1989—End or Beginning?

A series of events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be held on the University of Georgia campus Nov. 5-11.

“1989—End or Beginning? The 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Revolutions in Eastern Europe” will feature scholars from UGA and other universities and will include a companion film festival at Ciné Art House Movie Theater in downtown Athens.

The events are sponsored by the University of Georgia’s department of Germanic & Slavic Studies which is part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and Ideas for Creative Exploration. Support for the film festival, which presents films from Germany, Romania and the Czech Republic, was provided by the President’s Venture Fund.

For information, call the department of Germanic & Slavic Studies at 706/542-3663 or see http://www.gsstudies.uga.edu.


Thursday, Nov. 5, 302 Caldwell Hall
4-5:30 p.m. “End or Beginning? The Revolutions of 1989.”

A roundtable discussion moderated by Gary Bertsch, founding director of the UGA Center for International Trade and Security, with:

Christopher Allen (UGA School for Public and International Affairs)
Jaroslav Tir (UGA School for Public and International Affairs)
Hubert Tworzecki (Emory University, political science)
German Consul General Lutz Hermann Görgens (Atlanta)

Friday, Nov. 6, 150 Miller Learning Center
4-5 p.m.“Wendekino—Cinema of Change”

The revolution of 1989 and its aftermath in German film. A presentation by Christine Haase, Germanic and Slavic studies, and Antje Ascheid, department of theater and film studies, moderated by Richard Neupert, theater and film studies. Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Friday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 8
Wendekino film Festival, Ciné Art House Theater

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the revolutions of 1989 in German and Eastern European Film. The line-up includes Kolya (Czech Republic, 1996), Winter Ade (East Germany, 1988), Berlin is in Germany (Germany, 2001), 12:08 East of Bucharest (Romania, 2006) and The Legend of Rita (Germany, 2000). Films will be introduced by Germanic & Slavic and theater and film studies faculty. Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave.

Monday, Nov. 9
4:30-6:30 p.m. “Remembering Nov. 9, 1989”

“Mauer, Music, Memories: A Celebration of the Fall of the Wall”
Lead by Brechtje Beuker and Brigitte Rossbacher, Germanic & Slavic Studies. Joseph Brown Hall, Lobby

8 a.m.-12 p.m. “Checkpoint!”

A collaborative art project that explores historic and contemporary barriers in a series of installations throughout the Athens community during the week leading up to Nov. 9. The project will culminate in a participatory event at Tate Plaza with video projections of art and archival footage on a scale replica of a section of the Berlin Wall. Sponsored by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) at UGA. Tate Plaza.

Wednesday, Nov. 11
7 p.m. Special screening: Silent Country (Germany, 1992), winner of the 1993 German Critics’ Award and directed by one of Germany’s most successful contemporary directors, Andreas Dresen. Features the fall of the Berlin Wall as experienced by a small-town East German theater group engaged in the production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Introduction by Christine Haase, Germanic & Slavic Studies. Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave.