Phila U. to commemorate 9/11 anniversary on campus

This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Many of the students entering Philadelphia University’s freshman class this year were eight years old when the attacks took place and can remember the security and policy effects that resulted in that day. 

In an effort to commemorate the victims and survivors of 9/11, the university is hosting a Community Commemoration Project at 12:15 p.m on Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Kanbar Campus Center. The project gives the community the opportunity to remember and reflect on the lives of the victims by viewing the list of nearly 3,000 victims as well as a gallery of student-made artwork.

On Sunday, Phila U. students, faculty and staff will participate in a community service project with the Jewish Relief Agency delivering food to nearby families from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

There will also be a viewing of the HBO documentary “Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience” at 5 p.m at Ravenhill Mansion on Sunday. The video will be streamed throughout the campus so students have the option to watch it in the privacy of their rooms or in a community setting.

Aurelio Valente, associate dean for student development, said that the university wanted to focus on the human element of 9/11 with this lineup of events.

“We wanted to make sure that our students, in the midst of the sometimes bad media and sometimes a focus on policy, didn’t lose sight of the people and the issue and the survivors and the victims,” Valente said. 

The events are open only to the Philadelphia University campus community. 

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