Recently I organized a series of events at Bentley University to commemorate the Fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. The main part was an exhibition that consisted of two parts: the projection of a ‘Virtual Wall’ (2008) by Tamiko Thiel and Teresa Reuter. The Virtual Wall is an interactive display of the Berlin Wall. In addition the exhibition displayed a series of original 1989 pictures by various photographers taken in Berlin during the days of the fall of the wall. The exhibition was opened by the German Consul General in Boston Herr Rolf Schuette.
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My classes had the opportunity to ask the President of Chile some questions by way of an intermediate, who was guest at a lunch attended by Ms. Bachelet in the wake of the General Assembly of the United Nations on September. We posed for pictures support our questions.
Our GLS 101 class on Globalization asked:
‘Do you consider ever growing international economic and financial connections an opportunity for or a challenge to Chile’s political and economic structure?’
Her Excellency Answers:” Clearly an Opportunity! Strong Pacific Alliance, Excellent Trade Platform, which might lead to further democratic reform in the region. I see Chile as a bridge to and a port for other countries.”
Our GLS 102 class on Comparative Government and Politics asked:
‘What do you regard the most important factors that have added to Chile’s political stability and economic progress since 1990 vis-à-vis other countries in South America?’
Her Excellency Answers: “Open Economy, Free Trade, Credible Politics, Reforms, Energy Calendar.”