Construction and destruction of a mock "Berlin Wall" on the Davidson campus-complete with spray – paint cans for graffiti by passersby – will serve as a "concrete" centerpiece (made of particle board), in a week of events to commemorate the real wall's fall 25 years ago.
From Nov. 2-9, Davidson will host a series of Wall-themed films, an "Eyewitness to History" panel, a Berlin Wall trivia contest, a staged reading of a banned play, visits by local and international dignitaries and a Nov. 5 keynote address by an elder statesman of Germany's reunification, who also was Davidson's first German exchange student after World War II.
Kurt Biedenkopf attended Davidson in 1949-50 and went on to become one of the leading German statesmen of the last 50 years. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany, he was the first minister-president of the revived Free State of Saxony, serving until 2002.
At 8 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the Lilly Family Gallery, Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter '72, Charlotte's German Honorary Consul Klaus Becker and Davidson President Carol Quillen will attend Biedenkopf's public keynote address. After his talk, Biedenkopf and the others will sign the wall in the plaza behind the Lilly Gallery.
At 6 p.m. on Nov. 9, revelers will gather by the wall in Richardson Plaza behind Chambers Building for a "Fall of the Wall" party, capped by destruction of the Wall!
For complete information and schedule of the week's events, visit "Fall of the Berlin Wall: 25 Years On."
"Fall of the Berlin Wall: 25 Years On" is supported by the German Embassy, the German Honorary Consul's NC Zeitgeist Foundation, the American Council on Germany, Lufthansa German Airlines, and the German Studies Department at Davidson College.