March 2nd, 2012

Photo of the Week: Quest For Freedom

lc-db provides us with this encouraging photo, wherein you’ll see a section of the Berlin Wall at the James Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. It might seem as if it’s just a chunk of concrete, but the sheer size and amount of wear evident on its exterior help to convey what its purpose in Germany represented.

When it came down in 1989, its remnants took on an entirely new meaning. As University President Malcolm Gillis said at its opening in 2001, it now speaks to “the human mind and the human spirit in its quest for freedom.”

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The quote above comes via:
B.J. Almonds, Rice University News Staff, “Press Release Regarding the Berlin Wall Memorial at the Baker Institute (Rice University),” Making the History of 1989, Item #564, http://chnm.gmu.edu/1989/items/show/564 (accessed March 02 2012, 6:36 am).

— Richard

Comments

Not Josh Reynolds — Wednesday, March 7, 2012 9:56 am

Remember when Reagan dragon-shouted that wall down? He actually said “FUS RO DAH!”, although it was commonly misinterpreted as “Mr. Gorbechav, tear down this wall.”

Nerd citation: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon_Shouts

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