RICHLAND – The fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, opened a new chapter in world history.
 
Brigit Farley, associate professor of history at WSU Tri-Cities, will commemorate the event with a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in the East Building Auditorium, 2710 University Drive.
 
Her lecture, “It was 20 years ago today: Reflections on the end of the Cold War, 1989-2009,” will discuss how the world has changed since East Germans and West Germans united to literally rip apart the 12-foot-high concrete wall that had divided them since 1961.
 
 
The lecture is part of the Liberal Arts Season of Events, sponsored by the Richland Arts Commission.
 
Admission is free and open to the public.
 
 
A faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts since 1995, Farley teaches 20th century Russian and eastern European history, including World War I, World War II and the Cold War. In addition to terrorism, peacemaking and conflict resolution, her research interests focus on the return of history in former Soviet bloc nations — especially Russia and Hungary. Farley currently is working on projects involving the rebuilding of a Moscow church and its meaning for a new generation of Russians, and the reappearance of memorials and commemorations of the 1920 Treaty of Trianon in Hungary. She also translates historical documents and memoirs.