Elon reflects on the impact of September 11th attacks by engaging the public with discussions and panels


9/11 Tribute Light Memorial. Photo courtesy of fest21.com.

By Stuart Jones

As the ten year anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001 approaches, Elon University takes time to commemorate and honor those that lost their lives during those events. Not only do these events provide observances for students, faculty and local citizens but also an opportunity to engage in discussions and opportunities for expression about their feelings on the attacks and how the world has been impacted since.

An expression board will be at College Coffee September 6-13 and will reside in Moseley Center after. It is an opportunity for all in the community to share their thoughts and reflections of the 10th anniversary through written comments on the board. It will be across from Pan Geos in the Moseley Center through Sept. 13.

A 9/11 Discussion Panel will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 in Whitley Auditorium Elon University’s Liberal Arts Forum will sponsor “A 9/11 Discussion” with panelists Walt Enders of Culverhouse College of the University of Alabama, Kraig Byerlein of Notre Dame, Daniel Master of UNC Wilmington. The forum will be moderated by political science professor Laura Roselle. Adviser to the Liberal Arts Forum and professor of philosophy at Elon, Anna Cahill says, “This panel of experts from a variety of different fields – economics, psychology, sociology – will describe how the terrorist acts of that unforgettable day transformed lives and political institutions alike.”

A flag lowering ceremony will take place at 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, at Scott Plaza where a wreath will be place in front of the flags and the U.S. flag will be lowered to half-staff. After which the Alamance bell tower will ring 115 times in honor of nations that lost citizens in 9/11 attacks. Elon President Leo Lambert and Phil Smith, associate chaplain, will speak as a part of the ceremony.

Interfaith Cooperation in the Post-9/11 World: A Student Dialogue will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center. This student moderated discussion will be open to anyone with an interest in interfaith cooperation and bettering the next decade after 9/11. The event is sponsored by Elon Hillel and will provide light snacks and drinks.

A service of remembrance and reflectionwill happen at 6 p.m. Sept. 11, Scott Plaza, in front of Alamance (the rain location is Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts). To conclude a week of expression and remembrance, President Lambert and Phil Smith, associate chaplain, will lead the Elon community to reflect on the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as experienced on campus, the progress made over the past 10 years, and Elon’s role in creating a culture of greater understanding and a future of peace.

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