The year that has passed since Sept. 11 has been marked by a wave of responses from the Hopkins community, from heartbreak to outrage to analysis of what went wrong and how to protect the nation from further tragedy. But on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, commemorative events on each campus will aim to shift the focus from reaction to reflection.
Throughout the day, each campus will host both group and individual activities, for those who prefer solitude. Volunteer opportunities, musical performances, panel discussions and vigils will honor the victims while helping participants cope with the weight of the day.
"This anniversary provides us with a chance not only to remember and mourn but also to take stock of where we have come in the past year and to look ahead to where we are going," said university President William R. Brody.
Susan Boswell, dean of student life at Homewood and a member of the Sept. 11 planning committee for that campus, said that it is important that the activities reflect the diversity of the Hopkins community.
"As we thought about Sept.11," Boswell said, "we wanted a broad range of activities so that it would be possible for everyone to find something that they felt was appropriate or just find a quiet time and place to think and reflect."
A normal class schedule will be followed at Homewood, but beginning at 8:45 a.m., the approximate time the first plane hit the World Trade Center, the Gilman Hall bell will toll for one minute to mark a campuswide period of silence. Those who wish may gather at the Glass Pavilion, where Campus Ministries' labyrinth mat will be located. Walking the winding path is meant to inspire reflection and contemplation. It will be available to students, faculty, staff and members of the local community until 8:30 p.m.
At noon, the Homewood community is asked to gather on the Upper Quadrangle side of the Eisenhower Library for a simple ceremony in which the names of victims who died on Sept. 11 will be read. A vigil will be held in the same spot at 7:30 p.m. The gathering will include a performance by Ketzev, Hopkins' Jewish a cappella group; words from President Brody and university Chaplain Sharon Kugler; a slide show presented by the Interfaith Council; and selections by the university's gospel choir. Reminiscent of the vigil held Sept. 13, 2001, white flowers will be given to attendees as symbols of the miracle and sanctity of life.
"We liked the symbolism and response we got to the handing out of flowers at the vigil last year and felt that this was important to include," Boswell said. "Most important [in the planning] was preserving this as a day of reflection and remembering, not a day of blame."
Students helped shape the programming at Homewood, Kugler said.
"A number of student groups, both religious and nonreligious, have really taken the lead to create a day of solemn remembrance and hopefulness," she said. "They have worked together to coordinate the noontime reading of the names of the victims, they are putting together the slide presentation and are gracing us with their musical gifts at the evening vigil. Our students realize in a very deep way the need to come together to acknowledge loss and to cultivate hope. They continue to be a constant source of inspiration."
While the vigil is taking place at Homewood, faculty, students and staff at Peabody will be joined by members of the community to perform selections from Handel's Messiah at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, located on the north side of Mount Vernon Place at Charles Street. The 7:30 p.m. community sing-along--billed as "a very spontaneous presentation"--grew out of informal discussions among Peabody faculty, students and staff, all of whom wished to do something in remembrance of the victims of Sept. 11. The performance will be conducted by Peabody faculty member JoAnn Kulesza.
The School of Nursing will begin its commemoration of Sept. 11 with a moment of silence at 8:45 a.m. A Remembrance Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium will include a reflection by Beverly Eanes, a nurse, pastoral counselor and graduate of the School of Nursing. Peabody cellist Tim Anderson and School of Nursing staff member John Shearin will provide solemn music during the ceremony. The service will conclude with several members of the School of Nursing creating a remembrance bouquet, with different colored roses symbolizing special meanings for the day.
The School of Medicine is holding memorial programs throughout the day. At 8 a.m., all first-year students may gather in the East Lecture Hall in the Preclinical Teaching Building and second-year students in Mountcastle Auditorium; third- and fourth-year students will assemble at noon in Hurd Hall. At 8:30 a.m. a service for the entire East Baltimore campus will be held in Turner Auditorium. In addition, other campuswide programs will be held throughout the day--at 11 a.m. in Weinberg Auditorium and at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Hurd Hall. The Vesalius Quartet will present "Meditation Through Music" at noon in the Weinberg Ceremonial Lobby.
People who would like a private moment to reflect, pray or meditate may visit Hurd Hall, which will be designated as a quiet space from 10 a.m. to noon, 3 to 6 p.m., 7 to 9 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m.
In the evening, the schools of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health will come together for a Joint Peace Vigil, to be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on the steps of the Dome.
The Applied Physics Laboratory has invited the Hopkins community to help refurbish Project PLASE Inc., a women's shelter, in memory of Ron Vauk, an APL employee who was killed in the attack on the Pentagon. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include a short memorial ceremony.
On the APL campus, employees may gather at 10 a.m. near Building 1's flag poles, where APL director Richard T. Roca will offer brief remarks followed by a moment of silence.
SAIS will mark the day with a Remembrance Ceremony at noon in the Kenney Auditorium. The 30-minute ceremony will feature readings by students, a moment of silence and an address from Dean Jessica Einhorn. A remembrance book will be kept in the [Nitze Building] lobby for people to express their thoughts about the day, and a commemorative display will be placed in the courtyard.
At 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, SAIS faculty members Eliot Cohen, Roger Leeds and William Zartman will participate in a panel discussion titled "Sept. 11--One Year Later." Francis Fukuyama will serve as moderator. A year ago on that date, the three panelists, joined then by Ruth Wedgwood, who is not available this year, had given students their immediate reaction to the terrorist attacks from a foreign policy perspective.
Looking ahead to Wednesday, Sharon Kugler said that however the individual members of the Hopkins community choose to remember the events of a year ago, Sept. 11 is now a date that cannot be ignored or approached like any other ordinary day.
"Many of our hearts broke a year ago," Kugler said. "We witnessed something that will impact us the rest of our lives. How we address this first anniversary of the attacks is one more step in a communal process of healing. Here at Hopkins, it just seemed so very important to offer a variety of events sensitive to varying needs and approaches. We wanted members of our community to be able to spend the day in whatever way made the most sense for them," she said. "For some, there is a deep need to remember privately; for others the need might very well be to come together collectively. Through moments of remembrance, reflection, prayer and contemplation, we hope to offer such opportunities."