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NMSU history professor contrasts East and West Berlin with a Latin American connection

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany, is where east met west during the Cold War. Today, it stands as a symbol for tourists, and is the next destination for New Mexico State University's "Global Connections" lecture series. Inigo Garcia-Bryce, associate professor of history, will share his experiences and talk about the Latin American connection with "Berlin 2010" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Creative Media Institute Theatre.

New Mexico State University history professors Inigo Garcia-Bryce and Andrea Orzoff, along with their children, Mateo (left) and Samuel (right) stand in front of a piece of the Berlin wall for a photo. Garcia-Bryce will share the experience of their trip with 'Berlin 2010,' the next destination for the College of Arts and Sciences' 'Global Connections' lecture series at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the CMI theatre. (Courtesy photo)

"I loved the whole city," said Garcia-Bryce. "I particularly enjoyed looking for the contrasts between East and West which had defined the city during the Cold War. I had to look hard and talk to people to tease these out. I also loved the parks and lakes, and the public transportation."

Garcia-Bryce and Andrea Orzoff, an associate professor in the history department, spent seven months in Berlin conducting research after Orzoff was awarded a Fulbright scholarship.

Orzoff and Garcia-Bryce, who are married, lived with their family in Berlin in 2010. They toured the city, talked to the people and learned about the impact the Berlin wall had made on people's lives.

"I was also conducting research in my field, Latin America, in Berlin, which has the second best library in Latin American Studies in the world," Garcia-Bryce said.

Garcia-Bryce, who is fluent in Spanish and French, said he also appreciated studying the language during his time there.

Garcia-Bryce will talk about the history of the city as well as give his impressions of the area and the people he met.

With support from the College of Arts and Sciences, the "Global Connections" series features faculty members' exotic trips around the world. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to listen and ask questions about the kind of first-hand experiences most people might never otherwise encounter.

The series runs through April 2012 and will be offered on the first Tuesday of each month.

The lectures are free and open to the public. A parking permit for off-campus visitors may be obtained at https://corridor.nmsu.edu/auxadmin/ParkingForms/epermit.aspx