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Loyola University Chicago to Mark the 10th Anniversary of September 11
Weeklong Series of Events Runs from September 10–15
CHICAGO, September 1, 2011— To recognize the 10–year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Loyola University Chicago community will gather for a number of events on campus to reflect on the events and implications of that tragic day. The events, held from September 10–15, are intended to honor those who lost their life and to consider what we as a nation and world have learned since that day. The theme of the week is Looking Back, Looking Forward: The 10th Anniversary of 9/11.
“Last spring, with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 looming large in the national psyche, the University Provost John Pelissero and I discussed the importance of having Loyola address that historic event in some thought-provoking and thoughtful way,” said Kathleen Maas Weigert, PhD, the Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professorship in Women and Leadership, assistant to the provost for social justice initiatives, and chair of the University’s 9/11 committee. “We hope this week offers a variety of ways for the Loyola community to pause and think about what have we learned since 9/11, and what we might do in order to make this world of ours a less violent, more just one.”
On September 10, Loyola’s School of Social Work and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis will host The Trauma and Terror of 9/11: 10 Years Later, a day-long conference featuring experts who will interpret the intense emotions of the day and its long-term effects. Following the conference will be a candlelight vigil commemoration service on the East Quad of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus held on September 11, at 8 p.m. During the ceremony, the Loyola community will gather around the University’s peace pole to honor those who lost their lives. The ceremony will include music, prayers from different faith traditions, reflections, and remarks by Loyola President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
Other events include a panel discussion featuring various faculty members discussing Politics, Life, and Society Since 9/11, a 9/11 commemoration week multi-faith volunteer opportunity that includes Loyola students volunteering at Misericordia’s Family Fest on September 11, student-group events such as the International Club’s interactive exhibition and discussion of the 9/11 attacks, and many more. The week will end with an artistic presentation by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts students. Titled A Clear Day in Early September, the presentation includes a short program of images, poems, music, and interviews about the events of September 11, 2011, and their impact on today’s society.
For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit LUC.edu/911.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China, and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the top national universities by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.