RBFAA Spring 2016 Newsletter
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Spring is in the air...
...and so is your Spring RBFAA newsletter! Read on for the usual professional and personal alumni updates as well as some information about the upcoming Annual Meeting. As a special feature this month, we even have a very timely poem to share!

All the best from your editors,
Cameron McCosh, Communications Chair for the RBFAA
Brian Alkire, Alumni Coordinator for the RBFAA

The RBFAA Annual Meeting: June 24-26, 2016

The Annual Meeting of the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association will take place on June 24-26, 2016 in Philadelphia. You should have received your official invitations early last month. We are all looking forward to seeing you there!

This year we will be exploring the theme of Global Transformation and the Human Response – Local Solutions to Global Challenges as we celebrate another great year as an alumni association. We will be focusing in particular on the fields of immigration, energy and environmental policy, and internet and data security. Each subject will be explored in greater depth by a panel discussion with distinguished experts in the field. The weekend will be a great opportunity to connect with alumni of all demographics through transatlantic themed discussions and a cultural excursion. A gala dinner with keynote address will be held on Saturday evening, June 25, 2016. 

We are pleased to have as keynote speaker this year Anne Richard (Bosch II), who serves as Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State. Visit the Eventbrite page for more information on the schedule and to claim your tickets if you haven't already.

Your RBFAA Board of Directors is busy getting ready for the annual meeting, preparing content and speakers. Here we provide you with some food for thought as you make your travel plans. We also have a request for panelists in sustainability and energy issues from Jaimes Valdez, one of the RBFAA's Co-Presidents. If you're interested in connecting with Jaimes, you can reach him here.

See you in Philadelphia!
Give to the RBFAA today!
Contributing members make a tremendous – and critical – difference to the RBFAA. Our broad array of programs and events, both regional and national, are only possible because of the generous support of alumni like you. Join us in our work to strengthen US-German ties by giving to the RBFAA today! 

Germany's Immigration Crisis: A Debate in Transformation

A Panel Discussion 
On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the German Consulate General and the RBFAA convened a panel discussion on Germany’s Immigration Crisis: A Debate in Transformation to Bosch alumni and guests.  Consul General Stefan Schlueter moderated the discussion and laid out many of the challenges for Europe in the wake of the attacks in Paris and the arrival of over a million migrants by the end of the year. Read more here.


A poem by Walden S. Morton 

For this newsletter, Faith Hall (Bosch XXX) submitted the following poem by her aunt Walden S. Morton, a retired high school teacher and poet from Portland, Maine. In the late 1940s she lived in Germany in Bremerhaven and Heidelberg, went to school with wonderful Benedictine nuns and has had a lifelong interest in all things German.


She is stocky and plain
like everyone's Aunt Lizzie.
She is smart and practical, carved a solution
which rescued the European Union
as well as Greece from financial disaster.
She dresses like a second hand store
in the Age of Advertising.
She repeats her offer to open Germany
to refugees:  800,000 and  $6.7 billion
over five years.
She makes the world’s faltering heart sing.
Ordinary people
stop casting their eyes down,
stop mumbling and 
clasping their hands in shame.
This is the power of the dream of justice,
slow and painful, obstacles everywhere.
This quiet hard working woman
transforms us, as have
the greatest others of our joint past.
The tuning fork of right and wrong
has been struck and we reverberate
to its song.
She just won the Nobel Peace Prize,
for me.

Personal and Professional Updates

Our alumni continue to live up to Robert Bosch's dictum that "none of us should ever be satisfied with what has been achieved, but should always endeavor to do better." Read up on what your fellow alums have been up to in their personal and professional lives here. 
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