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ABOUT

The Cambridge University German Society was founded in 1908 and consists of students who share a common interest in German society, culture, and history. We aim to encourage intercultural discussions by providing a platform for mutual exchange for both Germans and non-Germans. Our Society welcomes members of all nationalities. We regularly organise talks, exchanges with other societies, and social events.

See our Hall of Fame for speakers who have visited us in the past and check out our Termcard to find out more about our events!

COMMITTEE

Florian Fuchs

Florian Fuchs

President

Sebastian Lunz

Sebastian Lunz

President

Emma Gibbons

Emma Gibbons

Secretary

Dominik Kloepfer

Dominik Kloepfer

Treasurer

Joanna Moest

Joanna Moest

Social Officer

Martin Lippert

Martin Lippert

Events Officer

Ciara Gumsheimer

Ciara Gumsheimer

Swaps Officer

Angelika Beinert

Angelika Beinert

Speakers Officer

Wilhelm Emmrich

Wilhelm Emmrich

Speakers Officer

Giulia Bollen Gandolfo

Giulia Bollen Gandolfo

Membership Officer

Lorenz Freigassner

Lorenz Freigassner

Sponsorship Officer

L. Gast

L. Gast

IT Officer

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at the following email address: committee [at] germansociety [dot] org [dot] uk

 

TERMCARD

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  • Formal Swap with German and Scandinavian Societies
    19:00-22:00
    2018.02.02

    St Catherines College, 1 Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RL, UK

    St Catherines College, 1 Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RL, UK

    Join us for a Formal Swap with the German and Scandinavian Societies at St Catharine’s College!

    Catz is famous for its open three-sided court, its stunning college bar, and for being the alma mater of Sir Ian McKellen 😉

    Don’t miss out on what promises to be a great evening and the chance to make new friends! 🙂

    More details regarding how to sign up for tickets will be sent out by your respective society, so keep your eyes peeled!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Stammtisch
    20:00-23:00
    2018.02.06

    Bath Ale House & Hotel, 3 Bene’t St, Cambridge CB2 3QN, UK

    Bath Ale House & Hotel, 3 Bene’t St, Cambridge CB2 3QN, UK

    Join us for the first Stammtisch of the term at the Eagle Pub on Tuesday!

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  • Reading and Panel Discussion with Emilia Smechowski
    17:45-19:15
    2018.02.07

    21 Magdalene St, Cambridge CB3 0AG, UK

    21 Magdalene St, Cambridge CB3 0AG, UK

    Emilka was five years old when her parents put her and her little sister in the backseat and just took off: in 1988, her family fled from Poland to West-Berlin, leaving their home, friends, and relatives behind. Only one year later, she had a new name, a new home country, a new language: she was now Emilia, a German. When her parents’ new colleagues came over for dinner, they were not served pierrogi, but tomatoes and mozzarella, and speaking Polish in public was no longer allowed. In ‘Wir Strebermigranten’ (Hanser, 2017), Emilia Smechowski tells her personal tale of the collective experience of Polish immigrants in Germany: a fascinating story of shame and fierce ambition, of liberation and self-assertion.

    Emilia Smechowski (*1983 in Poland) is an author and free-lance journalist living in Berlin. In 2017, she won the German Journalist Award (Deutscher Reporterpreis) in the category freelance reporting for her profile of the German politician Paul Ziemiak.

    Emilia Smechowski will read from her book ‘Wir Strebermigranten’. The reading will be in German, followed by a panel discussion with Katarzyna Lanucha and Dr Yvonne Zivkovic, and Q&A in English. The event is part of the Cambridge Online Network, an online platform for all who are involved in promoting the study of German language and culture in the UK. There will be a special introduction for pupils led by Senior Language Teaching Officer Silke Mentchen before the reading, starting at 5:15 pm. If you wish to attend the intro session and receive an info pack, please contact the event organiser Dr Marie Kolkenbrock (mek32@cam.ac.uk) by 31 January.

    The event is free, but booking is essential. If you have questions, please contact the event organiser Dr Marie Kolkenbrock (mek32@cam.ac.uk).

     

    Foto Credit: Linda Rosa Saal

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  • Get Together mit Oliver Wyman
    17:00-23:00
    2018.02.08

    *please note that this event is members only. For more information please visit the facebook pages. An email with further information will be sent out to members in due course*

  • German Conversation Class
    18:20-19:20
    2018.02.08

    The Cambridge University German Society invites members and friends to its conversation classes of Lent Term.

    You will have the opportunity to practice and improve your German with DAAD Lektor Alexander Bleistein.

    Entrance level for conversation should be B1.

    Dates for lessons so far:
    25.1.18, 18:20
    8.2.18, 18:20
    22.2.18, 18:20


    VENUE: Room 207 Raised Faculty Building, Sidgwick Site

    The lessons are free for German Society members.
    Please bring £3 per lesson if you are not a member.

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  • Ein Manifest von Martin Roth
    17:30-19:00
    2018.02.12

    Old Court, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TL, UK

    Old Court, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TL, UK

    **Please note that the reading will be held in German, while the discussion may be in English if desired**

    Martin Roth war der erste nicht-britische Direktor des Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Das V&A erzielte unter seiner Führung von 2011 bis 2016 Besucherrekorde, etwa mit Ausstellungen zu David Bowie, Bob Dylan und dem Modedesigner Alexander McQueen. Für sein Wirken um die kulturelle Zusammenarbeit zwischen Deutschland und Großbritannien wurde Roth 2016 mit dem Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse ausgezeichnet. Im April 2016 hatte die German Society die Ehre, ihn zu einem außerordentlich erfolgreichen Vortrag in Cambridge begrüßen zu dürfen.

    Tief enttäuscht vom Brexit-Votum der Engländer legte Roth im Herbst 2016 sein Amt nieder. Er begründete seinen Weggang damit, dass er sich in Zeiten der nationalistischen und antieuropäischen Strömungen politisch mehr engagieren wolle. Seit Juli 2017 war er Präsident des Instituts für Auslandsbeziehungen in Stuttgart und er engagierte sich stark für die Initiative Offene Gesellschaft.

    Im August 2017 starb Roth im Alter von 62 Jahren. Vor seinem Tod verfasste er das Buch »Widerrede!«, welches für ein neues, intensives Gespräch zwischen den Generationen und für ein stärkeres und unmittelbareres Engagement für unsere Demokratie plädiert. Formuliert im gemeinsamen Gespräch mit seinen erwachsenen Kindern Clara (20), Roman (27) und Mascha (28) gibt dieses Buch wegweisende Anstöße für die notwendige Widerrede – gegen die Aushöhlung von Freiheit, Toleranz und Demokratie.

    Roth setzte sich bis zuletzt mit aller Kraft für den Erhalt demokratischer Werte ein. Mit seinem Buch »Widerrede!« hinterlässt er ein Werk, das sich als politisches Vermächtnis lesen lässt. Damit wird er weit in die Zukunft wirken.

    Frank-Walter Steinmeier würdigte Roth als eine der bedeutendsten gesellschaftspolitischen Stimmen: „Als Museumsdirektor schuf er Räume der – manchmal auch schmerzhaften – Begegnung, der Anregung, der Inspiration und der Auseinandersetzung, stets mit dem Ziel, Nationalismen zu überwinden, Verständigung und Annäherung zu ermöglichen. Mit Nachdruck erhob er seine Stimme gegen Rechtspopulismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit und trat leidenschaftlich dafür ein, die offene Gesellschaft in Deutschland und Europa wertzuschätzen und zu verteidigen.“

    Bei unserer Veranstaltung wird Roths älteste Tochter Mascha Auszüge aus »Widerrede!« lesen und mit uns gemeinsam darüber diskutieren, was jede und jeder Einzelne für ein gemeinsames Europa und gegen Populismus, Nationalismus und autoritäre Tendenzen tun kann.

    https://widerrede-buch.de/

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  • German Conversation Class
    18:20-19:20
    2018.02.22

    The Cambridge University German Society invites members and friends to its conversation classes of Lent Term.

    You will have the opportunity to practice and improve your German with DAAD Lektor Alexander Bleistein.

    Entrance level for conversation should be B1.

    Dates for lessons so far:
    25.1.18, 18:20
    8.2.18, 18:20
    22.2.18, 18:20


    VENUE: Room 207 Raised Faculty Building, Sidgwick Site

    The lessons are free for German Society members.
    Please bring £3 per lesson if you are not a member.

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  • Berndt Hauptkorn: ‘The Business of Luxury’
    17:30-19:00
    2018.02.27

    Old Court, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TL, UK

    Old Court, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TL, UK

    The Cambridge University German Society warmly invites you to a talk with Dr Berndt Hauptkorn, the President of CHANEL Europe!

    Dr Hauptkorn studied in Germany and England, earning a masters degree in Business Administration and a PhD in Laws of Economics.

    He started his professional career in advertising, before joining the strategy consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and its global consumer goods & media practice.

    Dr Hauptkorn moved on to the JAB Holding Company, a privately held group focused on long-term investments in premium brands, where he became the founding CEO of the group’s luxury holding and subsequently the global CEO of Bally. Afterwards, he joined the Japanese high-street retailer Fast Retailing as a Global Officer and oversaw the European strategy and operations as CEO Europe of Uniqlo.

    Since 2015, Dr Hauptkorn has been working with CHANEL in Paris as President of the Region Europe. He oversees the business of the brand’s fashion, fragrance & beauty, and watches & jewellery divisions.

    At our event, Dr Hauptkorn will give a talk entitled ‘The Business of Luxury’.

    There will also be time for questions. Please note that the event will be held in English. All welcome!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

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MEMBERSHIP

Our membership fee is £10 (until 15th of October) and membership is lifelong. Members’ benefits include:

  • Priority for our Formal Dinners
  • Exclusive Member Formals
  • Priority for our most successful events (including Formal Swaps, Christmas Feast, Oktoberfest, exclusive trips, Society Exchange with the German Societies in Oxford and London etc.)
  • Sponsor Events
  • Free film nights
  • Reduced prices at our language classes
  • and more!

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