Pace Remembers 9/11

As the anniversary of 9/11/01 approaches, Pace prepares to commemorate the day with a series of events on both campuses. >>Read More

The events of 9/11 have had a profound effect on a generation of people around the world, but our University, located mere blocks away from the World Trade Center, felt the impact first-hand. Almost 10 years ago, the Pace Community lost 47 members—students and alumni alike—and was closed for several weeks as we worked toward recovery.

“The attack on the World Trade Center had a dramatic impact on the lives of the faculty, students, and staff of Pace. It’s important that during this anniversary we honor the lives of those we lost that day, but also recognize the critical role Pace has had in the rebuilding and revitalization of downtown Manhattan. I think the events we have planned do exactly that,” says Tom Torello, vice president of University Relations. As the 10-year anniversary approaches, Pace has a number of events lined up to commemorate those lost, and those who rebuilt.

Carla Shapiro: Obituaries to Prayer Flags 
Tuesday, September 6 – Saturday, October 1, with a special  reception on September 13, Fingesten Gallery (Student Union)
Award winning photographer and Pace professor Carla Shapiro spent five months, four to five hours a day, hand-copying onto translucent paper the obituaries of those who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001. She hung these papers on clotheslines over the stream in her back yard and for one year  photographed this installation. Over time the written words faded away and the papers became blank. The empty papers came to represent “prayer flags” (which originated in Tibet, and are visual memories of prayer.)

Institutional Pause
Thursday, September 8, 11:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Outside of Mortola Library/Pace Courtyard
Student, faculty, and staff on all campuses will take a few minutes to reflect on the losses of 9/11 by stepping outside, having a moment of silence, and a reading of the names of the students and alumni we lost.

Witness to Tragedy and Recovery Symposium
Thursday, September 8, 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Schimmel Theater (Butcher Suite simulcast)
In partnership with the National Press Photographers Association, Pace hosts “Witness to Tragedy and Recovery,” an exhibit of haunting photographs from the 9/11 tragedy and a symposium on how news images of disaster are shaped—and shape us—featuring keynote speaker Aaron Brown, former CNN news anchor, and moderator Michelle Charlesworth, WABC-TV news reporter and weekend anchor, who both covered the events that day. “We are balancing it [disaster] with recovery,” explains Christopher T. Cory, executive director of Public Information for Pace. “Once the building has fallen, once the flood has receded, recovery is a big part of the story.”  

Vantage Point: Reflections of 9/11 10 Years Later
Thursday, September 8, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Student Union
Students, alumni, staff, and faculty who lived and studied at Pace during and after the fateful event took place share their stories.

9/11 Philosophical Reflections Symposium
Friday, September 9, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Schimmel Theater (Butcher Suite simulcast)
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Ethical Thinking  will host a symposium dedicated to rethinking the significance and the impact of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and spearheaded by Pace professor of philosophy Ilan Safit, PhD. “The speakers at the symposium will be exploring a variety of issues that range from personal response to the philosophical significance of an event that was local and immediate, yet instantly turned international, mediated, and represented,” says Safit. “The tenth anniversary of this event provides an apt opportunity to think further about these effects and to share these thoughts with the New Yorkers who live here, where it happened.”

Hand-in-Hand–Remember 9/11
Saturday, September 10,  8:46 a.m.
Join thousands of people to form a human chain along the waterfront from the tip of Lower Manhattan heading north in this event sponsored by Manhattan Community Board 1. There will also be a Wall of Remembrance in historic Battery Park where you can post a message or memento; a portion of this wall will be displayed by the 9/11 Memorial Museum for years to come. 

9/11 Memorial Service
Saturday, September 10, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Schimmel Theater (Butcher Suite simulcast)
The Pace Community comes together to remember the students and alumni who we lost, with performances by the New York Choral Society and Project Girl Performance Collective.

Ten Years Later: Voices from a Post- 9/11 Generation Speak 
Saturday, September 10, 2:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Schimmel Theater
Project Girl Performance Collective, founded by Pace alumna Ashley Marinaccio ’07 and starring Pace students, explores the “Post-9/11” generation and aftermath of the September 11th attacks, as written by 13 young people between the ages of 9 and 21.

Ballon Release
Saturday, September 10, 3:30 p.m. (following football game)
Football Field, PLV Campus
Pace students will release 47 balloons in a symbol of peace and hope and in remembrance of the students and alumni lost on 9/11.

Community Viewing of Memorial Events
Sunday, September 11, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Schimmel Theater and Butcher Suite
Simulcast coverage of the events at Ground Zero. Food will be served.

Tommy Foley Documentary
Sunday, September 11, 1:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Schimmel Theater
A documentary about Fireman Tommy Foley, killed in the attacks.

Candlelight Vigils
Sunday, September 11, 9:00 p.m. NYC, 9:11 p.m. PLV
Location TBD
A candlelight vigil honoring all of those lost on 9/11

9/11 Vigil
Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13, 10:00 a.m.
Front of One Pace Plaza (meeting place)
A very limited number of tickets are available for students to visit the 9/11 memorial site. Register today.

9/11 Oral History Project
Monday, September 12, 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Student Union
Watch as Oral Histories taken by Pace students in the years following 9/11 bring the impact of the tragedy to light in a very personal way.

Symposium and Art Exhibitions: “We are a family:  Reflections on 9-11 by Chinese New Yorkers”
Thursday, September 22,  4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Student Union
The Confucius Institute at Pace University and the Asian American/Asian Research Institute at CUNY cosponsor presentations about aspects of Chinese New Yorkers’s lives and reflections on 9-11.

For the most up-to-date information on these and other events observing the 10-year anniversary of the events of 9/11, please visit