George Mason Remembers Sept. 11 Today, Tomorrow

Posted: September 10, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dominick Rubino

The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) and the Community Resilience Project of Northern Virginia are holding an evening of remembrance tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall to reflect on the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

A discussion will feature a multicultural perspective and will analyze what was learned as well as what can be done differently in the future. The event will focus on how the George Mason community has grown–both individually and as a group–following the devastating attacks.

A choir will lead off the evening, and a PowerPoint presentation will show the innocence of the pre-Sept. 11 cities and the aftermath of the attacks. The interactive discussion along with the presentation will mesh a number of different views to show how events have changed perceptions of the world. The audience will have a chance to talk about how the events made them feel. To RSVP, call (703) 533-5388.

The discussion will be followed by an acknowledgement of the lives that were lost at the Pentagon with a candle-lighting ceremony at 9:30 p.m. at the George Mason Pond. In addition, Student Government is building a bench to be placed next to the pond that will be constructed from the same materials used in World Trade Center. The structure will include three I-beams and concrete finished with a clear resin, and will feature three protruding nails–each symbolizing the lives lost in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania.

Tomorrow, Dan Bryant, acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice, will be sharing his experiences from Sept. 11, 2001, and discussing the Department of Justice’s response to terrorism, including the U.S.A. Patriot Act. The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Law School Building on the Arlington Campus, Room 121.

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