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Program Meeting January 2018

The Genius of Dr. Seuss

Children’s Literature is often thought of as simple (even simplistic), formulaic, and not terribly demanding. For centuries academics have looked down on children’s literature and considered it unworthy of scholarly research. Using Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in The Hat” as an example, AAUPW member, literary scholar and children’s book publisher Kristy Koth will show us just how complex and multifaceted picture books can be. You probably have always loved Dr. Seuss. Now you’ll know why!

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


Women’s March on Saturday Jan 20

There will be a Women’s March on Saturday January 20 – beginning at 2:00pm at Siegestor, walking down Ludwigstr to Odeonsplatz and then on to Marienplatz for the conclusion.   If you were one of the 1500 that joined us last January, you know how invigorating it was to have each other’s’ support. Come join us again for a rally and get out the vote!

Democrats Abroad Munich is sponsoring and  coordinating the women’s march this year, and AAUPW has been asked to be one of the groups to participate.  This year we will be helping Americans marching REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOTS for 2018. Bring your friends along and request your absentee ballots.

If you have specific questions, feel free to email me @ shari_temple@yahoo.com. Post-march meet up will be at the Ratskeller for drinks, banter and absentee ballot request!



Upcoming Events in January 2018

Film Preview -"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

2017 Golden Globe Best Film winner "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" will be shown at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Bernd-Eichinger-Platz 1, 80333 München on Sunday, January 14th 2018.   It also scooped up awards for Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), and Best Screenplay.  This special showing of one of 2017's outstanding films has been organized by the Bavarian American Academy at Amerika Haus.  Details appear in the first attachment.  

 Tip: If you have reserved seats, please be sure to arrive not later than 1045.  
 Cost: Free admission but registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/billboardsAH

University Students seeking Internships

Internship Opportunities - are you able to help a university students seeking a suitable Praktikum or Internship position?

a.  New European College (NEC), Wolfsrathauser Strasse 84, 81379 München - Students are seeking internship positions for the period March through the end of July in the following business areas:  sales, marketing, corporate social responsibility, corporate communications, finance, human resources.
The NEC contact is Yana Immis - E-mail - yana.immis@new-european-college.com

b.  University of Cincinnati (via the Munich-Cincinnati Sister Cities Association) - Prof Gayle Elliott of the University of Cincinnati is seeking internship positions in Germany for 8 engineering students - 4 are majoring in biomedical engineering, the others in electrical, mechanical and aeronautical engineering.
The students are well-prepared for the international assignment. Before working in Germany they will have completed the following:
  • Three years of academic work in their engineering, business, design or architecture discipline.
  • Over 250 hours of German language and culture instruction.
  • Eight to twelve months of discipline-related work with an employer in the US.
The students are available to work in internships from 15.January – 17.August 2018. The contact person is Prof Gayle Elliott - E-mail:  elliotgg@ucmail.uc.edu

If you have ideas or channels for recommending appropriate internship assignments, please advise the indicated contact persons. 
ease note that I am already in contact with the management team at Bio-M in Martinsried on the biomedical engineers.  


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.  

A number of new performances are coming in 2018 including Fahrenheit 451. Further details are available
at www.adg-europe.com



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


Girls Night Out goes to the Theater

This Saturday the GNO ladies are going to  see STAGE KISS by Sarah Ruhl. This English language play is being performed by Entity Theater which is Munich’s international, English-language theatre group. According to the New York Times, the play is “…Suffused with warmth and humor. Sarah Ruhl frothily whips together romantic comedy and backstage farce in this lively comedy about a pair of actors…who find life and art mixing together when they rekindle an old romance during rehearsals for a play.”  Saturday’s performance is  sold out, but you can be put on a waiting.
the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stage-kiss-tickets-37001077218#tickets

 Entity Theater
Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 PM
Kulturzentrum GOROD Hansastraße 181
S-Bahn S7, U-Bahn – U6, Buses 53, 54, 130, 132, 134


An English Advent Carol Serivce

An Advent Service of Seven Carols and Seven Lessons

Samstag, 2. December 2017 at 15:30 at Klosterkirche St. Ottilien

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.


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.

Stay informed

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


‘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


Girls Night Out

Klezmer – Folk – Swing Ensemble ZIRKORON    
Saturday, November 11 at 8:00 PM
STEMMERHOF, Plinganserstr. 6,  81369 München
Join us for an evening of Klezmer Music with the ensemble Zirkoron!  Former AAUPW president Lena Bittl is the lead vocalist in this group which has been performing in Munich since 2010.  What is Klezmer music? According to Wikipedia, “Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. The genre originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations.” Lena said the last concert was sold out, so reserve early!!  We will also look for a bar/restaurant to have a drink together after the concert.
Your GNO Hosts,  Elizabeth and Polly

For reservations, go to: ars-musica ensemble zirkoron

Die Buslinie 53 hält direkt vor dem STEMMERHOF (Sendlinger Kirche).
Die Buslinie 132 und N41 (Margaretenplatz), sowie 54 und 134 (Harras) und auch die U-Bahn- und S-Bahnstation HARRAS (U3, U6, S7, S27, BOB) ist nur wenige Gehminuten entfernt.


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