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Ithaca College Slates 9/11 Anniversary Events

 ITHACA, NY — A series of events on the Ithaca College campus and throughout the community will mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Activities — many of which have been organized under the theme of “Pursuing Peace Together” — will include remembrance services, religious observances, lectures and a panel presentation.

“Our hope is that the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will serve as an opportunity for the community to come together in pursuit of peace,” said the Rev. Carsten Martensen, Catholic chaplain at Ithaca College and an organizer of many of the events. “They are intended to both recognize the tragedy of that day and promote the possibilities for a better future.”

All of the events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, Sept. 11
8:30 a.m., Ithaca Fire Department, 310 W. Green St.
“September 11th: A Day of Remembrance and Thanks”
The heroic firefighters, police officers and other emergency services workers who lost their lives responding on 9/11 will be saluted, with remarks by Ithaca College president Tom Rochon, Cornell University president David Skorton and Tompkins Cortland Community College president Carl Haynes, among others.

3 p.m., Muller Chapel Pond
“Interfaith Service and Rededication of the Peace Pole”
Members of the campus Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim communities invite all to join in an interfaith program of prayer and reflection. A “peace pole,” originally placed at the pond on the first anniversary of 9/11, will be rededicated. Standing about eight feet tall, the wooden pole is inscribed with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in a number of languages.

Placed on the pole are plaques bearing the names of five former Ithaca College students and the sister of one who was a senior on September 11, 2001, who perished at the World Trade Center: Vincent Abate ’83, Thomas Collins ’87, Ronald Ruben ’87, Steven Russin ’91, Derek Statkevicus ’93, and Johanna Sigmund, sister of John Sigmund ’02.

7 p.m., Park Hall Auditorium
“Journalism after 9/11: 10 Years Later”
Presentation by Hagit Limor, investigative reporter at WCPO-TV and national president of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), sponsored by the Ithaca College student chapter of SPJ.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
7 p.m., Park Hall Auditorium
“War and Peace: Fresh Thinking for New Times”
Presentation by the Rev. Drew Christiansen, editor in chief of the national Jesuit weekly magazine “America,” followed by a dialogue with the audience.

Wednesday, Sept. 14
7 p.m., Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall
“Sept. 11, 2001: Looking Back,” by Juan Arroyo, professor of politics; and “September 11: A Day in the Heart of Latin America,” by Patricia Rodriguez, professor of politics
Panel discussion presented by the Department of Politics.

Friday, Sept. 16
7:30 p.m., Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall
“Mass for Peace”
Catholic Mass presided over by the Rev. G. Simon Harak, professor of theology and director of the Center for Peacemaking at Marquette University. Those of all faiths are invited to take part.

Sunday, Sept. 18
1 p.m. and 9 p.m., Muller Chapel
Catholic Mass presided over by the Rev. Matthew Clark, Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester.
Martensen notes that events will also be taking place at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center and the History Center in Tompkins County as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance observance, and at several local churches, including an “International Festival for Peace” at St. Catherine of Siena.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, the 10 a.m. service at the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca will include the premiere performance of a vocal piece written for the occasion by Sally Lamb McCune, lecturer in the School of Music, and conducted by Lawrence Doebler, professor of music.

For more information, contact Carsten Martensen at or (607) 274-3184.

Guest Speaker Biographies
Hagit Limor

An Emmy Award–winning investigative reporter and anchor at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Limor currently serves as president of the Society of Professional Journalists, representing more than 8,000 journalists across the United States. She also sits on the national board of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, which promotes excellence and ethics in journalism through educational programs and grants for journalism-related projects. Her abilities as a writer and reporter have garnered Limor National Headliner Awards and recognition from the Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, Association of Health Care Journalists, Society of Environmental Journalists and Associated Press.

Rev. Drew Christiansen, SJ
Christiansen was ordained a priest in 1972 and received his doctorate in religious social ethics from Yale in 1982. Since 2005 he has served as editor in chief of “America,” a weekly magazine founded by the Jesuit order in 1909 that serves as a forum for discussion of religion, society, politics and culture from a Catholic perspective. From 1991 to 1998 he headed the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Office of International Justice and Peace. He was the lead staff person in the drafting of the bishops’ 1993 peace pastoral, “The Harvest of Justice Is Sown In Peace,” which provided the basis for USCCB’s post–Cold War policy. He is coauthor of “Forgiveness in Conflict Resolution” and coeditor of “Peacemaking: Moral and Policy Challenges for the 90s.”

Rev. G. Simon Harak, SJ
Harak is a professor of theology and the founding director of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, whose mission is to foster an awakening to the holistic relationship of scholarship, spirituality, nonviolent living and the active struggle for peace and justice. He previously served as the National Anti-Militarism Coordinator for the War Resisters League and helped found Voices in the Wilderness, which was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He earned his M.Div. degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in ethics from the University of Notre Dame.

Bishop Matthew Clark
The Most Rev. Matthew Clark was ordained a priest in 1962 and ordained as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, which includes the Ithaca area, in 1979 by Pope John Paul II. He had previously served as vice-chancellor for the Diocese of Albany, chairman of the Diocesan Priests’ Personnel Board and spiritual director of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. In 1993 he presided over a General Synod of the diocese, from which emerged goals that represent much of Clark’s own agenda: lifelong faith formation for Catholics, a consistent life ethic, support for the role of women in the Catholic Church, the important of nurturing spirituality and discipleship for daily living.