Before dawn on August 13, 1961 East German workers began erecting the concrete and barbed wire Antifascistischer Schutzwall, or as it would come to be known, the Berlin Wall. Free West Berlin was long a “bone in the throat” of the Soviet East, and the Berlin Wall ended East Berliners’ brief glimpse into a more prosperous and flourishing society. More than any other structure, this wall became the physical symbol of the Iron Curtain that culturally, politically, and ideologically divided the Soviet satellite states from the United States and Western Europe. At this conference we will mark the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by exploring the ways in which Marxism, the ideology that fueled the Cold War and the construction of the wall, is still a powerful force in society today and the dangers that present themselves when these ideas and impulses work their way into various corners of society.
Accepted participants will receive a conference package that includes single-occupancy lodging, meals, and limited travel assistance. There are no fees to attend; participants must apply to attend.
Application closed on October 16, 2019.