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Teresa S. Thomas

For immediate release:
August 6, 2002

Carnegie Mellon Arts Organizations Sponsor Series of 9-11 Anniversary Events

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Center for the Arts in Society and its STUDIO for Creative Inquiry will sponsor a lecture and a panel on Sept. 11, 2002, featuring art historian and activist Robert Atkins. Both events are designed to explore and examine artistic commemoration of the attacks on America.

At 4:30 p.m. Atkins will present a lecture titled, "The Arts, Community and Activism: A Meditation Inspired by the Events of 9-11," to be held in the Singleton Room of Roberts Hall of Engineering on the Carnegie Mellon campus. This lecture will focus on the role of artists in crises as well as media representations of September 11 and community activism.

Atkins will moderate a town meeting at 7:30 p.m. in McConomy Auditorium in the Carnegie Mellon University Center. This panel will feature discussions on the range of responses, artistic and otherwise, to the attacks on America a year ago. Participants will include representatives from the university community and Pittsburgh professionals, including Tova Tarr, a clinical psychologist, Gwen Elliot, a former commander of the Pittsburgh Police, and Robert Bloise, the new head of the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Both programs are supported by the Humanities-and-the-Arts Initiative, administered by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and funded principally by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Atkins is the founder of 911-The September 11 Project: Cultural Intervention in Civic Society and is media-arts editor of The Media Channel. He is editor-producer of Artery: The AIDS-Arts Forum and an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Atkins was a Microsoft Research Fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon in 1999-2000. He is currently completing an anthology of his writings titled "Eye/I Witness: Art Writing as Activism, Criticism, and Reportage."

The center and the STUDIO have issued a call for "commemoration" or artistic displays from the Pittsburgh community. Submissions will be displayed on campus during the week of Sept. 11. For more information, contact Tim Haggerty, associate director of the Center for the Arts in Society, at 412-268-6211 or


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