On the evening of Friday, September 18th, in a residential neighbourhood on the fringe of one of the world’s most vibrant cities, something odd occurred at Bard College Berlin. This is a time when one might expect the students of BCB to be out and about the city, or simply doing their best not to
Mila Rosenthal sat in the kitchen of her apartment a week before the first air raid of her city: Berlin. Her son, Peter, was still asleep in his room. Mila set the kettle on the stove top and walked around aimlessly, humming to herself. As the water began to boil, she watched the steam rise.
Pariser Platz, the site where one can find the renowned Brandenburg Tor, is one of the most crowded spaces in Berlin. How many times have you found yourself wandering across it, trying to avoid the massive groups of tourists (especially in spring and summer) admiring the Gate or taking pictures in front of it? And
Museum Island – the island of grand architecture, remarkable artworks and astonishing exhibits––stands incomplete before us today. It is impossible to miss it: the hole in the center of Berlin, surrounded by the city’s greatest and widely known museums; the place where the Berlin City Palace (Stadtschloss Berlin) once stood. 580 years after its cornerstone
The spring academic excursions, during which it’s possible to get out of class and combine a trip to the museum with a nice street walk around the city, are my favorite part of the curriculum. Even though this semester my selected courses didn’t generally include field trips, I used the chance to join the class
“Teacher: How was the Roman Empire cut in half? Pupil: With a pair of Caesars!” On Friday, 4th February, 2011, Professor Peter Heather of King’s College London gave a lecture on the fall of Rome to students of the ‘Conservatism & Reaction’ course. Professor Heather began by stating that the Roman, Ottoman and British empires
The very idea of a Jewish Museum in Berlin speaks for the change in the global political and social scenario in the past fifty years. A visit to the Jewish Museum Berlin by ECLA students was arranged by Ryan Plumley, primarily for the “What is History?” class. The Museum visit was one of the most interesting
Ostalgie is a German term composed of Ost (East) and Nostalgie (nostalgia). It refers to the history and culture of the GDR, and relates to former East Berlin – the current location of ECLA. The film screening of ‘Good Bye Lenin!’ followed by the guest lecture by Dr. Sean Allan from the University of Warwick