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Rutgers Remembers 9/11 with Discussions, Ceremonies, Conferences, Exhibitions
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Students, faculty and staff at Rutgers University will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with events ranging from solemn ceremonies and thoughtful discussions to artistic exhibitions and blood drives.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick will join New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill and other officials, the Rutgers Marching Band, the Rutgers Glee Club, the Rutgers Police Department and representatives of the Rutgers University Alumni Association at the Rutgers Boat House at New Brunswick High School, 1000 Somerset St., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The New Jersey Film Festival presents two 9/11-related films this fall. On Sunday Sept. 11, the festival presents From the Ground Up: 10 Years After 9/11, a documentary about the families of fallen New York City firefighters, and New York Says Thank You, a documentary about firefighters who survived 9/11 and who, each year, fan out across the country to help rebuild communities devastated by disaster. The films will be shown in Voorhees Hall on the College Avenue campus, beginning at 7 p.m.On September 11 Scarlet Tribute, a New Brunswick student group, will unfurl a 20 by 20 flag at Brower Commons on College Avenue from noon to 6 p.m. and passers-by can add your hand print to the memorial.The flag will be presented to the university at a future date. The group will be present at that spot throughout September.
On Monday, Sept. 12, at 11:30 a.m., the public is invited to "What Happened? What’s Next? 9/11, 10 Years On," in the multipurpose room at the Paul Robeson Center, 350 Martin Luther King Blvd., at Rutgers-Newark. The heart of the program is a series of video interviews produced by Rutgers-Newark students Babatunde Odubekun and Justin Figueroa, class of 2013, asking people where they were on the day of the attacks and how the attacks affected their lives. An open, nonpolitical panel discussion will follow.
At 4 p.m. on Sept. 12, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger will deliver the Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture, "Ground Zero 10 Years Later: What Have We Wrought?" The lecture will be in the Special Events Forum in the Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Ave., in New Brunswick.
Also on Sept. 12, Chancellor Wendell Pritchett will lead the Rutgers–Camden Campus in a solemn acknowledgment of the National Day of Service and Remembrance. The ceremony will take place at the 9/11 Memorial – a tree planted on Sept. 11, 2002 and a plaque commemorating the members of the Rutgers family who lost their lives in the attacks – near the front of the Paul Robeson Library on the Camden Campus.
The Newark Campus hosts two drives: one on Sept. 8 in the Paul Robeson Campus Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by Muslims for Life, and another on Sept.13 from noon to 5:30 p.m., sponsored by the Rutgers School of Law-Newark in the Center for Law and Justice at 123 Washington St., Newark.
The Alexander Library's Gallery '50 is hosting an exhibition of a three-dimensional, limited-edition "bookwork," "Out of the Sky, Remembering 9/11," conceived and printed by Werner Pfeiffer in 2006. The exhibition will run through Sept. 30. "Out of the Sky" is made up of printed paper segments (each segment consists of four pages) designed to be stacked in two columns or towers over a support structure. When finished, the two columns of "Out of the Sky" measure five feet in height.
On Sept. 13, the instructors and students in Rutgers' Department of Journalism and Media Studies, a unit of the School of Communication and Information, who took part in the 9/11 Student Journalism Project will hold a panel discussion from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Scholarly Communication Center, on the fourth floor of the Alexander Library on Rutgers’ College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick. In the project, students sought out and interviewed the children of people who died in the terrorist attacks. Their stories will be published during August and September by member newspapers of the New Jersey Press Association, whose educational arm, the New Jersey Press Foundation, funded the project. The event will feature the screening of a 21-minute documentary of the project by student Jason Scharch.
The Graduate Program in American Studies and the Writing Program at Rutgers-Newark will host a forum, “Sept. 11th, a Decade Later: Has Everything Changed?” on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 2:30 p.m. in the Essex Room of the Paul Robeson Campus Center. All forms of expression, from images to art to music, are welcome. The sponsors invite written responses of 500 words or less, ranging from poetry to memoir to historical analysis.
The Department of American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, will host a conference Sept. 16, “Remembering 9/11,” from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pane Room of the Alexander Library on the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick. The conference is a joint project of the American studies departments in New Brunswick and Newark, and the organizers plan to have the program simultaneously teleconferenced to the Dana Library in Newark and the Robeson Library in Camden.
On Sept. 18, the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life will host a discussion, “Memory, Monuments and Museums: Remembering 9/11 and the Holocaust,” in Trayes Hall at the Douglass Campus Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick. Renowned architect Daniel Libeskind and James E. Young, professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will anchor the discussion, which is free and begins at 7:30 p.m.
Rutgers University pays tribute to alumni who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Over the past decade, Rutgers faculty and students have been at the center of original research and scholarship focusing on the implications of that tragic day. Several of those initiatives, examining post-9/11 safety, security, environmental and health issues, as well as the rise of Islamophobia and the continuing national debate over religious freedom, are described in a Research Highlights page.
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