The events of 9/11 have had a profound effect on a generation of people around the world, but our University, located mere blocks away from the World Trade Center, felt the impact first-hand. Almost 10 years ago, the Pace Community lost 47 members—students and alumni alike—and was closed for several weeks as we worked toward recovery.
“The attack on the World Trade Center had a dramatic impact on the lives of the faculty, students, and staff of Pace. It’s important that during this anniversary we honor the lives of those we lost that day, but also recognize the critical role Pace has had in the rebuilding and revitalization of downtown Manhattan. I think the events we have planned do exactly that,” says Tom Torello, vice president of University Relations. As the 10-year anniversary approaches, Pace has a number of events lined up to commemorate those lost, and those who rebuilt.
Beginning on Thursday, September 8, through a partnership with the National Press Photographers Association, Pace hosts “Witness to Tragedy and Recovery,” an exhibit of haunting photographs from the 9/11 tragedy and a symposium on how news images of disaster are shaped—and shape us—featuring keynote speaker Aaron Brown, former CNN news anchor, and moderator Michelle Charlesworth, WABC-TV reporter and anchor, who both covered the events that day. “We are balancing it [disaster] with recovery,” explains Christopher T. Cory, executive director of Public Information for Pace. “Once the building has fallen, once the flood has receded, recovery is a big part of the story.”
On Friday, September 9 starting at 4:00 p.m., the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Ethical Thinking will host a symposium dedicated to rethinking the significance and the impact of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and spearheaded by Pace professor of philosophy Ilan Safit, PhD. “The speakers at the symposium will be exploring a variety of issues that range from personal response to the philosophical significance of an event that was local and immediate, yet instantly turned international, mediated, and represented,” says Safit. “The tenth anniversary of this event provides an apt opportunity to think further about these effects and to share these thoughts with the New Yorkers who live here, where it happened.”
On Saturday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m. Pace comes together for a memorial service and performance by the New York Choral Society. The service will commemorate the 45 Pace students and alumni lost on 9/11. And on Sunday, September 11, the Schimmel Theatre will be open to Pace faculty, staff, and students who wish to watch the broadcast of the memorial events with others from their community. And on Monday, September 12, at 5:00 p.m., Pace will hold an event for the 9/11 Oral History Project–more than 90 interviews with members of the community who witnessed the 9/11 tragedy conducted, recorded, and transcribed by Pace students.
For more information on these and other events observing the 10-year anniversary of the events of 9/11, please visit www.pace.edu/paceremembers911.