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Campus events will commemorate Sept. 11 anniversary

U-M will commemorate the anniversary of Sept. 11 with a day-long series of events, including an appearance by Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, the dedication of a plaque for the 18 alumni who died in the terrorist attacks, and culminating in a student-organized candlelight vigil. The events are free and open to the public.

“Sept. 11: One Year Later, One Year Forward,” 10 a.m. in the School of Public Health, Room 3001, SPH I, 109 S. Observatory St. Sponsored by the Michigan Bioterrorism and Health Preparedness Research and Training Center, this program will address public health preparedness and lessons learned from Sept. 11. Participants will discuss how to invest the large infusion of resources expected to go toward public health.

The speakers are Noreen M. Clark, dean and professor of public health; Matthew Boulton, state epidemiologist, Michigan Department of Community Health, and clinical associate professor of epidemiology; Harold Pollack, associate professor of public health; Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology and director of the Michigan Bioterrorism and Health Preparedness Research and Training Center; and Rosemarie Rowney, director of bioterrorism training at the center. The moderator is Jenifer Martin, administrator at the center.
Students participated in a candlelight vigil following the terrorist attacks. A similar event will be held this year. (File photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

“The Josh Rosenthal Lecture,” noon in the Michigan League Ballroom, 911 N. University Ave. The Ford School of Public Policy, which is sponsoring the lecture, will welcome keynote speaker Scowcroft, who served under presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H. W. Bush. Scowcroft plans to discuss U.S. foreign and military policies.

Other speakers include David Featherman, director of the Institute for Social Research, on public attitudes concerning security and civil liberties, and Marina Whitman, professor of business administration and public policy, on changes in international financial policy. The lecture will honor Rosenthal, a U-M graduate who died in the World Trade Center. Additional information is available at (734) 764-8593 or

Remembrance ceremony, noon in the University Hospital courtyard. The U-M Health System’s Office of Pastoral Care will hold a ceremony that will be televised live through the hospital’s closed-circuit system for staff members and patients who cannot attend in person. Also, the health system’s staff members are encouraged to observe a moment of silence at 9:11 a.m.

Dedication ceremony, 3 p.m. at the U-M Alumni Center, 200 Fletcher St. A black granite plaque, engraved with the names of the alumni and the years of their degrees, was designed by staff from the University Architect’s Office and Plant Department. The Alumni Association and the University administration donated it.

The program will include remarks by Marilynn Rosenthal, professor of behavioral sciences at U-M– Dearborn. Rosenthal, whose son Josh died in the attacks, will speak on behalf of victims’ families.

U-M President Mary Sue Coleman and Alumni Association President Saul Green also will speak. The plaque will be installed and on permanent display beginning Sept. 9. Building hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays. Memorial tributes to each of the U-M graduates who died in the attacks can be found on the Alumni Association’s Web site at
Students donated blood last year to help the victims of Sept. 11. (File photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

A remembrance and coping session, 3–5 p.m. in the MCHC auditorium of University Hospitals. Hosted by the MWorks Employee Assistance Program, the event is meant to help participants express their reactions to the Sept. 11 anniversary and share how children are coping. It is designed to honor those who died by having participants look for heroes or heroines in their own lives. Other participants include faculty and staff from the Department of Psychiatry.

“Terrorism and Globalization: Looking Back, Looking Forward,” a symposium, 4–6 p.m. at the Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 S. State St. Panelists will discuss topics such as humanitarian law, military history and how American Muslims’ civil liberties have been affected since Sept. 11.

The speakers are: Juan Cole, professor of history; Sherman A. Jackson, associate professor of Near Eastern studies; Javed Nazir, visiting professor of communications; Mark Tessler, professor of political science; Ashutosh Varshney, associate professor of political science and director of the Center for South Asian Studies; and Susan Waltz, professor of international relations and public policy. Michael D. Kennedy, professor of social science, vice provost for international affairs and director of the International Institute, will serve as moderator. For more information, contact Melissa Beck at (734) 936-6510.

“9/11: In Remembrance,” 8 p.m., a concert in the Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St. The performance will feature the University Symphony Orchestra, University Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Choir, University Choir, Orpheus Singers and singers from the Ann Arbor community. The musical selections are the “Star Spangled Banner,” Mozart’s “Lacrymosa” from Requiem, Randall Thompson’s Finale from “The Testament of Freedom” and Finale from Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.
Sept. 11, 2001 candlelight vigil. (File photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Candlelight Vigil, 9 p.m., Central Campus Diag. Members of the community will gather at the Diag for a candlelight vigil with music and remarks by speakers, including U-M President Mary Sue Coleman and Ann Arbor Police Chief Daniel Oates.

U-M–Dearborn panel, noon–1:30 p.m., School of Management Building, Lecture Hall B. A Student Government-organized panel of faculty, staff, students and alumni will reflect on what has happened on campus and in their lives since Sept. 11. The gathering will include music, poetry and brief comments by some in attendance. For more information, contact Kris Day, student organizations adviser, at (313) 593-5390 or visit


U-M–Flint, “Pride, Patriotism and Paint,” including the painting of a mural starting at 6 a.m. and a formal memorial service at 5 p.m., University Pavilion. Michael Sevick, a U-M–Flint assistant professor of art, and his students worked with several Genessee County groups to design a mural. Eight 4-by-8-foot panels will depict how community groups and organizations responded to the events of Sept. 11. The formal service will include a presentation by the U-M–Flint Choir and remarks by Chancellor Juan Mestas. For more information, contact Jennifer Hogan with University Relations at (810) 762-3351 or visit

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