Events to Commemorate Fall of Berlin Wall

  • http-blogs-fandm-edu-wp-content-blogs-dir-29-files-2012-04-berlinwall-jpg East and West Germans converse at the newly created opening in the Berlin Wall after a crane removed a section of the structure beside the Brandenburg Gate.

Franklin & Marshall will host a series of events Nov. 7 to 10 to observe the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The barrier opened Nov. 9, 1989, and was torn down, literally and symbolically clearing the way for German reunification in 1990.

Throughout the weekend, students in the College's art club will construct a mini-replica of the Berlin Wall on Hartman Green with Kevin Brady, visiting assistant professor of art and art history. Members of the College community are invited to inscribe the wall with graffiti from Nov. 6 to Nov. 9, at which point it will be dismantled.

"Though not as dramatically or euphorically as its legendary ancestor," says Cecile Zorach, professor of German.

Other events marking the anniversary:

  • Saturday, Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m.
    Novemberfest: Bringing Down the Wall(s)
    Keynote speaker: Richard Zipser, chairman of modern languages at the University of Delaware, "Reading My Stasi File," Philadelphia Alumni Writers House
  • Monday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
    The Day the Wall Fell
    Film screening, Bonchek College House Great Room
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
    When the Wall Came Tumbling Down
    A reading by Joel Agee, author of Twelve Years: An American Boyhood in East Germany, Ware College House Great Room

All events are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by the Bonchek and Ware College Houses, CLAS, the Department of German and Russian, International Studies, the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation and the Office of the Provost.

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