986-87.
Patrick Hamm is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the founder of Bulldog Agenda, a Berlin-based production company. A 2018 Berlinale Talents alumnus, he most recently completed Freedom for the Wolf, an epic investigation into the global rise of illiberal democracy, which took him to the front-lines of protest movements around the world. He is also the executive producer of the 2017 Documentary - Copwatch, which tells the true story of WeCopwatch, an organization dedicated to filming police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality.
Hamm earned a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale and then an MA and PhD in Sociology at Harvard, where he also taught until 2013.
This event is a part of the Munich Dialogues on Democracy Speakers Series, a cooperation between The Yale Club of Germany e.V. (Munich Chapter) and the Amerikahaus - Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations, in partnership with Café Luitpold.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 8 p.m.
Venue:
Café Luitpold
Brienner Str. 11
80333 Munich

American Citizens Abroad

Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad

Tax Legislation Reform: With April 16th coming up, many in the US are scrambling to do taxes. U.S. taxation law tends to be a burden to U.S. citizens living abroad, and it impacts many in unintended ways – from preventing us from opening bank accounts to doing online trading to having joint bank accounts with non-American spouses.  Some of our volunteers in Democrats Abroad have been working hard over the last two years to introduce the Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act.

For that purpose, they published a survey at the beginning of February – which many of you kindly filled out – so that they could identify and gauge the biggest issues Americans abroad have with taxation. If we want to get this bill into and through Congress, we have to be heard. So please call your members of Congress and make it clear how it would make a difference for you. Feel free to refer to the following the guide.  Updates from our team and the general timeline for tax reform in the 116th Congress can be found here.  For more information contact:infor@americansabroad.org.Washington, DC

Washington, DC - March 25, 2019

On March 13th and 14th, American Citizens Abroad (ACA) and American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation (ACAGF) hosted two webcasts updating the community on the recently introduced legislation, Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act (TFAA). Invited to speak at the webcasts were Matt Stross, Tax Counsel for Representative Holding, ACA Legal Counsel Charles Bruce and, several tax professionals (March 13 bios) (March 14 bios).

“ACA and ACAGF felt it important to have an update on the extensive work that Representative Holding’s office has been doing on this legislation and inform the community on next steps,” said Charles Bruce, ACA Legal Counsel and ACAGF Chairman. “Response to the webcasts has been very positive and the community has written ACA and ACAGF expressing how important it was for them to hear about this legislation from the Office of Representative Holding.  ACA will be working to make the content from these webcasts more widely available in the coming days,” added ACA Executive Director Marylouise Serrato. For full audio of both the March 13th and 14th webcasts click here

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.

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

 

Upcoming Events in December 2018

“Jetlag” at the Rationaltheater

November 29, 2018 and again in January 15,  16 and 17 2019
Einlass: 19:00 Uhr, Beginn: 20:00 Uhr,  Eintritt 20 Euro
Kartenreservierung: ticket@rationaltheater.de
Hesseloherstr. 18, 80802 München ; Tel: 089 335003

Austrian author and artist Roland Hagenberg describes in 21 acts how to deal with dementia –  from the point of view of a single mother in Munich and her son, who lives in Tokyo. Within a year, the mother suffers various stages of the illness, ranging from forgetfulness, denial and cover up to complete helplessness. The son regularly visits her. Every flight becomes a confrontation with himself. There are conflicts, reproaches, moments of despair and comfort.

“Jetlag” has autobiographical traits. Roland Hagenberg, who has been living in Japan for 25 year, describes not only the course of a deadly disease, but also a predicament of our time: “disproportionate distance,” as he calls it. “On the multicultural, interconnected, global level the world moves closer together. On the interpersonal it drifts apart. Conflicts arise within every family – at the latest when confronting old age, since sacrificing your time to care for parents puts your ability to compete at risk and therefore your income or even your own provision for old age in a market-oriented society.”

The recommendation of our fellow member Elizabeth who says, "the topic fits perfectly with the program meeting this month!  It is a small theater, but the various staging techniques were very effective and unusual.  I really enjoyed seeing it."

An English Advent Carol Serivce of Seven Carols and Seven Lessons

Samstag, 1. December 2018 at Klosterkirche St. Ottilien in Eresing at 3:30 p.m

The "Munich English Choir" offers a lovely Carol Service at Kosterkirche Arch-Abbey of St. Ottilien, their specialty being the singing of the English "Advent Carol Service" on the evening before the 1st Advent. The Christmas story is told from the foretelling of the prophets in the Old Testament and then the Annunciation to Our Lady in the New Testament up to the birth of Our Lord. Following each Lesson a Carol is sung by the choir, based on the text of the Lesson or a different advent text. The congregation then responds with a congregational carol, which is a hymn based on an Advent or Christmas text.

The "Munich English Choir" are semi-professional singers who have a passion for English choral music.  The choir was founded in 2010, by the English Organist and Choirmaster Stephen Norton and now has over 36 members. The choir recently returned from a very successful tour to England singing in Gloucester, Birmingham and Coventry cathedrals. St. Ottilien, is located about 40 km outside of Munich just west of the Ammersee near A96, also easily reachable by train or S-bahn. The same program will be held in St. Willibrord, Blumenstr. (Sendlinger Tor) on 19 December at 7 p.m.

Hands Gallery Holiday Cheer

Claudia Ziersch from 40 Stitches and Valerie Errante from Pudel Design invite you on December 1st between 10am and 4pm for a cozy get-together for the Christmas season. You can seek handmade Christmas gifts with advice while enjoying punch and cookies. Stop by - we look forward to seeing you!

Handel’s Messiah Open Sing

Sunday, December 9th 2018, 14:00-Church of the Ascension at 4 Seybothstraße, Munich

Join us to sing the Messiah with orchestra and soloists. Bring a score if you have one.

Christmas Carol Sing

Sunday, December 16th 2018, 14:00-Church of the Ascension, 4 Seybothstraße, Munich

Come and sing your favorite Christmas carols, sacred and secular with friends and family! A lovely way to celebrate the holiday spirit.

Both events held at Church of the Ascension, located at Emmauskirche Laurinplatz, Munich-Harlaching
Public Transport: Bus 139 to Autharistraße or Tram 15/25 to Authariplatz
Entrance is free; donations go to fund Church of the Ascension’s operating budget.

Sichere Wiesn Action – September 21st

Sichere Wiesen - a safer Octoberfest for girls and women!

Sichere Wiesen offers a safe haven at Octoberfest for girls and women from around the world.  Please help us to support it!

When: Friday, September 21st, 6 p.m., near Hauptbahnhof

Oktoberfest time is rolling around soon, and that means it’s time for the Sichere Wiesn action. Our job is to pass out flyers to local hotels and hostels just in time for Oktoberfest, so that female guests know about it. As usual, we’ll split up into small groups with Sichere Wiesn staff and distribute flyers to hotels in the city center.

For those of you who are new to AAUPW -- our club supports this valuable non-profit organization which provides a security point at the Oktoberfest grounds for women and girls who need help.  Please volunteer to help. It just takes a little more than an hour. See the Evite for more details and to sign up.

Thank you!
Kate Rodriguez
Sichere Wiesn Coordinator

ENTITY THEATRE presents…

English Theater in Westpark

Shakespeare’s Hamlet open-air at the Theatron in Westpark!

Presented by Entity Theatre, your local English-language theatre in Munich.  Adapted and directed by Conny Loder.

More at www.entitytheatre.com, including a link to the trailer and a map showing how to get to the Theatron from the U6 / Holzapfelkreuth.

When and Where:  July 12th  - July 15th  and July 19th – 22nd,  2018 playing each evening at 7 pm

Admission free. Show lasts about 1 1/2 hours. Bring something to sit on and maybe a picnic, also a jacket in case it cools off later.

 

 

Reading list for Spring

Book Club - Spring 2018

March - The Handmaid's Tail

The Handmaid's Tail by Margaret Atwood

A dystopian novel set in a near-future New England in a United States governed by a totalitarian theocracy, where women have absolutely no rights.[1] The Handmaid's Tale explores themes of women in subjugation to misogyny in a patriarchal society and the various means by which these women attempt to gain individualism and independence.

 

April - The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. [1] 1939: As the world goes to war, Alma Belasco's Polish parents send her to live in safety with relatives in San Francisco. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family's Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms. . . [2]

May - The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

In the novel, the Underground Railroad is chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.[1]  In Whitehead’s conception, the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor—but an actual railroad winding beneath the earth, as conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. A suspenseful tale of escape and pursuit, it combines elements of fantasy and the counter-factual with an unflinching, painfully truthful depiction of American slavery. [1]

Stay informed

Upcoming books are:The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics by John B. Judis,, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, and The Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

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

MVV-Stadtrallye

It's a Scavenger Hunt!

Saturday, May 5, 2018 (10:30 - 14:00)

3, 2, 1 ... and go! On Saturday, 5 May 2018, the MVV invites young and old to an exciting discovery tour of the city by taking part in the 16th annual Scavenger hunt. Whether alone, as a couple, with a few friends or as a family - quiz enthusiasts need nothing more than a single or group day pass. And with the right answers you may win a great prize! Says AAUPW president Jane, who has taken part in past Munich scavenger hunts “This is really a great, fun way to learn about this fabulous city we live in!” The tour takes about 2.5 hours, depending on how many breaks you take.

Questionaires are handed out on May 5th from 10:30 am to 2 pm at the MVV office on Isartor, Thierschstraße 2.

Answers sheets can be dropped off May 5th from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the MVV office on Isartor, Thierschstraße 2 for anyone wishing to take part in the winner's draw. Winners will be notified 1-2 days later.