Carnegie Mellon University
September 09, 2016

Remembering 9/11

Regina Ress is a CMU English alum.As the country marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11, a Carnegie Mellon University alumna continues to encourage hope and healing in a unique way.

Regina Ress, an award-winning storyteller, actor, writer and educator, travels throughout the country to perform “Compassion, Generosity and Grace: Stories from 9/11.”

The stories grew out of Ress’ experience that tragic day, living just one and a half miles from Ground Zero. She witnessed the horror of the towers falling and the incredible outpouring of “guerrilla volunteerism” in her locked-down neighborhood. From her window, she watched dump trucks and sanitation workers gathering on a playground to coordinate their work. On the streets she saw Mother Teresa’s nuns making sandwiches, volunteers bringing piles of dry socks and cookies. A relief worker who had come from Tennessee told her, “Ma’am, this is my first non-natural disaster,” to which she replied, “This is my first non-natural disaster too.”

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