Carnegie Mellon Remembers 9-11
The unveiling and dedication of a plaque in memory of the seven Carnegie Mellon alumni who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, national tragedy is one of several events the university is hosting in remembrance of last year's horrific terrorist attacks on America.
The plaque, installed at the base of the tree that was planted along the Cut in memory of the victims during Homecoming last October, will be unveiled at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Events commemorating the one-year anniversary of the national tragedy will be held Sept. 9-15 and will include talks, presentations, panel discussions and musical performances.
"Carnegie Mellon will join the world to remember and to mourn again the horrendous events of a year ago," said President Jared L. Cohon. "I was very proud of the ways in which our university community responded last year, coming together to support each other and to reach out to the victims through fundraising efforts, blood donations, a candlelight vigil, impromptu concerts, a learn-in on the Cut and a peace rally, among others. This year, the university community has come together again to plan several events and activities. Please participate in the ways that you find most meaningful."
The following is a listing of the campus events in memory of 9-11.
Monday, Sept. 9
Book Presentation: "Running Toward Danger," 4 - 6 p.m., Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall
The College of Engineering will host a panel discussion featuring journalists who penned their experiences covering the attacks on America in a new book, "Running Toward Danger: Stories Behind the Breaking News of 9/11." The book, authored by Cathy Trost, Alicia C. Shepard and Susan J. Bennett, documents how journalists overcame daunting challenges to report the story.
Panel members include Robin Acton of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review; Rachel (Snyder) Basinger of the Daily Courier in Connellsville, Pa.; Susan Bennett of the Newseum, the first interactive museum of news, and formerly with Knight Ridder newspapers; Jim Pensiero, vice president of news operations at The Wall Street Journal; Dennis Roddy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Charles Sheehan of the Associated Press; and Trost, a former journalist and co-author of "Running Toward Danger."
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Blood Drive: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Connan Room, University Center
Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon staff and the university community.
University Lecture Series: "Strings Attached? Academic Freedom and Career Realities," 4:30 p.m., Rangos 1, University Center
Speakers include Ted Postol, professor of science, technology and national security policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Visiting Professor David Farber, the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunications Systems, University of Pennsylvania.
Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.
Moment of Silence: 8:46 a.m.
The university community will join America in a moment of silence in remembrance of the first attack on the World Trade Center last Sept. 11. Faculty are encouraged to observe this moment of silence in their classrooms.
New York City Ceremonies: 8 - 10:30 a.m., Kirr Commons and McConomy Auditorium, University Center
Live television coverage from New York City.
Food Drive: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 - 9:30 p.m, outside Doherty Hall
To get your candle for the Candlelight Vigil at the Fence, members of the university community are asked to donate a canned good. All donated food will be sent to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
Sponsored by the Greek Community in conjunction with Student Government's Candlelight Vigil at the Fence.
School of Music Tribute and Concert: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Great Hall, College
of Fine Arts.
The School of Music will present works by Copland, Beethoven, Rohe, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Jim Daniels will read "Us, Now," a poem he authored last fall in tribute to the Carnegie Mellon alumni who were killed.
Moment of Remembrance: Plaque Unveiling and Dedication, 4:30 p.m.,
A plaque in memory of the seven alumni who were victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 will be unveiled and dedicated. The plaque will be unveiled at the base of the tree planted in memory of the victims last October.
Lecture: "The Arts, Community and Activism: A Meditation Inspired by the Events of 9-11," 4:45 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, University Center
A lecture by art historian and activist Robert Atkins. Atkins, an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, is the founder of 911The September 11 Project: Cultural Intervention in Civic Society. Atkins was a Microsoft Research Fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry in 1999-2000.
The lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Society and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. It is supported by the Humanities-and-the-Arts Initiative, administered by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and funded principally by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Town Meeting: 7:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, University Center
Moderated by Robert Atkins, the town meeting will include a panel of representatives from the university and local communities. Panelists will include Clinical Psychologist Tova Tarr, former commander of the Pittsburgh Police Gwen Elliott, Robert Blose Jr., federal security director at the Pittsburgh International Airport, and Andress Appolon, a 5th-year scholar.
The town meeting is sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Society and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. It is supported by the Humanities-and-the-Arts Initiative, administered by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and funded principally by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Candlelight Vigil: 9 p.m., The Fence
Members of the university community are invited to join together in prayer and song in memory of the victims of last year's terrorist attacks.
Sponsored by Student Government.
Wednesday Sept. 11 - Sunday, Sept. 15
"Commemorating Sept. 11: Art, Artists and the Community," University Center and Purnell Center loggias, Baker Hall and Purnell Center lobbies, and the Music Bulletin Board
A display in the tradition of "Exit Art" in New York City, the installation features visual art, music and the written word.
Sponsored by The Center for the Arts in Society and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.
Thursday, Sept. 12
University Lecture Series: "Is it Okay to Laugh?" 4:30 p.m., Adamson Wing,
136A Baker Hall
The lecture, featuring syndicated cartoonist Rob Rogers, examines the function of a cartoonist and the role of humor following the events of 9-11. Rogers' cartoons appear regularly in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek magazine and USA Today.
He received the 1995 National Headliner Award and seven Golden Quill awards. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. Rogers earned his master of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon in 1984.
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