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Commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of 9/11

12:00AM / Monday, September 11, 2006

In observance of the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001, several local communities of faith and Williams College are collaborating on a series of remembrance and reflection.


On Monday, September 11, several local churches will toll their bells for one minute at 8:55 a.m. The community is invited to pause for a moment of reflection, in remembrance of the lives lost at that hour five years ago.

Also on Monday, St. John's Episcopal Church at 35 Park Street will host two Vigils of Hope and Healing: from noon to 1 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. Each hour will offer four fifteen-minute segments of music, reading, prayer, and silence. Participants may come and go as they need to, and will have opportunity to light a candle and, if they wish, to post a prayer, message, or quotation before leaving.

And on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. several members of the Williams College faculty will offer a panel discussion on the topic, "How the world has changed since 9/11/01" – in the Jewish Religious Center at 24 Stetson Court. Panelists include Professors William Darrow (Religion), Marc Lynch (Political Science), Gail Newman (Comparative Literature), and Armando Vargas (Comparative Literature).

On Tuesday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. a film titled "Kabul Transit" will be shown in the Thompson Biology Building, room 112. The film, by Gregory Whitmore and Williams anthropology professor David Edwards, offers a "spare, unsentimental and uncompromising look, without intro, commentary or visual aid, at a spectral range of inhabitants in Afghanistan's capital, a city in fragments, in 2003." [Variety]

All events are open to the public without charge. All venues are wheelchair-accessible. No one point of view is assumed by these events. Recognizing that 9/11 evokes complex memories and represents conflicting meanings and values, these events will simply offer opportunity to reflect and to remember as a community.
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