Whether you were a member of the Pace Community on September 11, 2001, or joined us after that time, you likely know that we felt the impact of 9/11 in a very profound way. We lost 44 members of our Pace Community. Our New York City Campus was closed for nearly two weeks. We came together to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and to help meet the physical and emotional needs of those coping with intense grief.
While time has helped heal our wounds, we will never forget 9/11’s impact on Pace, on our country, or on the world. The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is upon us. We will mark the occasion in several ways.
InsideTrack on July 19
On Tuesday, July 19 InsideTrack returns to the Schimmel Theater with a special screening of the extraordinary new documentary Rebirth in advance of its release in theaters this August. Rebirth chronicles the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the lives of five people who were deeply affected. Reserve your seats by clicking here and please bring family and friends to see this moving film. I expect we will have a large turnout from the Pace Community and from our neighbors in Lower Manhattan.
Immediately following the film, Jim Whitaker, visionary Hollywood director of Rebirth and Pace honorary degree recipient this year, and I will reflect on the film and the profound effects of 9/11 on the American psyche over the past 10 years. It will be an engaging conversation, and no doubt one of many such thought-provoking conversations on the subject in the months to come.
September 11 Events at Pace
On Thursday, September 8, Pace, in partnership with the National Press Photographers Association, will host “Witness to Tragedy and Recovery,” an exhibit of haunting photographs from the 9/11 tragedy and a symposium hosted by former CNN news anchor Aaron Brown. On Friday, September 9, a conference for first-responders will be held at Pace, along with a symposium for downtown scholars on ethical thinking hosted by our own professor of philosophy Ilan Safit, PhD.
We are planning a memorial service on the afternoon of Saturday, September 10, a community viewing of memorial events in the Schimmel Theater, and a student vigil on Sunday, September 11. Following the events of the weekend, the public launch of the eagerly anticipated Pace University 9/11 Oral History Project, a fascinating compilation of stories by Maria Iacullo-Bird, PhD, and her students in the years immediately following 9/11, is scheduled for Monday, September 12.
More information on all of these events will be forthcoming shortly. While the first week of the new academic year is always a busy one, please take the time to reflect on the events of 9/11 and the years since. The Pace Community is here for you, as always, as a source of strength and support.
Stephen J. Friedman