Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
September 29, 2009

In conjunction with the Wall Project, The Wende Museum's civic commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, former U.S. Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic (GDR) Richard Barkley, Consul Michael Ott and dramaturge Uta Schorlemmer discussed the dramatic events leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent final days of the GDR. Richard Barkley served as the last American Ambassador to the GDR from 1988 to 1990, before the reunification of Germany.  Michael Ott is Consul of Cultural Affairs for the General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles.  Uta Schorlemmer is the daughter of the famous Wittenberg pastor and dissident in GDR, Frederick Schorlemmer.

Moderated by Gregory Rodriguez, Irvine Senior Fellow and director of the California Fellows Program at New America Foundation.  Support provided by the Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA.

Bing Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
February 28, 2009

This multi-day film series, organized in collaboration with DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, focused on films made just as the Berlin Wall collapsed and East Germany began to crumble. It showcased thirteen feature films and five documentaries made by the last generation of filmmakers trained in the German Democratic Republic.