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The Reflecting Wall at MIT
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Donna Coveney

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Several anniversary programs have been scheduled at MIT to commemorate the victims of September 11 and honor those who worked in the recovery effort, and to consider the impact of a day in 2001 that changed the world.

Further details of times and locations of the events are available on a special MIT web site and also will be announced here. See also the MIT News Office Sept. 11 web site, which includes September 11-related news, communications and resources, as well as other upcoming events.

Sunday, September 8, 2002

9/11 New York Firefighters Talk with Children

1 p.m., location to be announced

A special program will be presented by New York City firefighters for children ages 7-12. Registration for the children's program is available in the MITAC office through Friday, Sept. 6. Early registration is recommended.

9/11 Tribute: Honoring Those Who Served

2 p.m., Bldg 10-250

A tribute will be held to honor those who served in the rescue and recovery efforts in New York City. Representatives from the New York City fire and police departments will speak, and a New York sanitation worker will sing "God Bless America" as he did every morning before recovery work began at Ground Zero. Admission to the tribute is free and no registration is required.

A reception will follow at the Reflecting Wall, a replica of a fragment of the wall of the World Trade Center that was installed next to the MIT Chapel last fall.

For more information about both events, email

Monday, September 9, 2002

MIT's Responsibility in a Dangerous World

3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Killian Hall

A panel discussion on what September 11 means for MIT as an institution, led by Prof. Rosalind Williams of the Program on Science, Technology and Society. Sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies.

Responses to September 11: The U.S., Europe, and the Middle East

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Killian Hall.

WIth MIT Professors Stephen Van Evera and Suzanne Berger; Jeremy Pressman, PhD. Sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

A Moment for Peace: In the Jewish Tradition.

7 p.m. Bldg. W11, Hillel Center. More info: 617-253-2982,

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Open Gathering: Flag-Lowering

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., flagpole at du Pont Court (within Killian Court)

Members of the MIT community are invited to join President Vest for an outdoor gathering that will begin this day of remembrance. The brief activity will culminate at 8:46 a.m., the time of the first collision of an airplane with the World Trade Center, with the lowering of the US flag to half-staff and the chiming of the MIT Chapel bell in unison with bells throughout Cambridge.

All-day Vigil for Remembrance, Peace, and Healing

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MIT Chapel. Sponsored by MIT Chaplains

"Wings of Peace"

10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Kresge Oval

The MIT community is invited to write their hopes, longings, prayers for peace onto individual 'prayer flags' during the course of the day on Sept 11 that will be joined together in our common prayer for peace in our time. Sponsored by the MIT Board of Chaplains.

Museums Celebrate America's Freedoms: Joining Communities in a Day of Remembrance

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., MIT Museum, N52-2nd floor (265 Massachusetts Ave.)

Free admission; display of 1975 scale model of lower Manhattan built by the staff of the MIT Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel for a study of pedestrian-level wind effects. Sponsored by the MIT Museum.

Open Art Studio for personal expression

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lobby 10.

Sponsored by Artists Behind the Desk.

The War on Terror a Year Later

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Bldg E38-615

Security Studies Program seminar with Nazli Choucri, Owen Cote, Harvey Sapolsky and Steve Van Evera of MIT. More info: Dee Siddalls, 617-452-2542,

Islam in America: Reflecting, Sharing, and Understanding

3 p.m., Bldg. 2-190.

Sponsored by the MIT Muslim Students' Association. More info:

All-Community Campus Gathering: students, faculty, staff

5 p.m., Kresge Oval (rain location: Kresge Auditorium)

MIT's observance of the one-year anniversary of September 11 will culminate with an all-community gathering for students, faculty and staff on Kresge Oval. The program will remember our past, look towards our shared future, and include global prayers of faith and peace. Featured speakers include President Vest, Chancellor Clay and Jyoti Agarwal '03. To mark the transition from reflection to action, "The Reflecting Wall at MIT" will be veiled and student living groups will present their shared commitments for future action. Members of the MIT Symphony Orchestra will perform at this event. More info: 617-253-3365

Cities and Resurrection: Jerusalem and US

5:45 p.m., Bldg 1-190

Final lecture of the MIT Resilient City Project, by MIT architecture professor Julian Beinart. More info: 617-253-7791

Holy Communion Service in Honor of the Victims of 9/11

6 p.m., MIT Chapel, following the all-community campus gathering on Kresge Oval. Sponsored by the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry

City of Cambridge Vigil of Light on the Charles River

7:45 p.m., along the Charles River. Sponsored by the City of Cambridge.

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