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Quiet reflection to mark September 11

By : Gail Glover

Binghamton University will mark the second anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with moments of silence and quiet reflection. Several group activities are also planned.

Binghamton President Lois B. DeFleur said members of the campus community are encouraged to find an opportunity to reflect on the tragedy and the continuing implications of 9/11 at some point during the day. “Even though time has passed, it doesn’t lessen the tremendous impact this tragic event has had on all of us in the University family,” DeFleur said. “With the current conflicts in the world, we are regularly reminded of the challenges we face as we continue to try to understand the views and perspectives of different cultures and societies.”

The flag in front of the Administration Building will be lowered to half-staff at 8:46 a.m. marking the moment of the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center. A moment of silence will follow.

The Library Tower carillon will sound four times — at 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:59 a.m. and 10:29 a.m.— to coincide with the timing of the attacks and the collapse of the two Trade Center towers.

The Department of Music will present a tape-recorded performance of John Adams' "On The Transmigration of Souls," a response in music to the events of September 11, at 1:20 p.m. Thursday in FA-Casadesus. Adams, the conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic to write the Pulitizer Prize-winning piece for the orchestra's observance of the first anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center. Faculty composer Paul Goldstaub will make brief introductory comments.

Hillel/Jewish Student Union and Chabad House will sponsor a Mitzvah Marathon from 8:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. throughout the day outside the University Union to encourage students to pledge or perform a mitzvah or good deed, such as donating blood, collecting food for CHOW or volunteering at a favorite charity.

Members of the campus community who wish to spend a few moments of contemplation are invited to visit the Memorial Courtyard, which serves as a permanent memorial to those lost on September 11. The courtyard features a memorial bearing commemorative tiles for each of the 15 BU alumni who died at the World Trade Center.

A four-part lecture series titled “The U.S., the World and 9/11” will address a series of issues related to the events of September 11. Immanuel Wallerstein will be the first speaker Tuesday, September 9, in Casadesus Hall, to be followed by Herbert Bix Tuesday, October 28; Donald Quataert Tuesday, November 4; and Ali Mazrui Thursday, November 20. The series is open to the University and community.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08