'Fall of Berlin Wall' observances include re-creation of wall today, talk tomorrow

The re-creation of the Berlin Wall today, Nov. 5, on the lower quadrangle of the University of St. Thomas, and a talk here tomorrow, Nov. 6, about life in East Berlin at the time the wall fell, are among the events on campus this week observing the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany.

Students are invited to add graffiti to the re-created Berlin Wall from noon to 1 p.m. today. It will be located on the quad and near the Arches.

Dr. Katrin Erdmann will speak at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the first-floor auditorium (Room 126) of the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts on the university's St. Paul campus. The talk is free and open to the public; refreshments will follow.

Erdmann, who was a 16-year-old in East Berlin when the wall fell, holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Hannover in Germany and now works at the Germanic American Institute in St. Paul.

On Wednesday, students here showed videos they made about the wall. The events are part of "Freedom Without Walls" observances being held on college campuses around the country this week and sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The events here are sponsored by the University of St. Thomas German Club.

A gala also is planned at the Germanic American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday evening, Nov. 8.

For more information about any of the Freedom Without Walls events, contact Meran Kreibich, president of the St. Thomas German Club, at mgkreibich@stthomas.edu or (608) 769-5290.