From intellectual discussion, to more personal and emotional reflections, the College has provided interested students and faculty with opportunities to consider the impact of 9/11 from various angles.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, current students and faculty of the College have the opportunity to gather on and off campus to remember the attacks, those gone and those left behind, at two different ceremonies.
Members of the campus community can participate in a candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m. on Alumni Grove, between Eickhoff Hall and the Library. Following the vigil, sponsored by the Inter-Greek Council and Student Government, a brief period of reflection will be held in the Brower Student Center. Ribbons will be distributed for attendees to wear during the ceremony, as well as throughout the following week. In case of rain, the vigil meeting place will be moved from the grove to the Brower Student Center Atrium.
Also on Sunday, faculty, students and Ewing residents are invited to attend “9/11 – A Decade of Remembrance,” a Ewing Township community event sponsored by township, the Ewing Patriotic Committee and the Prospect Heights Volunteer Fire Company. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Central: A Christ-Centered Church, on 2015 Pennington Road, directly across from the College.
On Wednesday, Sept. 13, United Nations consultant Yassin El-Ayouty `53, PhD, will honor the memory of victims of 9/11 with a public lecture titled “What the Arab Revolution Means to 9/11.” El-Ayouty will speak in The College of New Jersey Library Auditorium at 4 p.m.
An expert on terrorism, Islam, and the law, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Anti-Terrorism Center of Cairo University, El-Ayouty has written several books, including “Perspectives on 9/11” (Greenwood Press, 2004). El-Ayouty is currently working on a book to be titled “Islam and Global Security: The Convergence of Islamic Law and US Laws.” Between 1948 and 1952, El-Ayouty taught modern history of Egypt and the Sudan at Model School in Cairo, Egypt. After his studies at the College, he served the UN from 1954 to 1986 in several capacities, including being UN spokesman during the Algerian war of independence. He later became chief of the African division, and Secretary of the Council for Namibia, Department of Political Affairs and Decolonization. Since 1995, he has worked in the fields of trans-jurisdictional and international law.
Additionally, on Sunday, Sept. 11, TCNJ music professor Tomoko Kanamaru will play piano at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Commemorative Concert, presented by the New York Chamber Music Festival and Symphony Space. Theconcert is dedicated to the people of New York City and will feature appearances by some of New York’s most illustrious artists, actors, athletes and politicians. This free event will take place on Sunday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York City. It will feature music and poetry poignant to the events of 9/11, as well as spoken tributes by Sonia Sotomayor, Al Sharpton and others. For more information, visit: www.symphonyspace.org/