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Sept. 2, 2011

UI to hold, participate in 9/11 anniversary events

University of Iowa-affiliated groups and individuals are sponsoring or participating in several activities tied to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

UI President Sally Mason is scheduled to speak during a 9/11 memorial being held Sunday, Sept. 11, at City Park and sponsored by the Johnson County Consultation of Religious Organizations, the interfaith organization for Iowa City/Coralville. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival Stage in City Park.

The memorial will open with the presentation of the colors by a fire and police honor guard, followed by remarks by special guests, a performance by the Disciples Strings of First Christian Church, and reflections by religious leaders from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions. Following the presentations, participants are invited to take part in a Slow Walk for Peace around City Park.

Other 9/11 anniversary activities planned include:

- On Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. Christopher Merrill, director of the UI International Writing Program (IWP), will moderate a reading scheduled in conjunction with the release of Granta magazine's 116th issue, titled "Ten Years Later," intended to spur conversation about how the world has changed -- aesthetically, morally and politically -- since the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Merrill will be joined by UI alumna Z.Z. Packer from the fiction faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Horacio Castellanos Moya from the UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and IWP resident writers Bina Shah of Pakistan and Kevin Bloom of South Africa. Details at

- Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7, the UI Center for Student Involvement and Leadership will distribute "Remember 9/11" buttons in the Iowa Memorial Union and will post a large piece of butcher paper where students can write their memories over the 9/11 weekend.

- Friday, Sept. 9, the IWP will mark the 9/11 anniversary with a free panel discussion at noon in the Gerber Lounge of the UI English-Philosophy Building. Pizza will be served. Nonfiction writer/journalist Kevin Bloom from South Africa, fiction writer Pilar Quintana from Colombia and fiction writer/journalist Bina Shah from Pakistan will provide an international perspective on the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., and their aftermath. Details at

NOTE TO EDITORS: Retired Air Force Col. Debra Shattuck, a graduate student working on her doctorate in history at the UI, is available for interviews to discuss her experience being in the Pentagon when it was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. She can be reached at 605-415-5035, or by email at, and she will be in Iowa City until Thursday, Sept. 8, after which she'll be traveling for several days. Additionally, a list of UI faculty and staff who can speak on a number of issues related to 9/11 and its impact is available at

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