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When the wall came tumbling down – in Berlin

Public domain photo of Berlin WallNovember marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

To commemorate this monumental event, the UNCG German Program will host a symposium titled “Looking Back, Moving Forward.” Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at UNCG.

Thanks to a generous grant by the German Embassy, the symposium will include a variety of events. Scholars will share their research on the historical, political, economic, and cultural ramifications of Germany’s divided past and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The day will kick off “Live from Berlin” with UNCG art professor Sheryl Oring live via videoconferencing from her current art exhibition on the fall of the Berlin Wall in The Kennedys Museum in Berlin. 10 a.m. – EUC Auditorium

Panel: History in the making: Eyewitnesses Share Their Memories.”
Dr. Karl Schleunes, professor emeritus, History
Dr. Vasyl Taras, assistant professor, Bryan School
1 p.m. – School of Education Building, 222

Panel: The fall of the Berlin Wall from a Global Perspective.”
Dr. Corey Johnson (Geography), Dr. Jerry Pubantz, LIHC/Political Science, and Dr. Helga Welsh, Political Science

UNCG German students will share their work on the topic by delivering speeches and presenting posters advocating for change. These presentations will be prepared in the spirit of the Monday Demonstrations that were pivotal in catalyzing the demands for freedom that brought about East Germany’s peaceful revolution.

The day will conclude with a keynote address by Dr. Jennifer Hosek, associate professor of German Studies at Queen’s University, on the legacy of East German film in Germany and beyond. Her 5:30 p.m. talk will be followed by a reception complete with live musical accompaniment provided by one of UNCG’s German and Music double majors, William Hueholt.

The detailed schedule is at http://www.uncg.edu/llc/news/germanEvents.html
For more information contact Dr. Brooke Kreitinger at bdkreiti@uncg.edu

Image: Public domain, US government