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Wine Tasting and Tapas on June 14th

by Carl Kruse

Wine tasting is back and the Ivy Circle invites all to another collaboration with our friends of the Vivanova Wine Club on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 from 7-9pm at the Sana Hotel in Charlottenburg, Berlin. The evening will feature a tasting of a Prosecco aperitif, premium white, rosé and red wines paired with gourmet appetizers.

Our guide for the evening is Bradley Mitton, a wine expert from the United Kingdom, currently based in Monaco, where he has gained renown for his events in the French Riviera, including at the Nobu Monte Carlo, Fairmont Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix, and various super yachts.

The last event we did with Bradley at the Sana was well received and we look forward to another great evening of meeting new friends and old. Also attending will be Ivy Circle friend Mark White, who will be at hand to introduce his company’s new app called Ingredifind, which helps people with dietary preferences find restaurants that are right for personalized dining.

The Sana Berlin Hotel is about 600 meters from KaDeWe at Nürnberger Str. 33-34 in Berlin. The stylish hotel offers a spacious outdoor area with comfy sofas for our event.

The cost is 25€ and includes everything – free flowing wine, great tapas and of course the gathering of our Ivy Circle combined with Bradley’s Club Vivanova group. It will be good!

Tickets are available online at

https://www.clubvivanova.com/events/14jun2023

For more information contact me at [email protected].
Cheers and see everyone June 14th!

Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle

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Our last two events were the Gallery Walk in Charlottenburg and Cocktails at Hier Wo Du Strahlst in Berlin.
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Gallery Walk June 2-3 in Charlottenburg

by Carl Kruse

The Ivy Circle invites everyone to the gallery walks slated for the 2nd and 3rd of June in the Charlottenburg kiez of Berlin.  

Called the Charlotten Walk, the 2 days will see 41 galleries open their doors to all.   Hours for Friday, June 2, are 6- 9 in the evening, and on Saturday, 3 June, from noon to six pm.


Charlottenburg in Berlin is home to one of the most energetic and exciting gallery scenes in Germany, making for a perfect location for artistic exhibitions. Participating galleries include 68Projekts, Gedok Berlin, Galerie Albrecht, Galerie Bassenge, Galerie Michael Janssen, Kienzle Foundation, and Galerie Anna Probst.

Over time, a large number of galleries have relocated to the kiez from other parts of Berlin, such as from the Potsdamer Strasse, and from other cities such as Hamburg and Munich.

The Charlotten Walk gallery tour was created in 2018 by Artbutler, with Sussanne Burmehl taking over in 2022.  

For further info: www.charlottenwalk.de

While the Ivy Circle does not have a specific tour planned for the Charlotten Walk it encourages everyone to explore on their own the various offerings in modern art open to all and at no cost.

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The Ivy Circle’s last two events were a cocktail hour and a chat with Uwe Westphal.
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Cocktails at Hier Wo Du Strahlst in Berlin

by Carl Kruse

It’s time for cocktails and our next gathering takes place on Wednesday, May 24 starting at 7:00 pm at the bar “Hier Wo Du Strahlst” (Here Where you Shine) on Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 20, 10176 Berlin.

Hier Wo Du Strahlst is a new bar owned by writer and art publisher Johannes Finke. The Ivy Circle has the place for itself this night.

Johannes welcomes everyone with a complimentary shot (or two) of Fräulein Schoz-Ingwer, a newly launched (and delicious) ginger liquor made in Berlin, as well as a specially priced drink list just for us. Almost anything else you might fancy is a la carte with a good chance of drinks aplenty flying about gratis.

Drink with us and say hello to friends new and old. Good conversations guaranteed.

Please RSVP to [email protected] so we can give Johannes an accurate head count.

Cheers!
Carl Kruse

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Our last event with Uwe Westphal was a tremendous success and we thank everyone who came and lent their support.

The Brews Cruise Returns

by Carl Kruse

Berlin Beer Week returns this September and with it one of their marquee events which is the “Taste of the U.S.A.” cruise, featuring a tour around the watery parts of Berlin, unlimited tasting of 30 craft beers from North Carolina and Tennessee, a free Bourbon tasting, several DJ sets, and an after party.  We will take a look at Berlin from the water and sample artisanal beers.  Even if you don’t like beer this is good.

The organizers of Berlin Beer Week have invited us once again to join this year’s cruise, which takes place on Saturday, 2 September 2023, boarding at about 14:30 from Märkisches Ufer 48 and going until about 17:00.

We have a super discounted rate of 49.90€, which includes the cruise, unlimited beer, a reserved after party area for us, and the first beer free at the after party.  It is a lot of love.

Berlin Beer Week takes place in September, but the cruise always sells out early so if you are interested please reach out as soon as possible to Carl Kruse at [email protected] to RSVP.

In other news, there is a book presentation with Uwe Westphal on May 10 with complimentary wine and appetizers at INIZIO at 18:30 and a happy hour at “Hier Wo Du Strahlst” on May 24 beginning at 19:00.

Cheers and to a great Spring!
Carl Kruse

A Talk With Uwe Westphal: The Rise and Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry in Berlin

by Carl Kruse

A unique phenomenon emerged in the heart of Berlin in the nineteenth century: a creative center for fashion and ready-made clothing. Hundreds of garment companies were established, which manufactured modern wear and developed new designs that were sold throughout Germany, and the world. The industry reached the height of its success in the 1920s. Freed from corsets, sophisticated women of the time dressed in the popular “Berlin Chic” sold by Valentin Manheimer, Herrmann Gerson, and the Wertheim department stores. Berlin’s fashion industry became a global, highly desired brand. Fashion and the vibrant art scene in Berlin stimulated creativity. Bauhaus architects influenced the making of simple and effective fashion designs, and composers, actors and directors of popular musicals and films turned fashionable themes into everyday cultural items. Berlin’s fashion industry was as popular and lucrative as Paris Couture, and Jewish fashion designers were regarded as trendsetters for new styles in Europe.

However, after 1933, most Jewish clothing industrialists, shop owners, and fashion designers were confronted with the hatred and violence of Hitler’s Third Reich. In 1836, Hausvogteiplatz in the center of Berlin, had become the established center of the German fashion industry. Now it was targeted by the Nazis. Many Jewish companies were “Aryanized” while their owners were robbed, displaced, and murdered. Under new Aryan management, these newly created firms produced conservative clothing that represented an entirely different image of women. In November 1939, Nazi stormtroopers raided hundreds of Jewish companies and shops all over Germany, particularly in Berlin. That was the end of more than 100 years of creative fashion and Jewish design in the city. Of the more than 2800 Berlin fashion companies in 1930, none was left in 1939. Until today, there is still no official recognition by the German fashion industry of their active part in the confiscation of Jewish companies starting in 1933. Some Jewish fashion designers, originally from Berlin who managed to escape, launched successful careers in the USA.

Uwe Westphal’s book Fashion Metropolis Berlin 1836-1939: The Story of the Rise and Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry brings back to life Berlin’s fashionable past while also serving as a clear and painful reminder of the great injustice that was committed. Uwe examines Jewish participation in Berlin’s fashion industry and how Nazi loyalists within the industry contributed to the Holocaust.

Join us on May 10, 2023 at 6:30pm at the Inizio restaurant, Fasanenstr. 77 in Berlin as Uwe discusses his book. There will be a brief presentation, followed by a Q &A session and then complimentary wine, soft drinks and appetizers for all. There will be a cash bar and full restaurant menu as well.

Uwe is an author and journalist residing in Berlin and London. He has worked for the international PEN association of writers, and as a journalist and producer for PBS and CBS in New York. He is the author of four history books about the Third Reich, numerous essays, and articles in the United Kingdom and Germany. His work has also appeared on Radio 4 and BBC.  Recent lectures at Berkeley, Yad Vashem-Jerusalem, Florida JCC, Milwaukee, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Washington and at the FIT New York.

Carl Kruse ARTS Blog - Image of Uwe Westphal

Uwe Westphal


I personally look forwarding to welcoming all at Inizio for what will be a special evening.

Carl Kruse

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Speaking Presentation: Democracy and the Rise of Authoritarianism

by Carl Kruse

The Ivy Circle Berlin and the Harvard Club in Berlin would like to invite all to the upcoming Harvard Club speaking presentation “Democracy and the Rise of Authoritarianism” scheduled for April 26, 2023 at 18:00 CET at the Meistersaal, Köthener Str. 38, 10963 Berlin.

Join Fiona Hill, senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institute and former official at the U.S. National Security Council specializing in Russian and European affairs, and Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of Government at Harvard University and director of the Transformations of Democracy research unit at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center in Berlin, as they explore how the erosion of norms, trust, and tolerance threatens contemporary democracy and the ways governments, civil society organizations, universities, the private sector, and citizens can work to push back against authoritarian threats and reinforce democratic governance.

Following the speaking program, enjoy drinks and a reception over stimulating conversations.

6:00 p.m. Doors open for registration
6:30 p.m. Conversation with Fiona Hill and Daniel Ziblatt
7:45 p.m. Reception

Event Cost
Harvard Club of Berlin Members and Harvard Recent Graduates (’17–’22): $25
Harvard alumni and Ivy Circle and guests: $35

I will personally be there and look forward to welcoming all Ivy Circle friends to the event.

Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle Berlin

P.S. As a reminder our friend Rich Minnich’s film “The Strait Guys” is being shown on the ARD network through April 26. More here.


Ivy Circle Berlin Member Rich Minnich Film on ARD

By Carl Kruse

The Ivy Circle Berlin is pleased to announce that film director and Ivy Circle member Rich Minnich will have his documentary “The Strait Guys” premiere on German TV MDR this Sunday, April 16th and through April 23rd in the ARD Mediathek. Go Rick!

Here is the formal announcement.
https://www.facebook.com/events/127191460250142/

Back in June 2022, the Ivy Circle Berlin gathered with Rick for the premiere of “The Strait Guys.”

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Carl Kruse, Ivy Circle Berlin
Contact: carl AT alumni DOT princeton DOT edu
Ivy Circle Berlin
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Ivy Circle Berlin – Tour of Tempelhof Airport

by Carl Kruse

Join us for an evening of Berlin history as the Ivy Circle teams up with Wharton School Alumni of Berlin and with the Carl Kruse Arts Blog for a private tour of the former Tempelhof Airport on Friday, 24 February 2023 starting at 6:30pm.

Tempelhof Airport is one of the largest architectural monuments in Europe, and one of only three main buildings in Berlin built by the Nazis that have survived (the other two being the Olympic Stadium and the former Luftwaffe headquarters, currently home to the Finanzamt).

Built between 1936 and 1941, the building stands for the self-staging of the National Socialists. In 1948/49, however, the airport also became a symbol of freedom through the Berlin Airlift.

Let’s learn more about the ideological-political background of the airport and explore some of its most interesting spaces.

Guided Private Tour: 2 hours, 18:30 – 20:30h.

After the tour we will head to Orville’s, the former US Air Force Officer’s Lounge off the main hall for drinks and chat. At 9:00 p.m., their house jazz band with a guest vocalist will celebrate a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.


The program fee includes starter wines, waters and nibbles.

RSVP kindly asap to Georgette via [email protected]

Program fee for the evening is 30 € payable in advance.

Bank details will be provided upon registration.

First come, first served. Maximum 30 guests!

Important notes:
Due to the structural conditions, the tours are unfortunately not barrier-free. A good basic physical condition is required due to longer distances and various stairs. Sturdy, closed shoes are required.
Animals, baby carriages, walkers and wheelchairs are not allowed.
Photography is allowed only for private use.
In case of late arrival at the starting point, participation in the guided tour cannot be guaranteed.
Please meet at 18:15h at the CHECK-IN Visitor Center on Platz der Luftbrücke, right next to the main central entrance to the airport building.

Wine and Tapas at Sana Hotel – 7 September

by Carl Kruse, Ivy Circle Berlin

The Ivy Circle-Berlin invites you to a wine and tapas evening at the Sana Berlin Hotel on Wednesday, 7th September 2022 from 7pm to 9pm.

Join us as we team up with Club Vivanova at the beautiful open terrace area of the hotel to taste premium Argentinean, Australian, Chilean and Spanish wines paired with Portuguese tapas.

Our guide for the evening is Bradley Mitton, a wine expert from the United Kingdom, currently based in Monaco, where he has gained renown for his events in the French Riviera, including at the Nobu Monte Carlo, Fairmont Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix, and various super yachts.

Ivy Circle Berlin Gathering - Carl Kruse

The last event we did with Bradley received tremendous accolades and we look forward to another beautiful evening of meeting new friends and old.

The Sana Berlin Hotel is about 600 meters from KaDeWe at Nürnberger Str. 33-34 in Berlin. The stylish hotel offers a spacious outdoor area with comfy sofas for our event.

The cost is 30€ and includes everything – free flowing wine, great tapas and of course the gathering of our Ivy Circle combined with Bradley’s Club Vivanova group. We should be about 50-70 people.

It will be good!

Tickets are available online at
https://www.clubvivanova.com/tickets/07sep2022

Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle Berlin

Our last event was the garden party in conjunction with Stanford University at QBeach in Berlin in July.

Stanford Garden Event in Berlin July 10

by Carl Kruse, Ivy Circle Berlin

We are excited to invite the Ivy Circle to the Stanford University summer garden event on Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 4 pm at the beautiful Q Beach, which just recently reopened in the Halensee/Grunewald neighborhood. Q Beach is on Koenigsalle 5B, 14193 Berlin. There will be a BBQ, wine, beer and soft drinks.

We have the honor of welcoming Stanford Prof. Jenny Suckale as a special guest. Prof. Suckale is part of the founding team at the new Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, a massive investment into making this world a better place, and Stanford’s first new school in more than 70 years. The new school, opening in September, has the mandate to drive scholarship and high-impact solutions for climate and sustainability challenges around the world, with an endowment of $1.69B to launch. We are honored to get this first hand exclusive preview even before its opening.

For a discussion with all participants we’ll have two outstanding personalities join Prof. Suckale:

Albrecht Graf Matuschka, the iconic pioneer of Corporate Venture Capital in Germany in the 1980’s and expert in sustainable finance. He has been involved in the establishment of the German private business school system. He travels to Berlin from Frankfurt.

Juan Carlos Alonso, Stanford Graduate School of Business graduate, executive board member of the Belgian corporation Bekaert, a $5 billion revenue world market leader in steel fiber products. Juan Carlos is responsible for strategy and corporate development of a company which is prototypical for sustainable transformation. He travels for the event from Belgium.

Please bring your friends and families for what will be a great event. The gorgeous venue is by a lake and the BBQ will be hosted by our own Chef Susanne, who has a culinary degree.

Q Beach in Berlin




Admission:

· 75 € for adults. A discount for young alumni is available for those who graduated within the last 5 years- please reach out to Jon ([email protected]) about it before booking.

· 35 € for young adults under 18 years and current Stanford students

· Free for children under 10 years

Please Register via this Google Form as soon as possible.

Payment is via Bank transfer.

Bank transfer to: German Stanford Association e.V.
IBAN: DE85 1001 0010 0915 9481 00
BIC: PBNKDEFF

In the reference, please add your name “+ Summer 22”

What awaits:

One of the best communities you can imagine and an exclusive preview into one of the world’s largest efforts in sustainable technology and a delicious BBQ of burgers, meats, cheeses, a full buffet (with plenty of vegetarian options).

Catered wine, beer, coffee, and a variety of soft drinks are included (Open bar from 16-21h).

The beach is also accessible for an additional €6.50, so bring your swimsuits!

Carl Kruse, Ivy Circle Berlin
Contact: carl AT alumni DOT princeton DOT edu
Our last event was the Ivy Circle Happy Hour at the Fox Bar.