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Last 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.

9/11 stories/photos:

9/11 commemoration a touching tribute

Hefner examines Islamic culture

McGruder on post-9/11 freedom of speech

Photos from 9/11