Student view on the London symposium

Amandeus Van Rossum, Middleburg, The Netherlands


The DCW symposium was a great experience for me; not only academically, but also socially. Due to the speakers at the symposium, I have gained more knowledge about the Berlin Wall, the Iron Curtain and its current situation.

The main speaker, the senior editor of the Economist Mr. Edward Lucas, gave a great lecture about the struggles between Eastern and Western Europe – pre-1989 and post-1989.

After his lecture, students from different countries all over Europe presented their papers, which all concerned an aspect related to the Iron Curtain. For example, a scientific, philosophical, political or sociological approach to both sides of the Iron Curtain.

These students have become friends, even within the short amount of time we had. During the symposium, but also in between and after, we had many interesting conversations. During this weekend, I had an amazing time which is something I will cherish for the time to come.


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