Gettysburg College is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The German Studies department was enthusiastic about planning the events for the week-long commemoration due to the historical significance and the College’s own connection to the events.
Prof. Henning Wrage is from East Germany and one of his research concentrations is East German audiovisual culture. Wrage was one of the leaders in organizing this week, along with the assistance of the department. In addition, Prof. Eric Scheufler contacted the German embassy to acquire material. Students and faculty participated in a range of activities, from building a wall in the library to having an international skype call with an eyewitness.
View the events of the week:
Mon. Nov. 3
Installation of our 'wall.'
Mussleman Library Ground Floor, 12:00-1:00pm
Installation of our ‘wall’ on the ground floor of Musselman Library. Feel free to stop by all week to write on it and add your own graffiti.
Tues. Nov. 4
Write on the Wall!
Come to the German Club table in the CUB to add your own graffiti to sheets that will be added to the wall in Musselman Library.
Readings from the Wall: Commemorating 25 years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Short film featuring the Gettysburg community’s memories of the fall of the wall, Followed by short readings of memoirs, testimonials, letters, journal entries, poems, and other texts from eyewitnesses. Faculty from different departments will read.
Wed. Nov. 5
Boarders: Global Perspectives on the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall
A panel of faculty from around the world share their memories of 1989 and help place it in a global context. The discussion also reflects on political crises and cultural collapses in the present day. Pizza lunch provided.
Thurs. Nov. 6
Penn Hall, 7-9pm
A picture of the wall falling will be projected onto Penn Hall.
Fri. Nov. 7
Skype Interview with Dr. Dirk Moldt
Skype interview with Dr. Dirk Moldt, an eyewitness to the events of 1989 and a member of the dissident group Church from Below.
Tearing down the Wall Ceremony
Musselman Ground Floor, 2:00pm