2020 Alumnae Dinner in Berlin
Meeting Minds in Europe: 20-21 March 2020
College Alumnae Dinner 21 March
This year, the University is expanding Meeting Minds to three major cities across Europe from 19-21 March, with events in Barcelona, Stockholm, and culminating in the Oxford European Alumni Conference at Humboldt Universität, Berlin.
Alongside the main academic programme we will be offering an exclusive event for Hilda’s alumnae at the Brecht-Weigel-Museum. The apartment on Chausseestraße 125 was the last place Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel lived and worked. Brecht, an author and playwright, and Weigel, an actress and creative director, enjoyed the building's proximity to the Berliner Ensemble and the view of the neighbouring Dorotheenstädtische Cemetery with its graves of famous artists and philosophers. Today, the flat is home to Brecht's library with roughly 4,000 volumes available to users of the Bertolt Brecht Archives. Helene Weigel first lived in a flat on the second floor of the side wing, which she made available after Brecht's death to the Bertolt Brecht Archives she founded. The original rooms have functioned as a memorial site since 1978. Visitors can see the rooms only as part of a guided tour.
Tours will also include a visit to the neighbouring Dorotheenstädtische Cemetery, the last resting place of Huguenot generals, writers, composers, sculptors, philosophers and actors.
The tour is free to alumnae and £2.50 for guests. Registering/booking is essential.
Guided tours will be in groups of 10 and take place at the following times:
Dinner with Fellow and alumna Dr Georgina Paul (Tutorial Fellow in German, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages), 21 March, 7pm at BRASSERIE Gendarmenmarkt. Located in the heart of Berlin's historic centre, the Brasserie am Gendarmenmarkt creates innovative combinations of traditional French and German cuisines, bringing an Art Deco flair to the one of the most important and spectacular squares in Berlin. Taking inspiration from the locale, the adjacent French and German cathedrals, and the international cuisine of the Brasserie, Dr Paul will talk about the rich and varied history of this remarkable area.
All alumnae and their guests are welcome to book for the St Hilda's College dinner.