Twenty years ago this week, the Berlin Wall, a symbol of division and oppression, was opened. In a spirit of appreciation for the role the United States played in the fall of the Wall, the German Information Center (part of the German Embassy) sponsored several dozen universities’ creative efforts to mark this historic anniversary. These recipients of Freedom Without Walls grants would aim to engage their universities in activities that enriched students’ understanding of civic division and the role of international cooperation in tearing down literal and figurative walls.
Georgetown was among these sponsored universities, and the German Department immediately looked into ways to increase awareness of their participation and programmed events using new media. A blog– created in consultation with CNDLS– was designed to serve several functions. First, it would serve as a digital “program,” with an informative page dedicated to each major event in the week-long series of activities (including speeches by students, a photograph exhibition, and the building and tearing down of a replica of the Wall on campus). Second, the site would host a blog area where the student leaders of the events could post conversational updates about their event preparations and plans. Finally, it would function as a piece of the larger Freedom Without Walls project, linking to the German Information Center’s resource-rich page on the fall of the Wall and showcasing the Freedom Without Walls logo.
While the blog’s theme was specially customized, all Digital Commons blog users can replicate one of the key features of the Freedom Without Walls blog with their own blogs. Notice that the site’s list of posts does not immediately appear, but can instead be found under a page called “The Wall.” You can indicate which page you’d like visitors to land on first by going to your dashboard, finding the “settings,” and selecting the “reading” sub-option. There you can indicate that you’d like to have a static page serve as your home page, and you can also designate which page should display your blog posts. This can be especially helpful if you’re developing a portfolio and would like to have an introductory page display first.
Please visit the Freedom Without Walls blog this week to find out more.