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Film Series

(Fridays, Yost Auditorium, 7pm)

 Oct. 10th - The Legend of Paul and Paula

Oct. 17th - Behind the Wall

Oct. 24th - The Lives of Others

Oct. 31st - Leipzig in the Fall

Nov. 7th - Good Bye, Lenin



Facebook Trivia Question

Answer the Fall of the Wall trivia question of the day on theW&J Modern Languages Facebook page for a chance to win fun prizes (environmentally bag, colorful T-shirts, awesome pens, and most important Gummibären)!


25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Wall of Change

To mark the 25th anniversary we invite the W&J campus community to help us build a WALL OF CHANGE to celebrate the Fall of the Berlin Wall 1989 but also to remind us that a lot of work has yet to be done in the world.

You need to create an element for this “Wall” made from a cardboard box on which you will draw a piece of “graffiti” about something that you think needs changing in our world today (e.g. war, human rights abuses, violence, environmental pollution, racism, intolerance, etc.). 

We will construct our WALL OF CHANGE starting on Oct. 31st in BURNETT 2nd floor (alcove). Please bring your wall element to this location and add it to the wall at any time. On November 9th at 4:30 we will move the wall in front of the BURNETT building at Washington & Jefferson College. 

More information on how to prepare and create your element can be found here: Mauerelemete1-short.pdf


Essay Competition

The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was built in 1961 and while the wall’s Berlin sections were the most famous, the wall marked the entire border between East and West. This wall divided not only the capital city’s citizens, but also Germany itself until November 9, 1989 and was the symbol of the Cold War, the most visible piece of the Iron Curtain that divided the East and West, Communism and Capitalism. Today an entire generation has grown up learning about the Berlin Wall only as a part of Cold War history, giving young people today a different perspective on this era. Pieces of the wall only exist today as monuments or museum exhibits all around the world.

How do you think young people today differ in their views of the significance of the Berlin Wall than older generations? Do you think the lessons learned from a divided Germany apply in the modern world or is it an era whose elements have no meaning for young people today? Is it important to look back and remember this period in history especially given current political events (such as the crisis in Ukraine and the conflict between Russia and the Western World)? 

Length of Paper: 2500 words maximum (in English)

Submission Deadline: Nov. 9th, 2014

Submit electronically to:

Three campus-wide winners will be chosen by a jury of professors (blind review) and be awarded prizes (in the form of Amazon gift cards): $250 for 1st prize, $150 for 2nd prize, and $50 for 3rd prize. All participants will receive a small gift. 

Essay Competition.pdf