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Georgetown Marks 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Sept. 11 anniversary

Sept. 6, 2011 – A decade after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Georgetown marks the anniversary of the tragedy, remembering those who lost their lives and examining the cultural, security, political and social fallout of the event.

Three separate academic conferences will begin our 9/11 observance – one exploring conflict resolution, another focusing on Muslim-Christian understanding and the other examining the war against terror.

Other events include an interfaith prayer service sponsored by President John J. DeGioia on Healy Lawn, Friday, Sept. 9, to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died after planes crashed into the Pentagon, the World Trade Center twin towers and a field near Shanksville, Pa.

“At the time, our own university community lost two dozen members, including 11 of our alumni and a member of our faculty and her family,” DeGioia said. “Like so many others throughout the nation, we will never forget the individuals who lost their lives, as well as the loved ones they left behind.”

On the day of the anniversary, students will get a chance to talk with Arun Gandhi, grandson of the late leader of the Indian independence movement, Mohandas Gandhi. A “unity walk” tied to Gandhi’s visit and a 9/11 vigil ceremony and charity 5K run will close remembrance activities on Sunday.

“As a Catholic and Jesuit university, Georgetown has joined together the resources of faith and intellect to strengthen our commitment to interfaith engagement and understanding,” DeGioia said. “We continue the effort of creating a world of justice, peace, freedom and possibility.”

Other events observing the anniversary include:

Sept. 8

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Lohrfink Auditorium
Conflict to Peace: Innovative Approaches to Peace-Building (Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution Program, Office of the President)

1-4:30 p.m., Hariri Building, Fischer Colloquium
Religion and the American-Muslim Community Post-9/11  (The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding)

3-4:30 p.m., Bunn ICC, CCAS Boardroom
Changing Paradigms: The War Against Terror Post 9/11 (Program for Jewish Civilization)

Sept. 9

9:15 a.m.- 4 p.m., Berkley Center, 3307 M St. NW, Suite 200
Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict (Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs)

2-5 p.m., Mortara Building, 3600 N St. NW
The War on Terrorism: The Next Ten Years (Mortara Center for International Studies)

4 p.m., Healy Lawn
10th Anniversary September 11 Interfaith Prayer Vigil (Office of the President)

Sept. 11
8:46-10:03 a.m., White-Gravenor Patio and Copley Lawn
9/11 Vigil Ceremony and 5K Remembrance Run/Walk (Welcome Week Committee)

11:30 a.m., Berkley Center, 3307 M St. NW, Suite 200
Arun Gandhi 9/11 Talk With Students (Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs)

1:30 p.m., Washington Hebrew Congregation 3935 Macomb St. NW
Unity Walk

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