Office of International Education Presents Fall Events
(Oct. 18, 2012) Armstrong's Office of International Education announces on-campus events for the fall semester. An illuminating documentary on North Korea and a lively look at today's reunified Berlin provide Armstrong students, faculty and staff and the greater Savannah community an opportunity to expand their own horizons without leaving town. Both events take place in the Student Union's Ogeechee Theatre on the Armstrong Campus, 11935 Abercorn St., and are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 12:30p.m., Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) will provide a screening and discussion of “The Plight of Refugees in North Korea,” an eye-opening documentary of one of the most repressive countries in the world. The presentation will remind the audience of the many incredible challenges the North Korean people face in an environment that the United Nations has described as “harrowing and horrific.”
LiNK is the only full-time grassroots organization in North America devoted to the North Korean human rights and humanitarian crises. It provides protection and aid to North Korean refugees hiding in China and, utilizing a modern-day underground railroad through Southeast Asia, rescues refugees and helps them reach freedom. Their global grassroots movement works to redefine public perception of North Korea, shifting attention away from the politics and on to the people, and provides a way for concerned citizens to come alongside the North Korean people and help bring about positive change. For more information on LiNK, visit their web site.
On Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:00p.m, the Office of International Education and its co-sponsors, the Germany Friendly Society and the German Heritage Society of Savannah, will welcome Dr. Andrea Mehränder, executive director of the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation, who will open a window to contemporary Berlin with her talk, “Reunified Berlin 23 Years After the Fall of the Wall.”
Mehränder answers the question of what the German capital really looks like today and why the bustling metropolis advertises itself as “poor but sexy.” Her talk will explain how Berlin has become Europe's hotspot for creative industries, fashion labels and IT startups and a cradle of democracy.
Mehränder is a native of Berlin and has worked for the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation since 2001. The Foundation was founded in 1994 by the Berlin State Legislature to foster German-American relations with special consideration for the role that the U.S. played in Berlin between 1945 and 1994. Since its founding, the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation has supported and implemented nearly 500 German-American projects.