Summer course: “30 Years Since the fall of the Berlin Wall”

A special summer course, “PearApples: We Are One People?  30 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall,” is a special summer course being presented at MAC on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Aug. 5-16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

It has been 30 years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Unification of Germany.  For 40 years prior to this world-changing event, Germany had lived, in the words of former West German Chancellor Willi Brandt, as “Two states in a single nation.”

Although Germany has become a single state again, the former German Democratic Republic (The East) and Federal Republic of Germany (West) remain distinct and in many ways still separate societies.

How united is Germany internally, psychologically, politically today?

What are the internal tensions, the desire to unite and the forces that push them apart?  Is there also a lesson to be learned for Americans?

Leading the class will be Todd Becker, a high-ranking American diplomat and lifelong student of Germany, and Christa Becker, an economist and trained hotel manager, and native of the German Democratic Republic. Together, they will travel the timeline of some 40 years of important historical events, based on their personal and professional experience, and reflecting the views and ideological context of their respective societies.

The course will provide a reflection on the historical, political and cultural differences and similarities of these two parts of Germany as it seeks to find a sense of unity, or learn to pursue their separate paths in Europe’s most populated, richest and most influential country.

The two are apples and pears – different in their shapes, tastes, and smells, but still belonging to the overall category of fruit.

The cost of the course is $15. For payment information and to register, call 410-742-0505, ext. 118.