Berlin Wall Memorial Week at Cornell

Our Berlin Wall Memorial Week at Cornell kicks off on Tuesday, September 22nd! The following is a list of the events that will be taking place. Come out to the Arts Quad and check it out!

On Tuesday, September 22 a replica of the Wall will be placed on the Cornell Arts Quad. At noon we will begin the wall art competition “Über-Free,” for which a select group of students will cover each section with graffiti art. The winner will enter a national competition with a chance to win two free tickets to Berlin.

On September 22nd from 4:30 – 5:30 PM a themed charity race – Breakthrough! – will take place on Cornell University’s Arts Quad. Donations from local businesses and raffle proceeds will go to the downtown food bank and kitchen, Loaves and Fishes. The event will involve teams of students creatively navigating obstacles and tasks that deal in various ways with the history of the Berlin Wall and the Cold War.

A public speaking competition entitled “Tear Down This Wall!” will be held from 12:20-1:10 PM on Wednesday, September 23 in front of the replica of the wall. Each participant, playing the role of a U.S. president, will speak on the topic of freedom.
On the evening of Wednesday, September 23 at 5:00 PM there will be a screening of select films relating to the Berlin Wall will and its subsequent fall in Kaufmann Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall on the Cornell Campus.

Thursday, September 24 there will be a panel discussion on the fall of the wall held in 142 Goldwin Smith Hall on the Cornell Campus. The conversation will be led by guests from campus and beyond, including eyewitnesses from Berlin.

Saturday, September 26 at 11:00 AM begins the DAAD Weekend “1989 for the 21st Century.” Sponsored by the Department of German Studies and the German Academic Exchange Service, papers presented at this conference will treat upon the year 1989 in German culture and politics.

The week will conclude with a gala event on September 26th at 6:00 PM themed “Ich bin ein Berliner.” The event is by invitation only.

Raffle tickets for airfare from New York to Berlin will be sold at all events. The drawing will take place at the gala on Saturday. Proceeds will also be donated to Loaves and Fishes.

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