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Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011

IU campuses plan services, lectures, concerts to mark 9/11 anniversary

Sept. 1, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks this month with a variety of activities, including lectures and panel discussions, concerts, community service and opportunities for reflection and remembrance.

At IU Bloomington, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to "Indiana University Remembers 9/11," a public event at 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Indiana University Auditorium featuring musicians from the Jacobs School of Music. Weather permitting, it will take place outdoors at the Auditorium steps.

Speakers will include IU President Michael A. McRobbie; Robert Loviscek, president of the Bloomington Metropolitan Professional Firefighters Local 586; Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan; and Kevin Bush, a member of the IU football team whose four years of service with the U.S. Army included tours of duty in Korea and Iraq with the 101st Airborne Infantry.

The Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Effron, will perform Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" and "Adagietto" from Mahler's Symphony No. 5. Soprano Heidi Grant Murphy and pianist Kevin Murphy, IU graduates whose careers have flourished internationally and who are new members of the Jacobs School of Music faculty, will perform. A vocal ensemble from the Jacobs School will also perform.

A beam from the World Trade Center, which will become part of a permanent 9/11 memorial in Bloomington, will be on display outside the Auditorium.

On the morning of Sept. 11, members of the IU Bloomington community are invited to gather to watch televised remembrance ceremonies in New York City, Washington, D.C., and at the Flight 93 National Memorial site in Pennsylvania. Public viewing areas will include the Great Room of Hutton Honors College, room 219 at the Kelley School of Business and Edmonson Lounge in Collins Living-Learning Center.

IU Bloomington events also include a panel discussion Sept. 15 at IU Auditorium by members of the National Commission on the Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, along with lectures, discussions, performances, exhibits, films and other activities organized by campus organizations and departments. Some events coincide with Themester 2011: "Making War, Making Peace," a themed semester sponsored by the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

Information about events on all IU campuses is posted at

At Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Democracy Plaza will host one of its signature Pass the Mic events focused on the 9/11 anniversary. It will take place Sept. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center atrium. The IUPUI campus community is invited to discuss thoughts and reflections of post-9/11 life through a facilitated dialogue. Participants will complete an information sheet to spark discussion on issues such as homeland security, privacy and the Muslim experience in America. For more information about Democracy Plaza, go to

Also, the Center for Service and Learning and Office of Student Involvement will collect "I will…" statements during the week of Sept. 12-16. The statements will tell how members of the IUPUI community will use the memory and legacy of 9/11 to better the world. A "quilt" will be made of the responses on Sept. 16, the IUPUI Day of Caring service day. To register to volunteer, go to:

IU East will join the City of Richmond and Fountain City Wesleyan Church to sponsor a day of observance and service for the 9/11 anniversary. The public is invited to the event at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Veterans Park. Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton will speak, and Student Veteran Organization members will take part in the ceremony, which was initiated by the IU East Experiential Learning Center in collaboration with the "Better Together" program created by the Interfaith Youth Corps.

In addition to the remembrance service, IU East will sponsor several events from Sept. 6-12, including a Reflection Wall in the Whitewater Hall lobby, film showings, a tree planting, student discussions and community service opportunities. See a campus news release for more information.

Indiana University Kokomo will have a 9/11 memorial service at 1 p.m. on Sept. 12 in Kresge Auditorium, featuring guest speaker Capt. Paul Thompson of the Marion, Ind., Fire Department. Thompson traveled to New York with other firefighters to help with recovery after the 2001 attacks. Later, he met the mother of Michael Mullan, a New York City firefighter who died at the World Trade Center, and made a commitment to tell about his life and death. For a preview of the IU Kokomo program, view a video featuring Capt. Thompson at

"It's been a huge honor to have made that connection, to have met Mrs. Mullan and to continue telling the story of her son," Thompson said.

IU Northwest will have a 9/11 ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the campus flagpole on Broadway. Chancellor William J. Lowe will speak, paying honor to students and staff who have served or are serving in the U.S. military.

A flag that was flown over Baghdad on July 4, 2011, and was presented to the campus by Clarence Green, an IU Northwest crafts worker, will be placed in a case for public display on the campus. Items from the ceremony, including an Army helmet, a firefighter's helmet and a police officer's cap, will be transferred to the campus's John W. Anderson Library/Conference Center for future display.

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne will have a week of activities related to the 9/11 anniversary, including a panel discussion on "9/11: Reflections on Ten Turbulent Years" with IPFW faculty members, an opportunity for students to write public remembrances, and several musical performances.

"Heartland Sings: Tenth Anniversary Commemoration of 9/11," a community event featuring the Heartland Festival Chorus and Orchestra, will take place at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at Auer Performance Hall in the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center. Free tickets are available to IPFW students, faculty and staff; general admission tickets are $20.

At IU South Bend, the American Democracy Project and the Political Science Club will partner with the Office of Student Life to invite students to a screening of the CBS television special "9/11: 10 Years Later" on the evening of Sept. 11. There will be a display of books, media, documents and photos related to 9/11 at the Schurz Library from Sept. 6-15.

Planning continues for 9/11 commemoration events on other IU campuses. For more information, see campus websites.