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9/11 Commemoration

September 06, 2011
Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the Attacks of September 11 at Merrimack College.

Merrimack College is offering several opportunities for its students, faculty, and staff to respectfully, prayerfully, and thoughtfully commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.  All members of the College Community and the General Public are most welcome to participate in these events.

Wall of Memory on Main Street

Beginning on Wednesday, September 7, a Wall of Memory will be produced on Main Street just inside the entrance of the Sakowich Campus Center.  Members of the Community will be welcome to write messages in memory of those who died in these attacks, reflections on the personal meaning of the events of 9/11, and prayers for peace and safety for all people of the world.  These messages can be in words or images or symbols. The Wall of Memory will remain in place through Sunday, September 11, 2011.

Reading Names of Those Who Died

During the peak time of traffic through the Campus Center on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 7, 8, and 9, the names of the 3,000 people who died in New York City, the Pentagon, and Swenksville, PA will be read aloud on Main Street.  Anyone who would like to participate by reading names for a 15 minute interval during those days can volunteer by contacting Bev Lavallee at ext. 5217 or at

Academic Colloquy

On Thursday evening, September 8 at 7:00 PM a Colloquy will be held in Murray Lounge focused on the question, Who Have We Become Over the Last Ten Years?  This thoughtful, reflective, interdisciplinary conversation will be facilitated by Father Ray Dlugos, OSA, VP for Mission and Student Affairs.  Three members of the Faculty, Professor Marguerite Kane of the Political Science Department; Professor Angela Senander of the Religious and Theological Studies Department; and Professor Majed Ashy of the Psychology Department as well as Father Keith Hollis, OSA, Director of Campus Ministry will lead those gathered in serious intellectual conversation. All are welcome and all present will be encouraged to join the discussion.

Signs of Unity and Solidarity

Throughout the week, students will be distributing American flags to offices and student residences to encourage members of the community to express soldiarity and unity.

Memorial Ceremony

At 6:30 PM on Friday, September 9 in Cascia Hall.  All are welcome to join  Merrimack students in a  memorial ceremony including an honor guard, a slide show with patriotic music, shared reflections, and prayer.

Premier of the Original Play “The 9/11 Effect”

On Friday and Saturday evening, September 9 and 10, students, faculty, and alumni from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts will perform their original play The 9/11 Effect in the Rogers Center for the Arts at 8:00 pm.   Written by The Genesius Project*, The 9/11 Effect is a memory play culled from interviews, conversations, and the public record that grapples with our individual and collective memories, our unanswered questions, our anger, prejudices, fears, and hopes for the future.  This new and ambitious work explores the effects that 9/11 and the subsequent “war on terror” had on students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the small, New England, Catholic, and Augustinian college community called Merrimack. This is our story. Tickets are free and available at the Rogers Center Box Office.

Memorial Mass

On Sunday, September 11 at 5:00 PM, the Campus Celebration of the Eucharist in the chapel of Our Mother of Good Counsel in Austin Hall will be in memory of all who have died in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and in the wars since. 

About The Genesius Project

According to the legend, St. Genesius was a third century Roman actor during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian.  Playing a role that satirized Christianity, he refused, mid-performance, to continue to mock that which he himself had come to believe to be truth.  His refusal to use the craft of acting to speak what he himself believed to be lies cost him his life.  The Genesius Project is a collective of actors, writers, students, faculty, alumni and friends of Merrimack College who have come together to create theatre that examines socially significant subjects.  Housed as it is in a Roman Catholic College, The Genesius Project seeks to engage faith and reason in a mutually respectful and fruitful dialogue with the hope that through the arts, our community might explore the ever expanding bodies of knowledge, seek understanding, and  come to a greater respect for each other as we move towards wisdom.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic Augustinian college in New England, Merrimack College is a selective, independent, co-educational institution with 2,000 full-time students from 22 states and 20 countries. Merrimack’s beautiful 220-acre campus is situated 20 minutes north of Boston in North Andover, Massachusetts. Featuring rigorous academics, small classes, and a close-knit residential community, Merrimack offers a wide range of business, education, engineering, liberal arts, science and engineering programs. Our reputation for inspiring excellence is exemplified through our 22,000 alumni—accomplished professionals who are committed to serving the greater good.

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