The Legacy of 1989: The Impact of the Collapse of Socialist Systems on the Unification Generation
Join the Alumni Project Berlin to expand your knowledge of the historical events of 1989, the democratic resurgence in Eastern Europe, and the challenges it faces today. The one-day event will explore leadership strategies to address those current day challenges while reflecting on lessons learned from the past. Participants will engage with some of Germany's most influential civil rights leaders, contextualize changes in their own spheres of influence, and gain new knowledge and contacts to drive democracy in Europe and the United States — all in the creative city of Berlin.
The Alumni Project Berlin – 'Legacy of 1989: The Impact of the Collapse of Socialist Systems on the Unification Generation' is limited to alumni of GMF’s leadership development programs, however; each alumnus may bring a guest who may benefit from the conversation. The registration fee is $50 per person, covering the full day’s program, meals, and ground transportation. The fee is non-refundable, and participants are responsible for their own arrival and departure from Berlin. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend the event, please reach out to GMF. The Alumni Project is part of GMF’s Alumni Leadership Project Initiative committed to providing the MMF community with opportunities to connect to issues and developments that shape the transatlantic community. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org, Nicole Stelzner (MMF '12) at email@example.com, or Angela Pasch (MMF '12) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GMF’s Legacy of ’89 series marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the subsequent unification of Germany, and political transformations across Europe. Examining the cultural, political, social, and economic aspects of these watershed moments of the 20th century, The Legacy of ’89 brings together intellectuals, former and current government officials, and members of the media for reflection, stocktaking, and innovative policy prescriptive conversations amongst the transatlantic and pan-European communities.
- Visit to the Berlin Wall Memorial
- Lunch discussion on the rise of populism and challenges to modern democracies
- Visit to the Reichstag, seat of the German Parliament
- Panel discussion on 'European & Global State of Affairs: Lessons learned from 1989'
- Evening reception and garden party
David Gill (NLF '94), Head of the Office of the President, The Federal Republic of Germany
Blerta Hoxha (MMF '12), Political Advisor, U.S. Embassy to Albania
Professor Axel Klausmeier, Director, Berlin Wall Memorial, Germany
Thomas Krüger, President, Federal Agency for Civic Education of Germany
Christoph Lanz, Former Editor-in-Chief, Deutsche Welle TV, Germany
Sandor Lederer (MMF '12), Founder and Executive Director, K-Monitor Watchdog for Public Funds
Carsten Schneider, Member of the Bundestag, Germany
Dagmar Szabados (NLF '91), Mayor, City of Halle, Germany