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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

Upcoming Events in October

Amerika Haus Book Swap

Sunday, Oct. 8th, from 10:00 - 15:00 pm
Barerstr. 19a, Munich

The idea is to bring your books, exchange them for Book Swap Coupons. Use these to swap other books. More info at www.amerikahaus de
Dee, your friendly Booklover!

Remember: sharing is caring - please only swap books in good condition.
You can bring your books with you on the day of the Book Swap or exchange them in advance for Book Swap Coupons at our reception (only from Monday, October 2, to Friday, October 6, during our regular business hours).

Emmaus Church Booksale

CALLING ALL BOOKLOVERs  . . .On S aturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, the Emmaus Church in Harlaching, Laurinpl.1,  will hold a sale of books in both German and English. Hours on both days are 1100 to 1700. 

2017 Haar English Book Sale

Haar English BooksaleFriday, October 13th from 15:00 - 19:00 and
Saturday, October 14th from 11:00 - 15:00
Ernst-Mach-Gymnasium, Jagdfeldring 82, 85540 Haar.

To donate english books or for more information, see the Facebook page of the  Haar English Booksale

Munich Community Event

Concert Evening - Mozart Requiem organized by MING Member TripleD Events
Saturday, 21st October starting at 20:00
Herkulessaal in the Residenz
Features a special German-American classical concert celebrating the debut of a new partnership between the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bayerische Philharmonie and highlighting this with a special production of the Mozart Requiem

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.  Further details are available at www.adg-europe.com

Save the dates and attend some great theater.  Grantly and the American Drama Group team have a wonderful scope of theater production pieces coming our way during the next 6 months. Here three performing before the end of 2017.

Notre Dame de Paris (Hunchback of Notre Dame) by Victor Hugo, in French. Monday, 16 Oct and Tuesday, 17 Oct (1100 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).

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).

MING Member Haar Disciples

Haar Disciples

A final note on MING Member Haar Disciples:  Riding on the wings of their best-ever season, the Disciples reached the Semi-Finals of the 1st Bundgesliga Baseball 2017 playoffs before losing the final game of the best-of-5 game series to the Bonn Capitals 5-2.  Finishing with a 33-14 record, the Disciples had a spectacular season featuring often outstanding pitching, great defense, timely hitting, and a number of exciting, nail-biting games right up to the final out.   Their website is www.disciples.de.  Hats of to the guys and their great performance throughout the year.  And to sports announcer Tim Collins. 

Welcome Back!

Program Meeting - September 2017

First Fall Meeting - Wednesday, September 20 at 18:30

It's our Welcome Back meeting!  We hope everyone had a lovely summer.  We look forward to seeing our fellow members and welcoming guests.

September marks the beginning of a new academic year - and the beginning of a new year in our club calendar. As is our custom, we have no formal speaker this month.  The evening will feature a special surprise, regular announcements, and plenty of time to meet new members and catch up with old members we haven't seen all summer.

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

 

My Grandmother asked me . . . , The History of Bees

Book Club – September 2017

The next book club meeting will be Wednesday, September 13th at 7pm. We will be discussing the following  books this fall:

Our first book for the September meeting: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry  is a charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove. It is a story about a seven year old girl and her seventy-seven year old grandmother, life and death and the right to be different.

The History of Bees book cover
Our second bookThe History of Bees, A Novel by Maja Lunde.
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…

 

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

Sichere Wiesn celebrates 15th Anniversary!

More Sichere Wiesn News

A look at Sichere Wiesn and how its grown

Sichere Wiesn was set up to help women who have lost their friends and don’t know where to go, are being stalked or harassed, have been sexually assaulted, or just need a safe space to get away from the madness.

Since its modest beginnings, this organization has grown its reputation and influence despite resistance from the Oktoberfest organizers (read: breweries). They don’t want to admit that while Oktoberbest is fun for most, this huge event also presents safety problems every year, especially for girls and women.

Kristina Gotlöber, the Sichere Wiesn director, gave me some interesting background on the organization. In its first year (2003), it helped 28 women. Last year, it assisted 216 – a huge jump. That shows that more people know about the check point and are not afraid to go there for help. Some of that awareness comes from the flyers we distribute to tourist hotels each year.

Some more interesting facts from last year: Of the 216 girls and women who sought help from Sichere Wiesn, 9 had experienced or been threatened with sexual assault; 9 had been physically assaulted; 127 had lost friends or valuables (handbags, mobile phones, hotel keys) and were not able to get back home without assistance. In addition, there were 35 cases of alcohol abuse and 36 “other” cases, such as psychological crises and traumatization.

The oldest client at the Sichere Wiesn last year was 72, the youngest 15. The vast majority are under 30.

Interestingly – and this is one more reason to support this great cause – the largest single group of clients was American women! Some 41 Americans got assistance from Sichere Wiesn in 2016. More than half of all of its clients are foreigners (121), and the counselors speak English half of the time.

To raise awareness among young women and men about Sichere Wiesn, Kristina and her colleagues conduct the „Pausenhofprojekt“ every year. They go to schools around Munich and do presentations about safety on the Wiesn. Since starting this project a few years ago, they have been to 16 schools and reached out to 3,000 girls and 2,400 boys.

Kristina expects an even larger number of clients this-coming October, both due to rising awareness – there was even an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about it! – and the fact that the Wiesn is one day longer.

If you want to learn more about Sichere Wiesn, check out the website, or better yet, drop by the check point during one of its open houses. It will have two of them during the Oktoberfest – dates and times to be announced. I will update everyone about it in the Evite.
After the Wiesn, there will be a formal celebration at the Rathaus, and, as a long-time supporter, we’ll be invited to join. More details coming.

Your Sichere Wiesn Coordinator

Let’s Dance! – for a more joyful and friendly Germany!

Dance Flash Mob in city center for a more tolerant Germany

Dance MobDance Mob for a joyful Germany that enjoys its ever greater diversity of people!
When: July 16th at 11 am at Max-Joseph-Platz!

Vor der Oper or in front of the Opera in the center of Munich will be  the scene of a "dance flash mob" against racism and for tolerance organized by young people. Join  us and take part in the celebration. Wear or bring something that tells who you are, what you enjoy, what you believe in. Let's dance to the music of Mazel Tov, the great Klezmer band. For more information visit Dance Mob on Facebook.

Terry Swartzberg - Campaigns healing, enlightening and enthralling the World  Dance Mob: 16.7.2017 um 11 Uhr am Max-Joseph-Platz

Our BISS Walking Tour

Program Meeting June 2017

A small group of members took part on the BISS walking tour last weekend,  which proved to be fascinating to say the least, says one member. Sadly the tour took place during the school break preventing many members from attending. Below a few pictures taken at Ost-Friedhof on St. Martins Strasse.

Commonwealth, The History of Bees

Book Club – June 2017

This month our book club will be meet Tuesday, June 27th at 7pm and will be discussing two books.

Commonwealth book coverOur first book for the June meeting: Commonwealth is the seventh novel by American author Ann Patchett published in 2016. The novel begins with an illicit kiss that leads to an affair that destroys two marriages and creates a reluctantly blended family.

The History of Bees book coverOur second book: The History of Bees, A Novel by Maja Lunde.  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…

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

American Citizen Services and Passport Day

Message for U.S. Citizens

American FlagThe U.S. Consulate General in Munich annually opens its doors to U.S. citizens and hosts the American Citizen Services (ACS) Information and Passport Day.  This year ACS Information Day will take place on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the U.S. Consulate General on Koeniginstrasse 5.  The event is open to U.S. citizens and their immediate family members.

This multi-purpose event provides an opportunity for U.S. citizens to renew their U.S. passport on a Saturday, attend our Information Fair to learn about the various services available to them from U.S. and German civic and government organizations in Bavaria, and to enjoy an American-style 4th of July cookout.

If you would like to renew your passport on June 17, click here to schedule an appointment. Visit our website for a list of the documents required for the appointment and for information on other citizenship services, such as a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, which are offered at the U.S. Consulate General during normal business hours.

To learn more about the Information Fair and the list of organizations that will be attending, visit the Mission Germany website. Even if you don’t need to renew a passport, come and join us in the shade for the 4th of July cookout!  Some of your favorite American food, chips, snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

We hope to see you there!  Please bring your passport for entry.  Remember that personal electronic devices and backpacks are not allowed into the Consulate.

 

OBACHT! Kultur-im-Quartier

From  June  23-25  over  50  artist studios in Haidhausen will be open daily  from  2-9  p.m.  One  of  the  participating  studios is Hands Gallery, owned and operated by AAUPW member Claudia Ziersch. Hands  Gallery will be offerering 6 different mini-workshops – ranging from paper folding to crocheting. Don’t  miss  this  rare  opportunity  to  view and support a wide variety of local artists! More information is available at: www.kultur-im-quartier.de