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On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall in November 2019, the Department of Germanic Studies at UT Austin will organize a symposium to commemorate this historical event that in many ways links the histories of Germany and the United States. The aim of the symposium is to provide an interesting and diverse account of the history of the two Germanys, The Cold War, the fall of the Berlin wall and the transnational dimensions and US-German relations during these times and events. The symposium will combine scholarly talks on cultural, political and historical issues with a talk by Tyler Marshall, the former Germany correspondent of the Los Angeles Times, an interview with the American author Tim Mohr on the role of the GDR punk movement in the East German democratization movement, a film screening, and poster presentations by students of the Department of Germanic Studies at UT on various aspects of the Berlin wall’s history, its commemoration and its symbolism today. The symposium is for both an academic and a non-academic audience.
Friday, October 25 at 9:00am to 2:30pm
Briscoe Center for American History 2300 Red River St, Austin, TX 78712