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More Universities Remember 9/11

Highs and lows in higher education's commemorations.

8:00 AM, Sep 10, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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More readers are writing in to tell us how colleges and universities around the country are commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11 (and be sure to read Charlotte Allen's piece on how the country's elite universities are observing the tenth anniversary). Here are those examples:

A student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater describes how his campus is remembering:

This year we will be remembering the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11th. To try and do our part in remembering and honoring all those that gave their lives the UW-Whitewater College Republicans will be erecting a memorial on the night of September 10th composed of 2,977 American flags on the University Center Mall, each representing a life lost that day. At noon on Monday our chancellor and many other representatives of the community will join the memorial to share thoughts and honor those that were lost.

At Fordham University in New York City, students and faculty will commemorate those members of the Fordham community--students, alumni, and family members--who died on 9/11 at two university wide Masses on Sunday. At Saint Louis University, an interfaith prayer service was held yesterday morning, at 10:03 (the time the fourth plane crashed). Three Masses will be held on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Emory University's Oxford College campus will be hosting "9/11 Ten Years Later: Gathering Community, Sharing Light, Practicing Respect" on Sunday. 

And part of the University of Texas's commemoration on Sunday will include the staging of a play titled "september play" by Courtney Sale. Here's how the UT public affairs office describes the play:

“September play” counters that issue of ineffability by using objects (library books, guitars, shoes) as metaphors and by employing a variety of mediums — dance, puppetry, audio clips, and film — beginning with a massive art installation, a 20-by-40 image constructed entirely of stamps in the 24 hours preceding the performance. It promises to be exactly the sort of large-scale spectacle that’s come to be expected from the creative team that also produced the highly acclaimed “The Fictional Life of Historical Oddities” at the 2011 Cohen New Works Festival — Rowan Doyle, Darwin Gilmore, Tom Horan and Cheng-Wei Teng.

“There’s sorrow and ache in the piece that will always be there, yet there are also things that are hopeful and playful and peaceful,” said Sale. “I’m not interested in opening wounds that can’t be sewn up, but the first goal is to remember. The second is simply to visualize a better future.”

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