Columbia Remembers 9/11

 

As we approach 20 years since the terrible events of September 11, 2001, our community remembers that day, those we lost, and the impact that the terrorist attacks have had on our world. 

Columbians Remember: 20 Years Since the September 11 Attacks

"I was there when each of the towers fell. I was very fortunate in that I was able to survive both collapses. After the second tower collapsed, there was an eerie silence that pervaded the smoking ruins and the rest of lower Manhattan."

— James McShane, Vice President for Public Safety

NYPD car covered in ash after 9/11

Reflections on the Impact of 9/11

Jameel Jaffer, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
In the “War on Terror,” What Did Rights Organizations Get Wrong?

Knight First Amendment Institute's Jameel Jaffer writes about human rights organizations responses to September 11.

Child looking out window
How 9/11 Had an Impact on the Mental Health of Children in New York City

Professor Cristiane Duarte writes about her research on children after 9/11 and how what we've learned should help us to foster mental health resilience among children, adolescents, and young adults in communities most directly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 George Bonanno
What 9/11 Taught Us About Trauma and Resilience

Teachers College Professor George Bonanno writes how distress is a normal reaction to mass tragedy, but so is a relatively prompt climb back to good mental health.

President Bollinger's Message to the Community

A vigil on Low Library steps a year after 9/11/2001.

"Today we honor the 42 Columbia alumni who died in the attacks. We honor the large number of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni who lost family members or friends."

— Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia University President

2021 Events

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SEPT. 9 | Twenty Years after 9/11: How Nonprofits Aided Recovery

 

Columbia University's M.S. Nonprofit Management program and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness invite you to join us for a discussion among three experts that focuses on the recovery of New York City after the 9/11/2001 attacks and the important role played by philanthropic giving and nonprofit organizations in the recovery.

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SEPT. 9 | Roads Not Taken: Reflections on the 9/11 anniversary

 

Co-organized by Just Security and the Knight First Amendment Institute, this panel is a space for critical self-reflection on how the U.S. human rights community responded to the challenges that were presented in the days, months, and years after the attacks

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SEPT. 10 & 11 | Lighting of Low Library Columns & Chapel Bells

 

New York City and Columbia University will mark and remember the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001. The University will light the two main columns of Low Library on the evenings of 9/10 and 9/11 from dusk until midnight.

On the morning of September 11 at 8:45 a.m., the chapel bells will ring to call our community to participate in a moment of silent reflection in memory of the lives lost twenty years ago as a result of that tragic day.

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SEPT. 12 | Memory to Legacy: Living with the Tragedies of 9/11

 

On September 12 at 5:00 p.m., the Barnard Media Center will be hosting an event for the 20th anniversary of September 11th which will feature a screening and panel discussion from the HBO documentary In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11

In Memoriam

The Columbia University community honors the memories of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.

This is a list of the Columbia alumni who perished in the attacks.

PAUL A. ACQUAVIVA
LAW'97

RICHARD A. ARONOW
CC'75

PAUL V. BARBARO
SEAS'91

DANIEL D. BERGSTEIN
SEAS'84

MICHAEL J. BERKELEY
BUS'87

JOSHUA D. BIRNBAUM
GS'01

GAVIN CUSHNY
SEAS

JOSEPH A. DELLA PIETRA
CC'99

JOHN B. FIORITO
CC'82

ARLENE E. FRIED
LAW'93

RICHARD P. GABRIEL, SR.
BUS'72

ROCCO NINO GARGANO
GS

VASSILIOS G. HARAMIS
SEAS'71

JOHN C. HARTZ
BUS'62

BROOKE A. JACKMAN
CC'00

DOUGLAS G. KARPILOFF
SEAS'71

HOWARD L. KESTENBAUM
GSAS'69, GSAS'72

SEILAI KHOO
CC'86

ANDREW J. KIM
SEAS'96

KAREN J. KLITZMAN
SIPA'88

NAUKA KUSHITANI
TC'86; SIPA'88

MATTHEW G. LEONARD
LAW'87

CHARLES A. LESPERANCE
BUS'73

ALISHA C. LEVIN
TC'92

EDWARD LICHTSCHEIN
SEAS'93

ARNOLD A. LIM
SPS'01

JOSEPH MATHAI
BUS'76

DIARELIA J. MENA
SPS

ROBERT M. MURACH
CC'78

BRIAN J. MURPHY
BUS '87

THERESA (GINGER) RISCO NELSON
GS'80

LEAH E. OLIVER
SEAS'98

JEAN HOADLEY PETERSON
TC'77

EHTESHAM U. RAJA
SEAS'96

THOMAS M. REGAN
BUS'98

NASIMA H. SIMJEE
BUS'93

HARRY TABACK
BUS'84

RONALD TARTARO
SEAS'85, '86

TYLER V. UGOLYN
CC'01

VICTOR WALD
SIPA'75; BUS'76

WEIBIN WANG
GSAS'94

BRIAN P. WILLIAMS
CC'94

Stories from Around the University

Carrying the Past Within Us text and light towers.
Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Safwan M. Masri, EVP for Global Centers and Global Development, shares his memory of that fateful day and the days after. 

September 11 10th anniversary memorial at Columbia University
Remembering 9/11 and What We’ve Learned About Its Impact on Mental Health

Professor Yuval Neria discusses the legacy of 9/11 on the treatment of PTSD and trauma-related mental health issues.

Students place flowers in a pool.
Twenty Years After 9/11: America’s Tragedy, Heroism, and Resiliency

SPS Senior Vice Dean Dr. Steven Cohen reflects on his experience and the role of public management on the 20th anniversary of the tragic events. 

World Trade Center site
A Morning That Shook the World: The Seismology of 9/11

Learn about how Kevin Krajick from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) experienced the day, and how LDEO seismologists measured the impacts of the jets colliding into the towers and their collapse.

Two light towers and the statue of liberty.
The Teachers and the Towers

From Teachers College: How educators helped students cope, heal and learn in the aftermath of 9/11.

A rose sits on the 9/11 memorial.
How Giving After 9/11 Helped to Rebuild New York and Transform Philanthropy as We Know It

From the School of Professional Studies: In the weeks after September 11, 2001, individuals had donated $1.7 billion to relief efforts with foundations and corporations adding another $1.1 billion, marking the largest giving event the United States had ever seen at the time

A view of the two towers from below.
Athletics Reflects on 20 Years After 9/11

Twenty years after 9/11, some of Columbia Athletics' coaches and staff who were here at the time reflect on the events of the day