25 Years: Fall of the Berlin Wall

UST celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – a monumental day in history that changed the world and eventually led to Germany's reunification. Since then other dictatorships have become democracies and a sense of global connectedness emerged, giving way to a new age of exciting opportunities. Americans are rightly proud of their own role in and contribution to these historic events.

The German Program and the German Club at the University of St. Thomas will host the Fall of the Berlin Wall Campus Weeks, a celebration of German and global culture and history beginning Thursday, October 16, 2014. Activities will include screenings of popular and lesser-known films from East and West Germany, a scavenger hunt, a day for high school students, an essay contest, and lectures. To mark the occasion, the UST German Club invites you to join them in painting on their makeshift wall and then smashing it down at the end of the campaign.

The University of St. Thomas is one of 40 campuses nationwide, and the only university in Minnesota, participating in this year’s campus campaign, which is sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic in Washington, D.C.

The UST German Program is accepting essays inspired by the events leading up to the fall of the wall. The first prize winner will receive an iPad and local winners of the competition will go on to compete in the national competition for prizes, such as a trip to Germany.

For more information about the Fall of the Wall Campus Campaign, contact Dr. Susanne M. Wagner, German Program Director at smwagner@stthomas.edu.

For updates follow the UST German Club on Facebook.

For directions see http://webapp.stthomas.edu/campusmaps/



  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • University of St. Thomas
    • Department of Modern & Classical Languages
    • German Program, University of St. Thomas
    • German Club, University of St. Thomas
  • Germanic-American Institute

Essay Contest: The Fall of the Wall

The University of St. Thomas’ German Program announces a campus-wide essay contest on the theme of The Fall of the Wall. The contest is sponsored by the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany in Washington DC. The Fall of the Wall, hopes to engage American students in
commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Germany has a very unique European history being divided for so long. In this year, though, we celebrate the reunification of Germany through the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

The winner of the essay contest will receive an iPad, national recognition, and possible publication of the essay in a German political magazine; runner-ups will receive cash prize.

Submission & Deadline: The essay along with the submission form must be submitted via email no later than 5:00pm, November 20, 2014.

Notification: The winners will be notified at the beginning of December.

Walls That Fell and Walls Still to Fall:

What the Fall of the Berlin Wall Means for Us Today

November 13, 2014 – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Hall (ASC, 3rd floor)

Reception and Lecture with Dr. Hamilton

25 years ago, the Berlin Wall cracked, the Iron Curtain dissolved, and the world was transformed. This autumn we celebrate the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Wall. The Berlin Wall no longer exists, but barriers to the human spirit have not fallen for all. There are still walls to fall in today's world -- walls of hatred, prejudice and discrimination; walls between ethnicities and races, gender and generation. Too many know violence, too many know hunger and poverty, too many are engulfed in pervasive struggles for power and control. New walls have appeared where old walls had vanished. It is an age of hopes vanquished, promises unfulfilled, dreams deferred.

Dr. Daniel S. Hamilton is an award-winning author, media commentator, and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also serves as Executive Director of the American Consortium on EU Studies.

He has taught at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Innsbruck, and the Hertie School of Governance. He is a former senior U.S. diplomat, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State; Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff for two U.S. Secretaries of State; Director for Policy for the Bureau of European Affairs, and Senior Policy Adviser to the U.S. Embassy in Germany.
In 2008 he served as the first Robert Bosch Foundation Senior Diplomatic Fellow in the German Foreign Office.

He has lived in Berlin and Germany for 15 years, including the dramatic days of 1989. During this time he served as a consultant to ABC News Nightline and other media covering the end of the Cold War. As Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Berlin, he regularly engaged with dissidents and officials on both sides of a divided city and a divided continent.

For questions: Dr. Susanne M. Wagner, smwagner@stthomas.edu
Sponsored by UST German Program & German Club and the German Embassy, Washington, DC.

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