Three students from Fairmont State University attended a conference in Berlin to mark the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Robert Bolton, Nick Oliveto, and Sherry Hamilton participated in “World Without Walls: An International Congress on Soft Power, Cultural Diplomacy, and Interdependence” November 6 -9.  The conference, sponsored by the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy, brought together students and young leaders from around the world.

The conference allowed Bolton, Oliveto, and Hamilton to interact with international political figures including Alan Ferguson, the form prime minister of Australia; Andras Simonyi, the former Hungarian ambassador to Washington; and Mirko Tommasoni, the former Captain Regent of San Marino.  Lectures focused on political conflicts in Cyprus, Palestine, Israel, Scandinavia, Northern Ireland, and other countries.  Discussions focused on the growing importance of “soft power” and diplomacy in today’s international relations.

The students attended celebrations of the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9 at the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag.

Bolton, from Grafton, and Oliveto, from Fairmont, are majoring in political science and national security and intelligence.  Hamilton, from Brook County, is an architect major.  Their participation in the conference was supported with funding from the Honors Program, the College of Science and Technology, and the Department of Social Sciences.

Dr. J. Robert Baker, director of the Honors program, commented, "Fairmont State is pleased to help students interact with the international world to build a network of relationships and learn to use the techniques of diplomacy. This is especially important in today’s political arena.”

Oliveto described the conference as "a life-changing event."

Contact Info

Dr. J. Robert Baker, Director
Fairmont State Honors Program
Room 311 Jaynes Hall
Phone: 304.367.4260
E-Mail:
jbaker@fairmontstate.edu