Aug 12 09

Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock

Haensel & Gretel and the GOLD in the Reichsbank, project for the German Federal Foreign Office (1999)

Haensel & Gretel and the GOLD in the Reichsbank, project for the German Federal Foreign Office (1999). (c) Stih & Schnock, Berlin / ARS - New York

Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock (http://www.stih-schnock.de) visit Prof. Lynne Constantine’s class to discuss their artwork relating to the Holocaust, GDR, and other German topics. Visitors are welcome. This special edition of Prof. Constantine’s class will meet on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 from 4:30 PM until 6 PM at the Critical Art Practices Studio, AB 1007, School of Art Building.

Jul 31 09

Student Berlin Gala

Join the George Mason Community, Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 8:00 PM for a Student Berlin Gala at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus. Enjoy an orchestra, dance, and readings and refreshments. All are invited!

Jul 31 09

Forensic Student Debates

George Mason University’s Forensic students will hold debates at the Wall site at Noon during the following dates: Oct. 27, 28, 29; Nov. 3, 4, 5

Schedule

Tuesday, October 27th at 12:30pm: Bryan Campanello will speak  on the topic of: Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, have East and West Germany completely integrated their economies?

Tuesday, October 27th at 1:30pm: Rob Warchol will speak  on the topic of: Should the United States offer Russia NATO membership?

Wednesday, October 28th at 12:00pm: Colston Reid will speak on the topic of: Does Russia still maintain significant influence over the former eastern bloc states despite the demolition of the Berlin Wall?

Wednesday, October 28th at 12:30pm: Billy Strong will speak on the topic of: Did the Berlin Wall permanently divide German politics?

Thursday, October 29th at 12:00pm: Michael Scott will speak on the topic of: Can the European Union continue to survive by inviting Eastern European nations to join?

Thursday, October 29th 12:30pm: Kate de Nardi will speak on the topic of: Has East Germany regained its economic prominence?

Tuesday, November 3rd at 11:30am: Will Bellows will speak on the topic of: Are the west and east erecting a virtual iron curtain?

Tuesday, November 3rd at 1:30pm: Brennan Morris will speak on the topic of: Can the Germany and Poland regain a mutual trust of each others governments?

Wednesday, November 4th at noon: John Dorrett will speak on the topic of: How can Russia integrate its natural resource wealth into European markets without appearing to be aggressive?

Wednesday, November 4th at 12:30pm: Jacob Abraham will speak on the topic of: Is European xenophobia holding back the relaxing of tensions between Western Europe and Eastern bloc states?

Thursday, November 5th at 11:30am: Sam Hopkins will speak on the topic of: Will the dismantling of the missile defense shield end recent return to cold war style tensions between the East and West?

Jul 31 09

Construction of Berlin Wall Begins

Construction of Berlin Wall replica near the Clock Tower on Fairfax Campus on Monday, October 19, 2009.

Time to be announced.

Jul 31 09

Historian Robert Dallek and Journalist James Mann

In conjunction with other events on the 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Robert Dallek, author of Harry S. Truman, and James Mann, author of The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War, look at the two men whose presidencies bookend the Wall’s long and troubled history. Co-sponsored by German Embassy’s Freedom Without Walls program, Gale Cengage Learning, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. This event is part of George Mason University’s annual Fall for the Book event.
The discussion will take place Tuesday, November 24, 2009, from 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM, at George Mason University’s Research I building, Room 163.

Jul 31 09

Freedom Without Walls: A Panel on the Berlin Wall

Nearly twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, German journalists and scholars reflect both on that pivotal moment in the nation’s and the world’s history and on the changes that have — and have not — taken place as a result of reunification. Panelists include Dieter Dettke, visiting fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies; Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, Senior Director for Policy Programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and former Washington bureau chief of Die Zeit, Germany’s intellectual weekly; Olivia Schoeller, Washington correspondent for the Berliner Zeitung, the largest broadsheet newspaper in the German capital; and moderator Marion Deshmukh, an associate professor in Mason’s Department of History and Art History. Sponsored by the German Embassy Freedom Without Walls Program, and George Mason University’s annual Fall for the Book.

This event will take place Sunday, November 22, 2009 from 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM at George Mason University’s Johnson Center Cinema. For more information see the Fall for the Book website.

Jun 11 09

Conference: The German Question 1945-89, (Eichstaett, Nov., 2009)

Internationale und interdisziplinäre Konferenz

“Die deutsche Frage im Ost-West-Geflecht – zum 20. Jahrestag der Öffnung der Berliner Mauer”

Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, ZIMOS (05.-07. November 2009)

Die Öffnung der Berliner Mauer am 9. November 1989 erschütterte die seit 1945 erstarrte europäische Nachkriegsordnung und rief bei vielen Nachbarn Deutschlands alte Ängste hervor. Mit dem deutschen Einigungsprozeß war allerdings untrennbar die Überwindung der europäischen Spaltung verbunden, die die Erfüllung jahrzehntealter Träume der Europäer darstellte. Diese beiden Aspekte der damaligen Entwicklungen – Verunsicherung auf der einen und hoffnungsvolle Erwartung auf der anderen Seite – sollen im Rahmen der geplanten Konferenz untersucht werden. Sie wird sowohl auf den deutschen Einigungsprozeß als auch auf die Reaktionen der östlichen und westlichen Nachbarn Deutschlands auf diese Vorgänge eingehen. Besonders intensiv wird sie sich mit der Haltung Moskaus befassen, denn der Schlüssel zur deutschen Einheit war seit 1945 im Kreml deponiert. Die Beweggründe, die die sowjetische Führung zu seiner Herausgabe veranlaßt haben, geben bis heute Rätsel auf. Auch die Haltung Washingtons, die sich von derjenigen mancher unmittelbarer Nachbarn Deutschlands unterschied, soll im Rahmen der Tagung erörtert werden.

Die Tagung wird sich weiterhin mit der Geschichte der deutschen Frage sowohl im 19. als auch im 20. Jahrhundert beschäftigen. Im Anschluß an die Konferenz wird eine Podiumsdiskussion stattfinden, die sich mit folgenden Fragen befassen wird: Warum war die 1989 erfolgte Überwindung der europäischen Spaltung nicht von Dauer? Warum erlebt Europa 20 Jahre nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer eine Neuauflage des Ost-West-Konflikts?. An der Tagung werden sich Historiker, Politologen, Publizisten und Akteure der damaligen Ereignisse aus Ost und West beteiligen.

Anmeldung per E-Mail (zimos[at]ku-eichstaett.de) oder per Fax (08421-932717) bis zum 15.10.09

Teilnahmegebühr: Euro 18
Für Studierende, Auszubildende und Schüler: Euro 9
Mitglieder der KU: Eintritt frei

Donnerstag, 05.11.2009
16.00 Uhr: Einführung (Leonid Luks, Eichstätt)
16.15 Uhr Die Stalin-Noten von 1952 im Lichte neuer Dokumente aus russischen Archiven (Jürgen Zarusky, München)
17.00 Uhr Wladimir Semjonow über die deutsche Frage – zu den Aufzeichnungen des sowjetischen Deutschlandexperten (Boris Chavkin, Moskau)

Freitag, 06.11.2009
9.00 Uhr: Die Deutschlanddebatte in der nichtoffiziellen polnischen Publizistik der 1970er Jahre (Leonid Luks)
9.45 Uhr: Gorbatschow und die deutsche Frage (Alexander Vatlin, Moskau)
10.15 Uhr: Russische Reaktionen auf den deutschen Einigungsprozeß im Spiegel der Umfragen (Tatiana Timofeeva, Moskau)
11.00 Uhr: Die Deutschlandpolitik der Regierung Kohl nach dem Fall der Mauer (Horst Teltschik – angefragt)
11.45 Uhr: Die Auflösung der DDR (Andreas Umland, Eichstätt)
14.30 Uhr: Das sowjetische Militär und die deutsche Frage (1989-1990) (Zaur Gasimov, Mainz)
15.15 Uhr Die Reaktion der Regierung Mazowiecki auf den deutschen Einigungsprozeß (Wanda Jarzabek, Warschau)
16.15 Uhr: Ungarns Beitrag zur friedlichen Revolution in der DDR (Peter Durucz, Eichstätt)
17.00 Uhr: Die samtene Revolution in Prag und die deutsche Frage (Jan Pauer, Bremen – angefragt)
17.45. Uhr Der skeptische Verbündete – F. Mitterand und die deutsche Einheit (Klaus Schubert, Eichstätt)
19.00 Uhr: Empfang im Holzersaal

Samstag 07.11.2009
9.00 Uhr: Angelsächsische Widersprüche – Die Reaktion Londons und Washingtons auf den deutschen Einigungsprozeß (John Andreas Fuchs, Eichstätt)
9.45 Uhr: 1870/71 und 1989/90 – zwei deutsche Einigungsprozesse im Vergleich (Heinz Hürten, Eichstätt – angefragt)
10.45 Uhr: Droht Europa 20 Jahre nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer eine neue Ost-West-Konfrontation? Was liegt den Identitätskrisen der postkommunistischen Zivilgesellschaften zugrunde? Versuch einer Bilanz – Podiumsdiskussion.

Teilnehmer: Adam Michnik, Warschau – angefragt; Horst Teltschik – angefragt; G. Dalos, Berlin / Budapest – angefragt; Helmut Domke – angefragt; Christian Holtz; Vladimir Kantor, Moskau; Eitan Finkelstein, München; Referenten der Tagung “Die deutsche Frage im Ost-West-Geflecht” und Studierende des Masterstudienganges Internationale Beziehungen, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Leonid Luks
(In Zusammenarbeit mit Christian Holtz – Prof. der Akademie für Fragen der Rechtsordnung, Verteidigung und Sicherheit der Russ. Föderation – Beauftragter in Bayern, Denkendorf)

http://www1.ku-eichstaett.de/ZIMOS/

May 19 09

Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung newsletter

The Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung in Germany has released a newsletter to promote several events in various states and cities in Germany commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall and 20 years since the peaceful revolution and German unity. Read the announcement below, and click on the link to read the newsletter.

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

the aim of the Newsletter: 20 Years Peaceful Revolution and German Unity is to inform you about events coming up across Germany to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and German unity. There are a wide variety of events taking place: from talks from contemporary witnesses to photographic exhibitions, from school workshops to the showing of a series of films.

For the English Version of the Newsletter please refer to: http://www.stiftung-aufarbeitung.de/downloads/news/20_Years.pdf

We would be happy if you would forward the Newsletter to other interested people and institutions.

The Stiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur was set up in 1998, and is funded by the government and aims for an active and pluralistic debate with the communist dictatorship and its follow-on consequences for the unified Germany. The Stiftung does this through working together with private archives, and victims associations, the academic and political education as well as schools to put together events, publications, competitions and websites.

Best, Jens Hüttmann

Dr. Jens Hüttmann

Projektbüro “20 Jahre Friedliche Revolution”

Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur

Apr 29 09

Press Release from the German Embassy

*** German Embassy Press Release 57/09, April 28, 2009***

Freedom Without Walls — US Students to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall with Support from German Embassy

The Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, signaling the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a new era in transatlantic relations and European unity.

Twenty years later, in the fall of 2009, students at more than 25 US universities will celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by organizing Campus Weeks with financial and organizational support from the German Embassy in Washington DC.

German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth announced today the colleges and universites that were selected to partner with the Embassy and Germany’s Consulates General across the country in Washington DC on April 28, 2008.

The Campus Weeks are a component of Germany’s Freedom Without Walls campaign, an effort to reach out to the generation that was born around the time the wall came down.

Ambassador Scharioth explained that reaching today’s university students is critical if the memory and the inspiration of the fall of the wall is to be preserved. “Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the vestiges of the wall remind us that freedom is precious,” he said. “We are proud to support a new generation of future leaders in their effort to discover and to share what the fall of the wall means to them,” he continued.

The Freedom Without Walls Campus Weeks will include public speaking competitions and an art competition involving replicas of the Berlin Wall to be located across the country.

The German Embassy has created a website with information about the historic anniversary at www.Germany.info/withoutwalls, as well as a Freedom Without Walls page on Facebook. The Germany.info website contains comprehensive information about the history of Germany’s division and reunification, and it will document the Campus Weeks using online video and photos.

The Freedom Without Walls campaign is generously supported by Air Berlin (www.airberlin.com) and by the Max Kade Foundation, Inc.

The Goethe-Institut USA (http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/lp/enindex.htm) and the Wende Museum in Los Angeles (www.wendemuseum.org) provide support in kind for the German Embassy’s Freedom Without Walls campaign.

Attachment — List of Colleges and Universities participating in the Freedom Without Walls Campus Weeks 2009

Amherst College

Boston College

Bowdoin College

Brown University

California State University Long Beach

Canisius College, Buffalo

Chapman University, LA

University of Cincinnati

Columbia University

Cornell University

Duke University

University of Florida

University of South Florida

George Mason University

Georgetown University

Johns Hopkins University

University of Massachusetts — Amherst

University of Michigan

Middlebury College

University of Missouri-St. Louis

University of Oregon

Rice University

University of St. Thomas

UCLA — to be confirmed

Vanderbilt University

University of Virginia

Wartburg College

Washington University

Westminster College

Apr 27 09

Iconoclash

George Mason University’s own Marion Deshmukh presents Iconoclash: Political Imagery from the Berlin Wall to German Unification. This exhibit presents images representing the political atmosphere in Germany during the time of East Germany. The exhibit is on display from Wednesday, November 4, 2009, until Thursday, December 31, 2009, at the Goethe Institute in Washington, D.C. Get more information at the Goethe Institute, DC website.

Opening Reception of Iconoclash from David J. Miller on Vimeo.

IconoClash! Preview from David J. Miller on Vimeo.