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Public Affairs Discussion Group

University Circle Update

Steven Litt - Architecture Critic, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Friday December 2, 2011
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

It's always a pleasure to welcome back to the Public Affairs Discussion Lunch Steve Litt of The Plain Dealer. Steve's trenchant analysis of art, architecture and urban design has covered the significant developments in the Cleveland region for the past twenty years, and there is a lot to discuss about our University Circle area right now. New buildings have been recently completed: the Seidman Center of UH and new CARES tower of the Stokes Medical Center. Others are in construction: the Museum of Contemporary Art and the surrounding Triangle complex. Others have been announced: the planned student center and the Cleveland Institute of Art's expanded Euclid Avenue facility.

The questions about local development are not limited to esthetics. The Triangle projects, creation of the Maltz Center for the Performing Arts in the historic Temple-Tifereth Israel builiding, and plans for a new pedestrian bridge and RTA station all seek to make University Circle a larger, more coherent, more accessible and more lively area. Will it work? What are the challenges? This is a topic that affects our daily lives and everyone will have opinions.

Very best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest...

Steven Litt joined The Plain Dealer as its art and architecture critic in 1991, after having held the same position since 1984 at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He speaks frequently on architecture and planning in Cleveland, and is a frequent guest on public radio, WPCN 90.3FM and television, WVIZ. He is also a regular contributor to ARTnews and other national publications. Litt holds a bachelor's degree in art from Brown University and a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, where he now chairs the development committee of the school's Alumni Board. Since 2004 he has been named Best Critic in Ohio twice by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and three times by the Cleveland Press Club. In 2010, Litt was awarded the Robert Bergman Prize of the Cleveland Arts Prize, given to community leaders dedicated to a democratic vision of the arts.

Where We Meet

This year the Friday Public Affairs Lunch will convene each Friday when classes are in session in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. There is also on-street parking on both East Drive and Bellflower. Both are fairly short walks from the library.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

December 9: Outsourcing and Offshoring Legal Services.  Cassandra Burke Robertson, Associate Professor of Law
November 29, 2011

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Upcoming Events

The Berlin Wall After 50 Years

Hope M. Harrison, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, The George Washington University, November 30, 2011, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Clark 309, Case Western Reserve University, Sponsored by the Max Kade Center for German Studies.

Fifty years ago on August 13, 1961, the East Germans sealed the border between East and West Berlin and began to build what became known as the Berlin Wall. The Wall symbolized the global Cold War conflict and the repression of communism, and its peaceful fall on November 9, 1989 signaled the end of the Cold War and of communism in Europe.

Based on extensive research in archives in Moscow and Berlin, Professor Hope M. Harrison will illuminate the secret behind-the-scenes maneuvers between the East German and Soviet leaders which led to the building of the Wall, including her surprising findings about the ways in which the aggressive East German leadership pushed the reluctant Soviets into agreeing to seal the border in Berlin. She will also discuss recent debates in unified Germany about the history and legacy of the Berlin Wall, based on her extensive interviews and research in Berlin on the subject.

Views on the history of the Berlin Wall and how it should be commemorated have become highly politicized in Germany, particularly around the anniversaries of the erection and fall of the Wall. This year's 50th anniversary of the Wall was no exception. Germany is in the midst of a second coming to terms with difficult aspects of its past, focusing this time on the communist East Germany past, but the process is strongly influenced by how Germany has come to terms with its Nazi past.

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