Marking the Day: The 10th Anniversary of 9-11 (Fourth Church discussion)
September 11, 2011 will mark the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. As commemorations and memorials are planned across the country, including a declared National Day of Service, what are we to remember, both individually and as a country? Is remembering enough, or should it also be a day of reflection and inquiry about what we have learned, what we do and do not talk about, and what the day means for us now and into the future?
To explore these questions, the Project on Civic Reflection, in partnership with WBEZ, the Illinois Humanities Council, and Fourth Presbyterian Church, will lead three community discussions on the morning of September 12. We invite Chicagoans from all across the city to think and talk together about 9-11, its aftermath, and what it should mean going forward.
This event will be a structured but open-ended dialogue (with up to 30 people) to explore the aftermath of 9-11 and what it means to mark this day. A PCR facilitator will guide the discussion, asking participants to discuss what the day meant (or seemed to mean) 10 years ago, what it means now in the aftermath of domestic and global events including war and remembrance, and what each of us hopes it will mean going forward--in terms of what we remember and how we act in the world.