Von Berlin to Kitchener: Connotations and CulturesExport this event to calendar

Thursday, September 15, 2016 — 7:00 PM EDT

old photo of Berlin, OntarioBerlin’s name change to Kitchener was not just a simple vote. Tumultuous times divided the otherwise peaceful city into two groups, reflecting the Great War that had erupted in Europe two years prior and, in the end, made the name change in 1916 Berlin/Kitchener anything but simple.

Join us for a panel discussion with local historian rych mills and University of Waterloo professors Geoffrey Hayes (History) and Mat Schulze (German). Carl Zehr, former mayor of Kitchener, will moderate. The panel will speak to exactly what fuelled and propelled such a peaceful city into a time of conflict and disarray. You’ll learn about nationalist divides, local stories, and how the bilingual nature of Berlin/Kitchener affected the entire controversy.

This event is being organized in partnership with the Kitchener Public Library.

Location 
Kitchener Public Library, main branch
Theatre
85 Queen St. N.

Kitchener, ON
Canada

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