Think: History!
The Schülerakademie of the Francke Foundations

Akademie2008  In August 2008, the pilot course of the Schülerakademie of the Francke Foundations was held under the heading "Think: History!" In the course of the week-long academy course 25 pupils worked on the topic of monuments and historical culture. During this time they debated with historians and history teachers, spoke with practitioners from museums and archives and, along with student tutors, jointly developed their own research projects and issues. In this way, they acquired knowledge of the mechanisms of work in the humanities, accumulated practical experiences and were able to put themselves to the test by means of independent work. All in all five workgroups were established. With their projects they developed a thematic arc of suspense spanning from the early nineteenth century to the present day.

Wendezeiten – Histories of transition
The peaceful revolution of the autumn of 1989

Akademie2009 Ersatz  The City of Halle marked the year 2009 with a broad programme titled “Steps towards Freedom” (Schritte zur Freiheit). The Schülerakademie of the Francke Foundations was its official contribution. The theme “Wendezeiten – Histories of transition” allowed for a wide arc of suspense bringing the students in contact with, on the one hand, further European lines of development and, on the other, the immediate environment of their own town. The concrete work carried out by the Schülerakademie of 2009 built on that.

A history in stone
Buildings in the city and their history (histories)

Akademie2010  As to the Francke Foundations and the City of Halle the year 2010 was marked by means of architectural history and urban planning. Accordingly, the “International Building Exhibition” of Saxony-Anhalt and Halle took place in that year, the city-wide cultural theme of that year was discussed under the motto “Halle is changing” and the Foundations discussed the history of the School City in their annual exhibition titled “Built Utopias.” The reason for this is that our living space in the city, with its squares, streets, parks, residential buildings and housing blocks, schools, shops and factories were in times past, are now and will also continue to be a constant subject of debate. How should the city look? What makes it worth living in? Which houses and streets should be maintained? How can a city of the future look like? Such highly topical issues require historical reflection in order to understand why the city looks like it is today, as we experience it daily. Historical research provides answers to these questions and facilitates ideas and concepts for the future.

Halle in times of war
Events, traces and memories

Akademie2011  Not only did both World Wars of the twentieth century leave deep marks in Halle. Even wars in distant centuries, such as the Thirty Years’ War (1618-48) influenced the city’s history. Wars have changed the face of Halle due to destruction, misery and suffering. The Schülerakademie embarked upon a search for the traces of wars, for the destinies of people and their life histories and their memories of them. At the same time, the preoccupation with war draws attention to the great good of peace: The Academy also inquired into what people have done in order to change times of war into times of peace.

Rock the Nation!?
Protest in twentieth-century popular music

Akademie2013  As every pupil knows – music is the soundtrack of our lives. Music expresses the emotions of life: human emotions such as love, joy, sadness, longing but also political belief and social protest. Each young generation underpins its feelings about life with its personal musical preferences and styles;, each young generation possesses values for which it vows by means of audible and visible protest. Each young generation writes its own soundtrack and exactly that leads to historic change.