On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down, reuniting the people of Germany and signifying the physical and psychological end to the Cold War in Eastern Europe. In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall, the non-profit German School of Monmouth County and Monmouth University’s Honors School present an interactive discussion with former United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and Middletown resident Philip Murphy on November 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Wilson Hall on the campus of Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ. This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Please RSVP by October 28, 2014, to James Coon.
Murphy’s presentation, “Germany, Europe and America: 25 years after the Fall of the Wall,” will focus on foreign policy and international relations. The evening includes a presentation from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a brief question and answer session from 8 to 8:30 p.m.
“On the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the United States and Germany can look to its collective past for a path to potential solutions for current world problems. Today, students have more opportunities than ever before to use their education to make a difference here and abroad,” says Murphy.
Since 2007, the German School of Monmouth County has offered language classes and cultural events to the Jersey Shore. “In addition to teaching German, we are bringing international cultural events to the community and are thrilled we can work with Mr. Murphy and Monmouth University to share his extensive knowledge and insights on foreign policy and international relations with us,” says German School of Monmouth County Principal Michaela Greco.
“We are thrilled to have the former ambassador speak on campus,” says Kevin Dooley, dean of Monmouth University’s Honors School. “Murphy’s distinguished career as a public servant provides a unique perspective on US/German relations and makes him an ideal speaker for this anniversary event.”
“The Honors School at Monmouth University offers an exciting college experience while preparing students for lifelong success. Courses are clustered together so that students can experience common themes across several disciplines. In essence, the Honors School is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary academic experience that focuses on research, coursework and other exciting opportunities. Since most of the first year Honors students live in the same residence hall, a community of scholars is established that helps foster life-long friendships centered around their intellectual and emotional development,” says Dooley.