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Contemporary History | Berlin and the Cold War, Oct. 1 and 2

The Ohio University Contemporary History Institute hosts a virtual international symposium on "Berlin and the Cold War" on Oct. 1 and 2.

The symposium will address questions of strategies and alliances and is free and open to the general public.

The conveners are Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer, professor of History and director of the Contemporary History Institute, and Dr. Seth Givens, historian at the United States Marine Corps History Division at Quantico, Va. Givens earned a Ph.D. in history from Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences in 2018 and was the 2014-15 Baker Peace Fellow.

External sponsors include the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation and the German Foreign Office, with support from the Allied Museum in Berlin.

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Friday, Oct. 1 Schedule

1 – 1:30 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks

  • Dr. Joseph Shields (Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, Ohio University)
  • Professor Ingo Trauschweizer (Contemporary History Institute, Ohio University)

1:30 – 3 p.m. Postwar to Cold War (1945-1957)

  • Seth A. Givens (U.S. Marine Corps History Division): US and the defense of West Berlin
  • Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center): Berlin and the 1953 uprising
  • Petra Goedde (Temple University): German-American cultural diplomacy and GIs in Berlin

Saturday, Oct. 2 Schedule

10 – 11:30 a.m. Crises (1958-1971)

  • Erin Mahan (Office of the Secretary of Defense): Intra-alliance politics and Berlin
  • Hope Harrison (George Washington University) Soviets, East Germans, and the Berlin Wall
  • Thomas Schwartz (Vanderbilt University): Berlin and the Johnson and Nixon administrations

1:30 – 3 p.m. Beyond the Cold War in Berlin (1972-1990s)

  • Stephan Kieninger (independent scholar): the Quadripartite Agreement (1971)
  • Vladislav Zubok (London School of Economics): Berlin, Soviets, and end of the Cold War
  • Peter Ridder (Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg): West German and American visions for Berlin

3 – 3:30 p.m. Concluding remarks

  • Wolfang Mössinger (German Consul-General at Chicago): “Are We in a New Cold War?”

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