Marking the Day: The 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Missed the program?  Listen to the recording at!

On Monday, September 12, 2011, the Illinois Humanities Council, the Project on Civic Reflection, Fourth Presbyterian Church, and WBEZ invite you to gather, reflect, and talk about the aftermath and meaning of 9/11 -- ten years later.

As commemorations and memorials are planned across the country, including a National Day of Service, what are we to remember, both individually and collectively?  Is remembering enough, or should it also be a day of reflection and engagement about the ongoing legacy of 9/11? What does the day mean for us now and into the future?

To explore these important questions, the IHC and our partners have put together three simultaneous conversations facilitated by Project on Civic Reflection discussion leaders. Please join us.

Marking the Day: The 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001.
Date: Monday, September 12, 2011
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

Three Venues:         

WBEZ North Side Community Bureau, 2913 W. Devon Avenue
WBEZ South Side Community Bureau, 6957 S. Halsted Street
Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Street

These events are free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration is strongly encouraged. To register, please click on the link for your chosen location.

Can't attend? Listen in on the conversation.

Also on September 12, 2011 a group of leaders from local academic, civic and community organizations will gather for a similarly themed discussion about the meaning of September 11. The program will be recorded live in the Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio at WBEZ. The audio will be available by visiting WBEZ's website.

Interested in conducting your own conversation about 9/11?

Our colleagues at the New York Council for the Humanities developed a series of Community Conversations focused on the ways that people everywhere were connected through service in the aftermath of 9/11.  Those interested will find toolkits  for three groups: children and families; teens and young adults; and general audiences. Each toolkit contains discussion questions and facilitation guides for conducting you own 9/11-themed community discussions.

We hope you will join in this important public discussion, and we look forward to your attendance.

Additional activities commemorating 9/11.

  • The Neighborhood Writing Alliance published a special 9/11-themed issue of the Journal of Ordinary Thought in November 2001, titled "That Day." A piece from "That Day" will be republished each day during the week of 9/11 on their blog. Readers are invited to respond with thoughts or their own reflective writing.
  • Those in southern Illinois can visit the website of the Carbondale Public Library for 11 Days for Peace. Community groups will sponsor various peace related events throughout Carbondale, commencing with a community observance of the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11.

If you have an event commemorating 9/11 that you would like to list here, please contact Geoffrey Banks at or 312.422.5580.