September 11, 2011 will mark 10 years since the largest terrorist attack in the United States. That morning, four commercial passenger jet airliners were hijacked by al-Qaeda members and intentionally crashed. Two were piloted into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a fourth crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa., after passengers attempted to retake control. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, and damage estimates rose to billions of dollars.
Wake Forest responded at the time with an outpouring of emotional support, fundraising and academic events (see sidebar).
Wake Forest has continued to respond in successive years, and the campus will remember the tragedy this year with a series of events.
“Ten years after the 9/11 terror attacks, people are in different stages of grief and recovery,” said University Chaplain Timothy Auman. “Our intent is to create an environment of reflection and a continuance of personal and collective healing.”
Three perspectives on 9/11
What does an academic institution have to bring to our understanding of world events? This question, explained Political Science Department Chair Katy Harriger, led to the idea for an academic panel discussion about the impact of 9/11. Read more »
WFU commemorates Sept. 11
Wake Forest will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks with a service of remembrance in Wait Chapel at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Other events will take place on or around campus through Sept. 11.
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9/11 legacy: Middle East studies
As the nation sought to understand the attacks, college students (like Charles Klug, pictured) looked for more opportunities to study the politics, culture and language of the Middle East. The surge translated into more related courses and the development of the Middle East and South Asia Program (MESA) minor.
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» Samuel T. Gladding, professor, Counseling
» Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Dean, Wake Forest College
» Gail R. O’Day, Dean, School of Divinity
» Mark E. Welker, Interim Provost
» Bill Leonard, professor, School of Divinity
» Lauren Bienemann, Class of 2006
» Major John Cudar, Air Force ROTC
» Jonathan Willingham, Class of 2003
» Nathan Gunter, Class of 2002
» Lisa (Mann) Tandan, Class of 2004
» David Lubin, professor, Art
» Brett Eaton, executive director, News and Communciations
» Betsy Chapman, associate director, Parent Programs
» Bob Mills, associate vice president, University Advancement
» Mike Buddie, associate athletic director for administration and development
» Dwayne Godwin, associate dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
The City of Winston-Salem is held a Community Commemoration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in Joel Coliseum. The commemoration remembered those who perished and honor local first responders, including a video of recollections by local police officers and fire fighters who went to New York to assist with the recovery. Learn more »
“Wake Forest Remembers” photo gallery »
Here are some examples of how Wake Forest students responded to 9/11: