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German Weeks 2014-2015: Fall of the Wall

This November marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To commemorate this monumental historical event, the UNCG German Program will host a symposium titled “Looking Back, Moving Forward.”
The symposium will take place on Friday, November 7, 2014 on UNCG’s campus.

Berlin Wall Symposium

Thanks to a generous grant by the German Embassy, the symposium will include a variety of events. Colleagues from across the UNCG campus as well as specialists from other institutions near and far 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 with a presentation by 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. Eye witness accounts and an academic panel will allow us to explore the continuing effects of the fall of the Wall on a global scale. 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 talk will be followed by a reception complete with live musical accompaniment provided by one of UNCG’s German and Music double majors, Mr. William Hueholt. We invite all members of our community to join us in commemorating and celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall!

For more information, please contact Dr. Brooke Kreitinger bdkreiti@uncg.edu

Berlin Wall Symposium

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the UNCG German department hosted a film screening of Good Bye Lenin!, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. By answering trivia questions, students could win T-Shirts in Germany’s national colors: black, red, and gold. The questions set the scene for the screening of Good Bye Lenin!, The film tells the story of Alexander, who goes to amusing lengths to keep his fragile mother’s beloved East Germany alive after it disappears almost overnight. Good Bye Lenin! was well received by the attendees and raised several questions concerning this time period. A lively discussion ensued and exchange students from Germany, including one student who was born in the last year of the GDR’s existence, and faculty members provided valuable input and a variety of perspectives on the history of a divided Germany and the Cold War.

Goodbye Lenin Group

Goodbye Lenin

Click here to view info. from German Weeks 2013-2014 at UNCG.
Click here to view info. from German Weeks 2012 at UNCG.
Click here to view the official German Campus Weeks Facebook page.

View more on German Campus Weeks: Fall of the Wall: http://www.germany.info/fallofthewall

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