Haverford Remembers 9/11

To honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we are inviting the Haverford community to share reflections on our blog.

A Swamp Chestnut Oak planted by former grounds manager Eric Larson on 9/11 in front of the KINSC rotunda has thrived in the decade since.

To honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we are inviting you to share your reflections below in the comments section.

Details about events are being posted below as they become available.

The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship is sponsoring an event with author and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek on September 14 in Sharpless Auditorium. Malek will read from her book, Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice, a collection of oral histories of 18 individuals who have suffered human and civil rights abuses of the post-9/11 backlash and the War on Terror.

Howard Lutnick ’83, chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, will share his story and the Cantor story of resilience, rebuilding and triumph after losing 658 of his employees in the attack on the World Trade Center. His talk will be held during Family & Friends Weekend: Saturday, October 29, at 11:00 a.m.

** There will be a candlelight vigil held on Founders Green at 8 p.m. on 9/11 to honor those impacted by the tragic events. All members of the Haverford community are welcome to join in the observance to be with others, speak, listen or enjoy silent thought.

**The documentary, Objects and Memory, by Jonathan Fein ’72, will be rebroadcast (starting 8/29) on PBS to mark the 9/11 anniversary. The film, which is narrated by actor Frank Langella and uses music by Philip Glass, follows curators from the New York Historical Society as they retrieve and preserve material from Ground Zero, and includes interviews with historians and people affected by the tragedy as they discuss the everyday objects that became precious in the wake of the event. Check your local PBS listings for showtimes. For more on Objects and Memory, please refer to this story that we wrote back in 2008, when it was originally broadcast.

** Every year the two companies of Howard Lutnick ’83, BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald, donate 100% of their global earnings on 9/11 to 75 international charities. In commemoration of the 658 employees they lost in the World Trade Center attacks, the companies host celebrities and charity ambassadors who join licensed brokers to conduct transactions with clients on 9/11. This year, to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, those ambassadors included Prince Harry (who closed the largest foreign currency trade), Presidents Clinton and Bush, Carmelo Anthony, Ben Stiller, Rolling Stone Ron Wood and Harry Potter himself (Daniel Radcliff), among many others. Charity Day raised $12 million dollars this year and has raised $77 million globally since its inception. Read more here.