Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga., will hold the 1st Graffiti for Freedom/Fall of the Berlin Wall Day celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Tuesday, November 10, from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center. The public is invited to come take part.
Students, faculty, staff, and community members will have the chance to speak and to produce art that expresses their feelings about the impact of the events of November 1989 on our world. Some of the speakers will include Dr. Theresa L. Ast, associate professor of history at Reinhardt, who will share memories of growing up in a divided Europe, and Dr. Donna L. Coffey, associate professor of English, who experienced the wall in 1988 just a year before its fall. Other students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to speak briefly, as well.
Dr. Pamela Wilson, associate professor of communication at Reinhardt, is spearheading the event. She said participants will also be invited to help decorate a symbolic Wall, a 200-foot roll of Stalinist-concrete-colored paper. Markers will be supplied to use to create Berlin Wall graffiti just as West Berliners were able to do (East Berliners were not allowed to decorate their side of the Wall). Segments of this new Berlin Wall Memorial will then be installed around the Reinhardt campus as a continuing memorial.
The idea for the program grew out of a brainstorming session between Wilson, Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Donald G. Gregory and Assistant Professor of Communication J. Brian O'Loughlin. They are planning a study abroad program, Reinhardt in Central Europe, during the summer of 2010. At about 3:20, a short informational meeting will be held about the study abroad program, which features a 3-week trip to Europe in the tuition costs.
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