"A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall." Public Lecture by Paul Farber (University of Pennsylvania)

Monday, November 4, 2019
4:00PM, New Cabell Hall 236

A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall

Lecture by Paul M. Farber (Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Monument Lab and Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design)

Monday, November 4, NCH 236, 4:00PM. Free and open to the public.

Paul Farber's research and curatorial projects explore transnational urban history, cultural memory, and creative approaches to civic engagement. He is the author of A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall (University of North Carolina Press, 2020) which tells the untold story of a group of American artists and writers (Leonard Freed, Angela Davis, Shinkichi Tajiri, and Audre Lorde) who found refuge along the Berlin Wall and in Cold War Germany in order to confront political divisions back home in the United States. He is also the co-editor with Ken Lum of Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia (Temple University Press, 2019), a public art and history handbook and catalogue designed to generate new critical ways of thinking about and building monuments. Additionally, Farber has edited a new critical edition of photographer Leonard Freed’s Made in Germany (Steidl Verlag, 2013), co-edited a special issue of the journal Criticism on HBO's series, The Wire (Wayne State University Press, 2011), and contributed essays and advised the production of visual culture books including Leonard Freed's This Is the Day: The March on Washington (Getty Publications, 2013), Nathan Benn's Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972-1990 (powerHouse, 2013), and Jamel Shabazz's Pieces of a Man (ArtVoices, 2016). 

Cosponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost of the Arts, Center for German Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, European Studies Program, Corcoran Department of History, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and the Wunderbar Together Initiative of the Federal Republic of Germany. 

For more information, contact Prof. Achilles, ma6cq@virginia.edu