Through a variety of events that honored the more than 3,000 people, including six alumni, who died in the terrorist attacks, Duke spent September 11 in remembrance.
Campus events started with an 8 a.m. commemoration at the Duke University Museum of Art on East Campus, which is exhibiting photographs of spontaneous memorials that appeared in New York after the attacks. Beginning at 8:46 a.m., Duke Chapel sounded a single chime six times during the morning, timed to the exact minute that the four planes crashed and the two towers of the World Trade Center came down.
At 11 a.m., six chimes were rung, to represent the six alumni who died on September 11. Immediately following the ringing of the chimes, there was a simple ceremony outside the new West-Edens Link; six trees were planted in a memorial grove in honor of those alumni.
At noon, in front of Duke Chapel, Duke Student Government sponsored a memorial program involving Duke's Army ROTC unit and representatives of Durham's fire and police departments and the Duke police department. At 7 p.m., there was a symposium at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. Four panelists, moderated by Sanford Institute director Bruce Jentleson, discussed topics ranging from the legal and foreign-policy aspects of the war on terrorism to the latest medical news about defending against bioterrorism.
Although classes were held as scheduled throughout the day, President Nannerl O. Keohane and Provost Peter Lange encouraged members of the faculty to include in their courses, as appropriate, discussion of topics relevant to this anniversary.