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Release: Aug. 30, 2002

UI events commemorate Sept. 11 anniversary

A year after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 the University of Iowa is planning several events for students, faculty, staff, and community members who wish to reflect on the anniversary and consider the changes the year has brought. All events are free and open to the public.

During the 9:20 a.m. class change, David Greenhoe, UI music professor, will play Taps on the Pentacrest between Schaeffer and Macbride Halls. Those in the area will be asked to observe a respectful quiet during and after the song.

The Association of Campus Ministers will host a day for "Prayers of Remembrance and Hope" in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 11. Individuals and groups are invited to visit the Main Lounge for silent prayer and reflection any time during the day. Campus Ministers will be on hand to answer questions and offer assistance. Guests will find a memorial to the victims of Sept. 11, a table with prayer resources from a variety of world religions, and a table with writing and drawing materials for those who wish to express their thoughts, prayers, and reflections on paper. Counselors from University Counseling Service will be present to offer services to anyone requesting it. Music for reflection will be provided by UI music professor Jeffrey Agrell on French horn, Linda Kroon and Tara Dutcher with piano and violin duets, and the Maia Quartet playing the Cavatini Movement from Beethoven's Quartet, Opus 130.

During a panel discussion hosted by the UI International Writing Program in the afternoon, six international writers will discuss, "Reflections on a Global Year: The Worldview post Sept. 11." Writers on the panel include Sukrita Paul Kumar (India), Guillermo Martínez (Argentina), Gordon McLauchlan (New Zealand), Dorit Rabinyan (Israel), Charlson Ong (Philippines), and Sunny Ayewanu (Nigeria). They will reflect on how the world has changed in the last year, what the effect has been on art and literature, and what the ongoing effect is likely to be. The event takes place from 3:30-5 p.m. in Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library 3:30-5 p.m.

The university is also participating in a community event planned for the evening of Sept. 11. The event runs from 7-8 p.m. on the Shakespeare Stage in City Park and will include musical performances, speeches by community leaders including UI Interim President Willard "Sandy" Boyd, and an announcement of a tree memorial to be dedicated at a later date. Trees are being donated by local communities and organizations, including the UI. Fire and police departments, including UI Public Safety, as well as local American Legion posts, are being asked to send a contingent to parade into the park at the beginning of the ceremony.

In addition, two campus lectures are tied to the Sept. 11 anniversary, although they are scheduled on different dates.

On Monday, Sept. 9, Israeli scholars Tzvi Adelman and Muhammed Abu Samra will speak about "The Road to Achva: a Jewish and a Palestinian Perspective on Life in Israel." The lecture/dialogue begins at 7 p.m. in W10 Buchanan Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Building. Achva, which is the Hebrew word for friendship, is the name of the college where the two scholars teach in Israel. The program is co-sponsored by UI International Programs, Hillel, and the Crossing Borders Program

On Friday, Sept. 20, Thomas J. Friedman, the foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times, will speak about "The World in an Age of Terrorism: Reflections on September 11." Friedman, who has won three Pulitzer Prizes for his incisive coverage of Middle East issues, will speak at 4 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. His presentation is the UI College of Law's annual Levitt Lecture.