Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Jerome Williams
109 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048
Jerome Williams


The Wallprojekt-2013. Anticipating & Commemorating the 25 Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall-2014.

Das Leben der Anderen

TITLE: Award-winning Film and Discussion of The Lives of Others
DATE: November 6, 2013, Wednesday.
TIME: 12:15-3 p.m.
LOCATION: WCU Sykes Theater
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The critically acclaimed film, Oscar-winning film The Lives of Others (Best Foreign Film, 2006) will be shown as part of WCU's commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. This "nail-biter of a thriller" (film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum) explores the inner-workings of the East German secret police known as the Stasi. The film explores the morally questionable compromises that the loyal agent must make against his conscience, the fragility of friendship and love under a dictatorship, and the role of art in transforming one's world view and one's values. Following the film there will be a lively interdisciplinary discussion. Facilitator: Prof. Margarete Landwehr and Dr. Peter Loedel.

TITLE: Role of the Protestant Church in the Peaceful Revolution.
DATE: November 6, 2013, Wednesday.
TIME: 4:30-7:00 p.m.; 7-8 German Meal.
LOCATION: WCU Sykes Theater
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: This interdisciplinary discussion anticipates the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent reunification of Germany. The evening will focus on the role of the Protestant Church in this "peaceful revolution," and explore the socio, political, cultural, and moral forces that brought this Wende (as the Germans call it) about or "Turning Point" that eventually helped to change the political landscape of Europe. Facilitator: Prof. Jean E. Godsall-Myers. The program will feature a film, a presentation, and a discussion, followed by some typical German food to enjoy afterwards.

TITLE: Role of Sport in the East and West
DATE: November 7, 2013, Thursday.
TIME: 3:30 -5:30 p.m.; 5:30-6:30 German Food served.
LOCATION: SSL 151
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: This presentation will explore the way sport was organized in the former East and West Germany, and the consequences regarding outcomes at the international levels. Slides from fall of wall as well as East German sport will illustrate this historical time and topic. Unification had a dramatic effect on the former glorification of sport on East Germany. Facilitator: Dr. Karin Volkwein-Caplan , Professor of Kinesiology & special guests.

These programs are co-sponsored by: The Department of Social Work, The German Program, Dept. of Languages & Culture, Dept. of Kinesiology, and the Dept. of Political Science.