New York University’s Deutsches Haus will host a roundtable discussion, “Walls of Berlin, Europe, and Beyond,” on Tuesday, November 10, 6-8 p.m., 42 Washington Mews (at University Place). The event, co-sponsored with NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, is free and open to the public. Call 212.998.3838 for more information. Subway Lines: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).
Panelists will address issues of borders or walls in history and the contemporary world, as dividing lines between countries and cultures, and as devices to keep unwanted people and phenomena out and others in. These “walls” include, among others, the northern border of the Roman Empire, the Great Wall of China, the Iron Curtain in post-1945 Europe, the Eastern border of the European Union, the U.S.-Mexican border, and the Berlin wall. Participants and presentations include:
- Anna Schwarz, a sociologist at European University Viadrina, “The Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989 - German and International Causes for Its Construction and Demolition”
- Thomas Burns, a historian at Emory University, “Roman Frontiers-Civilizational Borders?”
- Xudong Zhang, a professor of the Department of East Asian Studies and director of NYU China House, “The Chinese Wall”
- Peter Andreas, a political scientist at Brown University, “Barricaded Borders in a Borderless World”
The event will be moderated by Michael Minkenberg, the Max Weber Chair for German and European Studies at NYU.