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May Elections

Program Meeting - May 2019

Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30 PM
The May Program Meeting is a closed event 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 event, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

We will be holding our annual AAUPW Board elections during our May program meeting! Please take some time to think about joining the board with your special time and talent! We need people for GirlsNightOut, the Program Committee, IMMA and SichereWiesen!

Some members have held positions for several years and would be willing to step aside or shift if someone else would like to volunteer. New people mean new ideas, larger resources, and greater energy!

You may nominate a fellow AAUPW member for a particular position, or volunteer for one of the board positions yourself.  All nominations or offers should be sent to the Club President

Before the election, each nominee will be asked to introduce herself and say a few words in support of her own nomination. Board members start their term in August and stay in office until the end of July of the following year. The board meets every 3 months to discuss various items and the future of the club. Board members should be prepared to give approximately 2 -hours of their time per month to the club.

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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

 

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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.

LValerie 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

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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

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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

 

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ElderCare from Abroad: An AAUPW Panel discussion

Program Meeting - November 2018

Wednesday, November 21st at 6:30 PM

Imagine this…
Your 80 year old mom lives across the ocean, alone.  You’re busy with your career and family in Munich.  Your siblings are scattered across the country.  One day you get a call – your mom has fallen and broken her hip.  Your siblings report that her desk is piled high with unpaid bills and collection notices.   You thought something like this might happen someday but you weren’t ready for it.

Has this happened to you, or are you worried it might? Join us for a panel discussion to learn how to help prepare yourself. Hear how others have managed eldercare from abroad. Learn from their experience and from their mistakes.

The panel encourages you to send questions in advance to: lynda.sagrestano@gmail.com

Lynda Sagrestano
Moderator
Elizabeth d'Elsa
Elyse Bühler
Meg Engelmann
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
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Advances in Reconstructive Spinal Surgery

Program Meeting - October 2018

Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30 PM

Our speaker for October is Professor Bronek Boszczyk, the new Head of Spinal Surgery at the Benedictus Krankenhaus in Tutzing, formerly Visiting Professor and Clinical Associate Professor at Nottingham University Hospitals in the fields of research, Orthopedic and Accident Surgery. Since 2003, his has worked exclusively on spinal surgery, with a focus on the complex reconstructive surgery of the adult and pediatric spine, due to deformity and tumours of the spine. He will speak on advances in reconstructive spinal surgery techniques starting with general information and including measures for prophylaxis. Of interest to us all is the question of why and when such operations are necessary.

Professor Boszczyk  did his Medical training in Germany with electives spent in South Africa and USA. He has been involved in anatomical research of the spine since medical school under the mentorship of Professor R Putz, of the renowned Anatomical Institute of the LMU Munich, which led to a dedicated interest in the field of spinal disorders. His postgraduate training was divided between Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery with a focus on spinal surgery. His resident training was in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1998, under mentorship of Professor M. Mayer in Munich. Neurosurgical training was completed in 2003, under the mentorship of Dr. Jaksche of the Murnau Trauma Centre in Bavaria. In addition he has served numerous fellowship posts, positions and professorships at hospitals and clinics specializing Spine Surgery.
For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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Summer Break

Program Meeting - July & August 2018

There is no Program Meeting in July or August, but we will be meeting informally at a Biergarten each month weather permitting.

Our first meeting in the Fall will be Wednesday, September 19th, when we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary! Be sure to save the date and join us for the festivities.

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