'Old Europe' Welcomes Members of the Class of 1999

Kelly, John
September 2004
Nieman Reports;Fall2004, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p121
This article describes the reunion of the Nieman Class of 1999 held in Berlin, Germany in June 2004. Ilka Piepgras organized the gathering, showing off a city that had changed a great deal since the wall came down. Those attending were Lily Galili;Pippa Green, her husband, Alan Hirsh, and their son, Matthew; Frans Roennov; and Bill and Karin Graves, among others. Ilka was a wonderful host. There was a tour of the offices of netzeitungde, the Internet newspaper run by Ilka's husband, Michael Maier, and a rarity in the new media world: a Web paper that is actually making money The attendees took a cruise and a walking tour of Berlin, led by Ilka. She threw a party at her apartment. There was also interaction with Niemans from other years. Paolo Valentino, Nieman 1990, hosted dinner at an Italian restaurant. And Paul Stoop, Nieman 1995, and his wife, Adelheid Scholten, welcomed the attendees to the American Academy in Berlin, where he is deputy director. It was after visiting the American Academy, set in a mansion on the shore of Wannsee Lake, that many of the participants contemplated learning German or at least feigning an interest in things Teutonic. They were wondering how best to wangle a fellowship at the academy and perhaps recreate that Nieman year experience.


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