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Friday September 9, 2011 16:52:49
"President Jennifer J. Raab" <president@hunter.cuny.edu>
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The 10th Anniversary of 9/11
 

Please join me in commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11, which falls this Sunday. Let us all pause to remember the victims of that terrible day including the four Hunter students – Anthony Fallone, Robert McMallon, Michael Mullan and Angela Rosario – who were among those killed. And let us say a prayer for the victims’ families and loved ones.
 
Hunter College, like all New York institutions, was forever altered by 9/11. The lives of many of our students, faculty and staff were directly affected by the tragedy, and many more were close to those who suffered personal losses. In the years since, the student body has been swelled by young people who have come of age in the post-9/11 era and who are changed in so many ways, great and small, by that day.
 
In the years since, Hunter has found many ways of both marking and coping with the tragedy, from commemorative events to classroom lessons.
 
This year, several special programs and events are being mounted. Among them is an exhibit in the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery of artworks by singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist Patti Smith. Entitled “9/11: Babelogue,” it is a series of 24 works, primarily silkscreens, never shown before in New York, that commemorate 9/11. The exhibit continues through December 3.
 
Colum McCann, our award-winning novelist and distinguished lecturer in the MFA program in creative writing, has written a deeply moving piece that appears in the Talk of the Town section in the current issue of The New Yorker. Called simply “Dessert,” it recalls a moment on the day after 9/11 when McCann observed a woman hesitating to eat a piece of cake she had ordered in a restaurant, and in the memory of that moment he finds a world of emotions.
 
Hunter-CUNY’s Center for the Advanced Research of Spatial Information, in collaboration with the Woodward Gallery at 133 Eldridge Street, is presenting “Charting Ground Zero Ten Years After.” The exhibit provides an aerial and ground overview of the World Trade Center site before and just after 9/11 and the site’s evolution since then, using the latest advances in mapping technology and cartographic representation. The exhibit has traveled the country and has been shown on Channel 11, MSNBC and the History Channel.
 
To bring 9/11 to the classroom, Professor Steven Gorelick of the Department of Film and Media Studies is teaching a special undergraduate course this semester on “Disease and Disaster in Media and Culture.”
 
Events such as these are crucially important as we seek to come to terms with 9/11. Like all traumas, it was a brutal disruption of our lives. But through the medium of culture and by coming together in ceremony, prayer and study, we can express our grief and begin the healing of wounds. 

Jennifer J. Raab

 

 

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