Published: Sept. 9, 2011

MSU, community to commemorate 10th anniversary of Sept. 11

Contact(s): Jennifer Orlando Media Communications office: (517) 353-4355 cell: (517) 980-0076, Marie McKenna city of East Lansing office: (517) 319-6881, Joan Jackson Johnson city of Lansing office: (517) 483-4477

EAST LANSING, Mich. — To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Michigan State University and the cities of East Lansing and Lansing are hosting several events through December on MSU's campus and throughout the community.

Titled "Ten Years After 9/11: Reflections on a Decade of Change," the initiative is being sponsored by Community Conversations, a committee formed this year by the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and its Intercultural Education Network. The intent is to collaborate on existing and new projects that allow for intercultural dialogues among those who live and work in the surrounding communities.

"Mayor Vic Loomis of East Lansing, Mayor Virg Bernero of Lansing and I believe that it's important our respective communities come together to commemorate such an historic event and reflect on how our country has changed since Sept. 11, 2001," said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. "Together, through dialogue, education and awareness, we can inspire a peaceful future."

Following are some of the notable events taking place the week of Sept. 11:

Memorial service
8:45 a.m., Sept. 11
Wentworth Park, Lansing

"Folding Together for Hope and Peace"
(origami paper crane folding)
1 to 5 p.m., Sept. 11
MSU Museum auditorium

Performance of Mozart's Requiem
3 p.m., Sept. 11
Plymouth Congregational Church, Lansing

"Remembering 9/11: A Mosaic of Faith Expression'
4:30 p.m., Sept. 11
Hannah Community Center, East Lansing

Reception and grand opening of the MSU Museum exhibit: "A Community between Two Worlds: Arabs Americans in Greater Detroit"
3 to 5 p.m., Sept. 14
Brody Hall Grotto and First Floor Gallery

Symposium: "Ten Years after 9/11: Reflections and Analyses"
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 15
MSU Union Ballroom

Symposium speakers include:

  • Lou Anna K. Simon, President, Michigan State University
  • Kim Wilcox, Provost, Michigan State University
  • Mohammed Ayoob, University Distinguished Professor of International Relations at Michigan State University
  • C. Christine Fair, assistant professor in the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Andrew Flibbert, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
  • Fawaz A. Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and  professor of Middle Eastern politics and international relations
  • Mark N. Katz, professor of government and politics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
  • Ian S. Lustick, Bess W. Heyman Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Joanne Mariner, Rita Hauser Director of Human Rights Program at Hunter College in New York

For a complete list of events, visit


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