Expert on the Berlin Wall to speak at Bridgewater College

bridgewaterDr. Hope M. Harrison, associate professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University, will speak on “The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and German Historical Memory” at7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

In 2003, Princeton University Press published Harrison’s first book, Driving the Soviets up the Wall: Soviet-East German Relations, 1953-1961, which won the 2004 Marshall Shulman Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies for the best book on the international behavior of the countries of the former communist bloc.

Harrison is currently working on a book manuscript for Cambridge University Press entitled After the Wall: Memory and the New Germany, 1989 to the Present.

Co-founder and co-director of GWU’s Cold War Group, Harrison is fluent in Russian and German and has worked extensively in archives in Moscow and Berlin.

She has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, the BBC and the History Channel and has been on the Wilson Center’s “Dialogue” radio show to discuss her work on the cold war.

On leave for the 2000-01 academic year, Harrison served in the White House on the National Security Council in both the Clinton and Bush administrations. She was director for European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibility for U.S. policy toward Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan.

The event is free and open to the public.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college, located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,800 undergraduate students.

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