To Mark September 11 Anniversary, SMU Launches Website, Plans Series of Events

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SMU student Christina Rancke and her father, who was killed in the World Trade Center's collapse
After the jump is a video just posted by SMU and the school's Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility in which student Christina Rancke, Class of 2013, talks about losing her father in the collapse of the World Trade Center's south tower on September 11, 2001. She was in seventh grade at the time, and was pulled aside in gym class, she says, and told "there was an accident at the World Trade Center." It would take months before her father was officially pronounced dead.

Ranke and Rais Bhuiyan are among those scheduled to participate in myriad events planned on the Hilltop beginning September 7 and culminating with a Service of Remembering, presided over by SMU President R. Gerald Turner and chaplain Stephen Rankin, on September 11. A full schedule of events also follows.

On September 8, in the Meadows Museum Sculpture Garden, the university will also plant 2,977 flags, one for each of those killed in the terror attacks of 10 years ago. The university has also launched this website: 9/11 Remembered, where the university requests you "share with us your memories of that fateful day."

SMU HONORS 9/11 ANNIVERSARY WITH THOUGHT-PROVOKING EVENTS

WHAT: SMU will host a range of free public events to help the community find peace and meaning 10 years after the day that changed our nation forever. "Only by bringing our thoughts, feelings, prejudices and knowledge to the forefront can we resist those who would manipulate us," says Rita Kirk, director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. "In essence, how we remember that day is an important ethical choice."

WHEN: Sept. 7-11, 2011, various times

HIGHLIGHTS: SMU student Christina Rancke, who lost her father on 9/11 in the collapse of the World Trade Center's south tower, will share her thoughts at a Service of Remembering Sept. 11. Dallas resident Rais Bhuiyan, who survived an anti-Muslim hate crime stemming from 9/11, will join a campus discussion on "Ending the Cycles of Violence" Sept. 9. And a special website, Share Your Thoughts, Preserve Your Memories, will begin accepting the community's memories and thoughts about 9/11 on Aug. 27 at www.911remembered.org.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 7: "What Happened? A Historic Account" features SMU Political Science Professor Seyom Brown of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall.

Sept. 8-Sept. 11: Plaza Memorial: A Meditative Space, at SMU's Meadows Museum Sculpture Garden, 5900 Bishop Blvd. 2,977 flags will be planted in the plaza for each of the 9/11 victims and their families.

Sept. 8: "Haunted Memories and Complex Loyalties," a Maguire Public Scholar Lecture by Professor William Abraham focused on terrorism's ties to religion and other motivating factors, will be at the SMU Faculty Club, 3034 Daniel Ave. The event, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., is open to the public but advance reservation is required by visiting smu.edu/ethicscenter (see "Events") or calling 214-768-4255.

Sept. 9: University Park Fire Department Ceremony will include a Posting of the Colors with bagpipes, a ringing of the fire bell and remarks by the city chaplain. SMU police officers will join the event, at 3800 University Blvd., scheduled for 7:46 a.m., when the first commercial airplane (American Airlines flight 77) was overtaken by terrorists.

Sept. 9: "Ending the Cycles of Violence: Reflections on Compassion, Forgiveness and Healing" will feature a diverse gathering of religious and peace leaders, including Bill McElvaney, professor emeritus of SMU's Perkins School of Theology, Hind Jarrah, Ph.D., of the Texas Muslim Women's Foundation and Br. ChiSing Eng, a Thich Nhat Hanh ordained Buddhist monk with the Dallas Meditation Center. Sponsored by SMU's Embrey Human Rights Program in Dedman College and the Dallas Peace Center, the event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall.

Sept. 10: Half-Time Tribute from the SMU Band during the University of Texas-El Paso game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium, 5801 Airline Road. The 6 p.m. event will be part of regular admission to the game. For details visit smumustangs.com or call 214-768-4263/800-745-3000.

Sept. 11: "The Day the Whole World Watched" features SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson discussing "The Intersection of Religion and Politics," SMU Ethics Professor Robin Lovin speaking on "Politics, Morality and Ethical Responsibility in a Terror-Afflicted Society," SMU Political Science Professor Seyom Brown discussing "How the World Has Changed" and UTD Public Policy Professor Lloyd J. Dumas addressing "What We (Should) Have Learned About Counterterrorism" at McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall. The 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. event will be moderated by Maguire Center Director Rita Kirk.

Sept. 11: Service of Remembering, presided over by SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Chaplain Stephen Rankin, with Student Event Chair Christina Rancke, whose father perished in one of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. The event will be 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the steps of Dallas Hall.

VISITOR PARKING: Visitor parking information for weekday events is available at here. Visitors attending the Sunday, Sept. 11 events will find available parking in lots north and east of Dallas Hall (Building 1 on the visitor parking map), accessible through open gates on Daniel Avenue and University Boulevard.

MORE DETAILS: Visit smu.edu/ethicscenter and see "Events" or contact 214-768-4255 or maguire_ethics@smu.edu.
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Really love all these stories.. have been reading them daily.Please add more if you have any¡­ Thanks a lot again forthis awesome work. 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

For whatever reason, a comment by "Annie Williams" was posted but did not take. Here it is:

"I've been trying to put my finger on why this feels wrong.

Of course I feel for anyone who lost someone on September 11th. I knew people in New York and Washington DC, one friend's husband who was working at the Pentagon and was in an undamaged section right next to one of the damaged areas.  Another friend who was in a high rise a few blocks from the World Trade Center and spent the day e-mailing her friends in other states to find out what was going on because they weren't able to leave the building and could get no good information from local sources - all they could see was black smoke outside their windows.

It seems almost disrespectful for Dallas to have this huge remembrance because it didn't happen here. I think the two sessions on "terrorism" (God, how I got sick of hearing that word) smack of deceit. We in the U.S. are far from being a terror-afflicted society, short of the fear-mongering "terrorists" who were running our own government at the time of the attacks, and who tried for years afterward to make us see boogie men around every corner.  If anything, I feel like we became the terrorists with undeclared wars that saw far more people die than did on Sept. 11th.

Our response was so, so wrong.  Wrong to the core.  So many paid dearly for U.S. ego and the ego of Bush and company ("he tried to kill my Daddy" - said so much about true motivations).  I wonder how different the world would be today if we hadn't gone running off to fight Bush's War for Daddy's Vengeance. If we had spent our resources building up our own country and going after the actual culprits, and not squandered billions in Iraq the way we did. We lost a lot on Sept. 11tth, but we lost much more because of our horribly-poor response.

I guess maybe the individual topics sound valuable, but collectively, I fear it will all be lost in some misplaced "God Bless America" hype. Maybe it feels like it's way too late? What we lost most after Sept. 11th was our honor within the world. I often feel like in a way, the terrorists got exactly what they wanted. A country divided down the middle that lost its way specifically because of those terrorist actions.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Great reply by Annie. 9/11 changed everyone's lives though, I don't look at it as a single incident that happened in one place Annie. Our way of life changed, whether it was prices at the pump, at the airport(it is annoying bagging my shampoo & conditioner), or travelling abroad. Nearly everyone knows someone that was directly affected, either living in New York or being in the military, so I have no problem that there are remembrances like this that go on all over the world.

Our response initially was correct, going into Iraq was wrong.  If we were going after Al Qaeda's supporters, we need not look any further than our allies against them, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.  We did lose a lot of international capital and influence by going into Iraq that will take decades to rebuild. In terms of our country being divided? It's politics as usual. The terrorists haven't changed that.

Even with our lives being changed by this, they have not won. Why? If you're a known Al Qaeda operative, you will spend every day hiding and not knowing when vengeance will be brought upon you. I'll go to my 9-5 job, coach my kids in sports, and hopefully lead a full life. We're winning, Annie. 

(I'm about to finish reading "Ghost Wars" by Steve Coll. He won the Pulitzer Prize for this book and if you're interested in reading about how we got to 9/11, I'd highly suggest it)

Annie Williams
Annie Williams

I've been trying to put my finger on why this feels wrong.

Of course I feel for anyone who lost someone on September 11th. I knew people in New York and Washington DC, one friend's husband who was working at the Pentagon and was in an undamaged section right next to one of the damaged areas.  Another friend who was in a high rise a few blocks from the World Trade Center and spent the day e-mailing her friends in other states to find out what was going on because they weren't able to leave the building and could get no good information from local sources - all they could see was black smoke outside their windows.

It seems almost disrespectful for Dallas to have this huge remembrance because it didn't happen here. I think the two sessions on "terrorism" (God, how I got sick of hearing that word) smack of deceit. We in the U.S. are far from being a terror-afflicted society, short of the fear-mongering "terrorists" who were running our own government at the time of the attacks, and who tried for years afterward to make us see boogie men around every corner.  If anything, I feel like we became the terrorists with un-justified wars that saw far more people die than did on Sept. 11th.

Our response was so, so wrong.  Wrong to the core.  So many paid dearly for U.S. ego and the ego of Bush and company ("he tried to kill my Daddy" - said so much about true motivations).  I wonder how different the world would be today if we hadn't gone running off to fight Bush's War for Daddy's Vengeance.  If we had spent our resources building up our own country and going after the actual culprits, and not squandered billions in Iraq the way we did. We lost a lot on Sept. 11tth, but we lost much more because of our horribly-poor response.

I guess maybe the individual topics sound valuable, but collectively, I fear it will all be lost in some misplaced "God Bless America" hype. Maybe it feels like it's way too late? What we lost most after Sept. 11th was our honor within the world. I often feel like in a way, the terrorists got exactly what they wanted. A country divided down the middle that lost its way specifically because of those terrorist actions.

Weisser Hai
Weisser Hai

NEW & RELOADED(you will wish for never ever watching TV again !!!) YES , WE CAN..YES , WE CAN..WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive from Afghanistan...thank you lord..aamen). ARIZONA = UTOYA = GOVERNMENT‘S "AFTERLIFE" FLASH MOB !!! 911(TWIN TOWERS) = NORWAY BOMBING OR  STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM !!! STOLTENBERG = BREIVIK !! MULTYCULTURALISM = TERRORISM !! As far as shooting, there was none(neither in NORWAY or Arizona). Instead tear gas and theater were used on faces of multiculturalism maniacs while calling YOU a terrorists !!! Guilt or blame and shame weapon against us and our families in our own countries during bogus “economic crises” while importing here non white third world foreigners to rape, kill and steal(what forceful unemployment against us is = robbery) in the name of tolerance and better world !! SUPER FAST HIGHWAY to extra bonuses with early retirements(newly issued state identities with paid properties abroad) for government related criminals/ terrorists or our politicians and their supporters !!! VISIT ALL NEW(reloaded) “OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION” http://stateofterror.blogspot....   http://stateofterror.wordpress... LEARN WHO RUINED YOU, WHY, AND HOW !!! FROM 911 TO WHITE REFUGEES SEEKING ASYLUM ABROAD TODAY   Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ..YESSS,  WE CAN(FISH CAN & TENT CITY USA CAN)...GABBY OPENED HER EYES (psycho Tucson) OS(B)AMA IS MOVING OUT OF AFGHAN FEW DAYS AFTER MY POSTING ONLINE AND IS WILLING TO IMPROVE ECONOMY(genocide against whites) JUST FEW MONTHS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS(awesome) !! Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved lots of Dollars in your DEBT DEALS(DEAD & ILL) as those America best (Navy Seals) would  also grew older and then you already know how it goes !!! WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET APE !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !! STOP THE GOVERNMENT TERRORISM AND TERROR AGAINST WHITES WORLDWIDE IN THE NAME OF MULTYCULTURALISM OR NWO !! MULTYCULTURALISM = TERRORISM !!

LaceyB
LaceyB

All of this sounds very expensive and thought provoking, and my condolences go out to that student.

BUT...

I always felt safer each Sept. 11 at UTD, in the engineering building, drinking an orange soda from the vending machine. The chances of them bombing their own at UTD vs. A big shiny-white festival of celebration of freedom at SMU, are two very different probabilities.

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