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SMU News & Media Relations
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August 30, 2002

SMU TO MARK SEPT. 11 ANNIVERSARY WITH ART, LECTURES, CONCERT

DALLAS (SMU) -- SMU has planned a variety of events for members of the community who want to remember the Sept. 11 anniversary.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner will lead a remembrance ceremony at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 11 at the flagpole in the main quad. The ceremony will feature readings by students, faculty and staff. Following the ceremony, a volunteer fair designed to promote community service will be held from noon-2:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Remembrance events at SMU also include a candlelight ceremony at Dallas Hall at 11:15 p.m. Sept. 10 and a 24-hour prayer vigil in Perkins Chapel sponsored by Perkins School of Theology.

In addition, Meadows School of the Arts is planning a daylong series of art lectures, dance and music titled "From Darkness to Light," on Sept. 11. The events will begin at 9 a.m. with an art history lecture in the Meadows Museum and end with a 6:30 p.m. concert by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Caruth Auditorium. The concert will feature original Sept. 11 memorial compositions by Paul Phillips and Simon Sargon.

"What I want to offer is a sampling of the consolation, self-renewal and hope that has always been available to those who turn to the arts for spiritual uplifting," said University Distinguished Professor of Art History Alessandra Comini, who planned the arts events.

Observance of the anniversary will begin Sept. 5 with the display of memorial artwork, "September 11," by SMU graduate Justine Wollaston in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Nearby will be the "Wall of Remembrance," where students, faculty and staff will be invited to record their thoughts and view journals signed by the SMU community in the days following last year's terrorist attacks.

A complete listing of all the Sept. 11 memorial events at SMU can be found online at remembrance.smu.edu.


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