Reflecting on Loss and Challenges Ten Years after 9/11

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Credit: MARTHA STEWART

The Harvard Law School community commemorated the 10th anniversary of September 11th with a candlelight vigil on Sunday, September 11 on Jarvis Field. Hosted by Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, it was a moment for students, faculty and staff to come together and reflect on the events of that day and the years that followed.

PHOTO BY MARTHA STEWART

Prior to the gathering on Jarvis Field, many of the attendees remembered U.S. military currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. At an event “In Memory of 9/11: Sign for a Solider,” sponsored by the Harvard Law School Republicans, members of the HLS community signed cards and wrote letters.

In addition to the law school vigil, a number of events were held across the university to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Several hundred people gathered in Tercentenary Theater for a memorial service. Earlier in the day, the Office of the President and the Mahindra Humanities Center sponsored “The Art of Survival: A 10th Anniversary of 9/11 in Words, Music and Dance,” which included an original performance by Harvard’s new director of dance and readings from the poetry of Jorie Graham and W.H. Auden, and letters from American soldiers in Iraq.

Throughout the week, the law school and student journals and organizations will be hosting a series of events commemorating September 11, including an address by the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff ‘78 and a two-day conference, “Law, Security, and Liberty after 9/11: Looking to the Future,” featuring dozens of national security experts who have played firsthand roles in the development and analysis of national and international security.

Through this conference, the law school will inaugurate the newly established Harvard Law School-Brookings Project on Law and Security. This project, much like the conference itself, aims to address questions of national and international security through an interdisciplinary lens, bringing together academics, government experts, civil society, media, and other interested actors.

Following is a schedule of commemorative events at HLS:

Polaroid Memories: How We Remember 9/11

Monday, September 12, Caspersen Student Center

Join the HLS community as photographs of students and the campus are taken and organized into a large-scale mural of the twin towers.

The Law of 9/11: Reflections by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff

Former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
. Sponsored by the Federalist Society.

Tuesday, September 13, at 12:00 in Ames Courtroom

Americans on Hold: A Film Screening

Thursday, September 15, 12:00 p.m. in Pound 101

Sponsored by the Women’s Law Association

Law, Security and Liberty after 9/11: Looking to the Future

Friday, September 16-Saturday, September 17 in the Milstein Room, Wasserstein Hall

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School-Brookings Project on Law and Security

Nearly 30 experts who have played firsthand roles in the development and analysis of national and international security will participate in a conference that aims to address questions of how we apply the lessons of September 11 and the decade that followed to deal with threats and risks.