SMU commemorates 9/11 on the 10th anniversary

SMU hosted thought-provoking events and special tributes to those who died in the terrorists' attacks. See the videos and slide show.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, SMU hosted a range of public events Sept. 7 – 11 to help the community find peace and meaning after that devastating day.

"It was gratifying to see so many programs within the University come together to consider how the events of 9/11 affected our national character," said Rita Kirk, director of SMU's Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility, overall sponsor of the events.

"Each group had its own perspective. Each permitted us to consider more than the simple expression of patriotic support or moral reflection, but to know that we made a considered choice. The Maguire Ethics Center's hope is that we will continue to find ways of bringing the community together to remember, reflect, and then dedicate our lives to the implementation of our values," Kirk said.

Among the featured speakers during the week of commemoration were Christina Rancke, whose father died in New York City on 9/11; Rick Halperin, director of SMU's Embrey Human Rights Program; William J. Abraham, the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology; and 9/11-hate crime survivor Rais Bhuiyan of (See a list of speakers and events.)

The Maguire Center created an online journal where visitors could leave their reflections on the 10th anniversary. The site also included a link to SMU's original set of remembrance journals created on September 11, 2001.


SMU Commemorates the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001

Christina Rancke interviewed by WFAA News

The SMU community recorded its thoughts and emotions in journals.

Christina Rancke talks with the Maguire Center
SMU commemorates 911
See a slide show of SMU 9/11 events.

SMU Professor William Abraham speaks on
"Haunted Memories and Complex Loyalties"

Flags at the Meadows Museum Sculpture Garden.

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