week came and went on the Emory campus with many of the same emotions
that accompanied the week of Sept. 11, 2001. The University commemorated
9/11 with a series of activities that began on Monday with a blood
drive and culminated in a public Gathering held the evening of Sept.
11 in Glenn Auditorium.
The Quadrangle flag—the same flag that flew on Sept. 11, 2001—was
at half-staff the morning of the 11th when a modest crowd held hands
in a moment of silence for the eight Emory community members who
lost their lives in last year’s terrorist attacks: Jacquelyn
Aldridge, sister of sociology’s Delores Aldridge; William
Fallon, father of Christopher Fallon '05C; Eric Lehrfield, brother
Elyse Rachel Lehrfield '95BBA; Christopher Murphy '91L; Ehtesham
Raja '98MBA; Todd Reuben '83BBA; Steven Russin, husband of Andrea
Shindelman Russin '89C; and Herman Sandler '65C.
But there was more than sorrow last week. Visiting lecturers turned
a critical eye both to the United States’ response to 9/11
and to the divisions within Islam that might hold some answers for
why such tragedies occur. There was even a scary moment, as WHSCAB
was temporarily evacuated on Sept. 9 when an employee reportedly
discovered a powdery substance on a piece of mail. Tests turned
out negative, but the event recalled all too clearly the worst of
emotions spawned by 9/11.
But most of all, there were prayers in all languages and all faiths
for healing and for peace, demonstrated most vividly in Glenn on
the evening of Sept. 11 and in a candlelight vigil on the Quad.
In this issue, Emory Report documents the words and images
that were 9/11, one year later.