Meeting with U.S. Ambassador in Berlin
They visited the Brandenburg Gate and stood in reflective silence near the remains of the infamous Wall that once divided a city and nation, but the top highlight of McDaniel students’ study tour to Berlin remains the hour they spent talking with Philip Murphy, U.S. Ambassador to Germany.
For junior Religious Studies major Katie Cooper, the conversation with the ambassador was an honor. Sophomore Richard Rutkin is thrilled to be discovering Berlin and experiencing first hand what he calls an amazing city, however the Economics major says, “meeting the Ambassador was a lifetime experience I will never forget."
The meeting with the ambassador was arranged by Jeff Rosenberg, parent of 2012 grad Rob Rosenberg. Rosenberg’s 40-year career with NPR took him frequently to Berlin and, in 2006, he launched the first NPR station outside of the U.S. in Berlin. He helped group leader Karen Hamilton, McDaniel’s Student Academic Support Services director, plan the study tour and included the meeting at the ambassador’s request.
The students visited the U.S. Embassy and listened to the ambassador talk about the importance of strong U.S.-German ties in both economic and political spheres. They also heard the ambassador describe both Pres. Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel as logical thinkers who usually find it easy to come to agreement on major issues.
Other stops on the trip included the Bach Museum, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, the city of Liepzig, and the DDR Museum, where interactive exhibits show daily life in what was East Germany or the Deutsche Demokratische Republik before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.