School faculty to speak at "Fall of the Wall" discussion

J-School Dean Larry Abramson and Associate Professor Henriette Löwisch will speak on a upcoming discussion panel to share their stories of their experiences with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The discussion, titled “Views Then and Now on the Fall of the Wall,” is part of Wall Weeks at the University of Montana, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The panel will feature Dean Abramson and Löwisch, along with former NPR Foreign and Diplomatic Correspondent, Mike Shuster.

Dean Abramson said he covered the fall of the Berlin wall with Shuster in 1989.

“I think the idea…is to get people to tell their personal stories about how they ended up where they were when the wall came down and what it felt like,” Abramson said. “I had sort of a long relationship with Berlin. I lived there for a while and had gone there several times and was just as surprised as everybody else. It was just like having the rug totally pulled out from under you.”

Löwisch was born and raised in Berlin and still lives there for part of the year.

“It was a pretty inspiring moment and I think it also was a unique event on the world stage,” Abramson said. “It was one of these transnational experiences that everybody participated in and it was probably one of the few really important good news stories that we got to cover.”

The discussion panel will take place on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher Business Building.

The month long commemoration is organized by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures and will feature several film screenings, the construction and tear down of a symbolic wall on the Oval and a lecture by visiting professor of history, Bradley Naranch.

- posted on 10/23/14 -