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Reinhardt College Observes 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Reinhardt students, faculty and staff gathered on Nov. 10, 2009, from 2 - 4 p.m. to remember and interpret the fall of the Berlin Wall.

"I want students to understand the significance of this day, as well as the other historic events of 1989 and how they shaped the world we live in today, and how they still resonate," said Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Pamela S. Wilson. "Though many of our students weren't yet born, or were babies, in 1989, I want them to feel the emotion of that time... I wanted to have a participatory event... and to also have a tangible reminder, this wall, to use around campus for teaching and as a point of discussion."

During the program, faculty, staff and students spoke about the wall and their memories of the fall. Others spoke about experiences they or their family members have had in Eastern Europe. Participants were invited to leave messages on the symbolic paper Berlin Wall; sections of Reinhardt's wall will be displayed in various classrooms and locations on the Waleska, Ga. campus.


Kelsey Syers commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thai Crommer uses her artistic talents to share her sentiments about the fall of the Berlin Wall at Reinhardt College.

Kelsey Syers, a sophomore from Canton, Ga., adds colorful artwork "graffiti" to Reinhardt College's symbolic Berlin Wall.

Reinhardt sophomore Thai Cromer's artistic rendering of "Down with the Wall" echoes the excitement of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989. She added her work to a symbolic paper Berlin Wall on Nov. 10, 2009, during the College's observance of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall.

Students, faculty and staff add their comments to a symbolic Berlin Wall at Reinhardt College.

Reinhardt College faculty, staff, and students, including Kelsey Syers (clockwise from left), Thai Cromer, Carey Whipple and Jon Bradshaw, left messages of hope, peace and freedom on Reinhardt's symbolic Berlin Wall.

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