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Last modified: Wednesday, September 4, 2002

IU Bloomington campus to commemorate 9/11

The Indiana University Bloomington campus will hold a remembrance ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. at Showalter Fountain near the IU Auditorium to reflect upon the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and their aftermath.

As part of the ceremony, three IU students will be awarded 9/11 scholarships. The scholarships are funded by money raised through the IU Student Foundation and will be presented to memorialize those with ties to IU who were victims of the terrorist attacks.

The ceremony will include music by the IU School of Music and the African American Arts Institute. Readings and remarks will be provided by faculty and student representatives. IU President Myles Brand and Bloomington Chancellor Sharon Stephens Brehm also will address the gathering. Bloomington Mayor John Fernandez and Brian O'Neill, president of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners, are scheduled to attend.

"It is important for us to come together as a campus and a community to share our thoughts about these tragic, life-changing events," Brand said. "Our students, faculty and staff joined in a shared sense of humanity and purpose in the days and weeks following September 11. We intend to renew that spirit on this anniversary."

"As I have talked with others about September 11, and thought about how we and other Americans can best respond to both the tragedy of lives cut short and the challenge to stability in the world, I have found the words and the spirit of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to offer consolation and hope," Brehm said. "Lincoln's brief, powerful remarks remind us that after a devastating catastrophe, with great loss of life, the task set for the living is to honor the dead by making the world a better place. I hope we as a campus and as a country can rise to this possibility."

The remembrance ceremony will be only one of many campus and community events that will be held on September 11 in conjunction with the anniversary. Among those events will be a School of Education Web-cast panel discussion from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., chaired by Dean Gerardo Gonzalez, on the implications of 9/11 for education; and a student-led discussion on world issues after 9/11 to be held at 7 p.m. at the Neal Marshall Center. A candlelight march from places around the community will converge at Dunn Meadow at 8 p.m.

Classes will be held as scheduled on September 11. Faculty members are being encouraged to accommodate students who wish to participate in the 4 p.m. ceremony and to incorporate discussions and activities related to the anniversary into their classrooms that day.

A listing of campus and community events surrounding the 9/11 anniversary is available at