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From The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History:
This joint Gilder Lehrman/National September 11 Memorial & Museum seminar for teachers will investigate the historical causes and background, the immediate impact, and the developing legacies of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The seminar will examine the history of how Americans as well as other cultures have faced and coped with similar episodes of great violence (full-scale wars as well as specific traumatic events), such as the American Civil War, or the Great War in Europe, or the attack on Pearl Harbor. We will use the extraordinary collections of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, as well as the historic site and memorial itself, as subjects in our inquiry into the nature of commemoration. We will also read works on the nature and meaning of historical memory, especially of traumatic, violent events as nations have come in modern times to confront them. And finally, we will explore the role of the media and the arts (visual and written) in forging the reactions to and interpretations of 9/11.
The seminar Director is David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition, Yale University.
Information on travel reimbursement, meals, and graduate credit is available on the seminar website. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2012.
Seminar Flier – 9-11 Memorial & Museum FINAL
On the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, memorials and exhibits served to preserve and sustain public memory. This year’s anniversary marked the culmination of years of effort for two major commemorations in the Mid-Atlantic, the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The anniversary also saw the dedication of local memorials and openings of special exhibits across the region. Although we cannot provide a complete list, the following are memorials and commemorations highlighted earlier on our news page. Jersey City dedicated “Empty Sky” on September 11, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opened Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments From 9/11, and The New York Historical Society opened a commemorative exhibit, Remembering 9/11.
What does history look like? In school, we learn to conceive of time in a linear fashion, using dates as coordinates to locate events and meaning in the past. “Cartographies of Time,” an exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum, explores the varied ways we have measured and mapped time visually. Timelines are relatively new, as it turns out. Francesco Bianchini, a 17th-century Italian philosopher and scientist, thought objects were preferable to dates; he saw chronology as a sort of cabinet of curiosities. Emma Willard created “The Temple of Time,” a drawing of an ancient Greek temple in which the base of each column is a century and notables from that century are listed along the shaft. This device helped the girls at her school memorize historical information by organizing those details in a three-dimensional architectural space.
The history of civilization, drawn to resemble several rivers flowing into a delta and then separating out again. (Friedrich Strass, Strom der Zeiten (Stream of Time), 1804. Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton University Library.)
If this show turns time, or at least our spatial understanding of it, on its head, a related exhibition “The Life and Death of Buildings,” explores how the arts can shape our collective memory of the past. This collection of photographs queries, again, what history looks like. Each photograph represents a single moment in the lifecycle of a building, offering the viewer a way to orient themselves in time. In one poignant scene, a photograph shows a group of women looking a little lost on a Manhattan street corner – a neighborhood building had been torn down overnight, altering the landscape of their daily life dramatically. Buildings can seem like permanent fixtures in the landscape, but these immovable edifices are also subject to the shifting winds of history.
Both exhibitions are part of “Memory and the Work of Art,” a yearlong collaborative effort from the Princeton University Art Museum and a slate of university and community partners, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. At the heart of the project is a lecture series – Maya Lin, among other distinguished speakers, is coming to campus to help explore the role of the arts in deciphering loss. The two shows will likely inform much of the conversation.
There are few direct references to 9/11 – the exhibitions, at least, are more of an oblique treatment of the relationship between time, memory, and loss. For me, this made piece about the death of buildings all the more powerful. Here, we are encouraged to consider the meaning we ascribe backwards into the past. Do the twin towers, in a photograph taken in the 1970s, look vulnerable?
Memory is a funny thing. It can play tricks on you – shift your perspective over time, soften one emotion and amplify another. And because memory shapes our understanding of the past, history is not static. In this season of remembrance, I find the words of curator Joel Smith especially important: “[History] is an ever-evolving narrative about what is gained and what is lost in the lives of civilizations.”
“Memory and the Work of Art,” A Princeton Community Collaboration
“Cartographies of Time,” through September 18, 2011.
“The Life and Death of Buildings,” through November 6, 2011.
At the Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton, NJ 08542
The anniversary of September 11, 2001 has sparked much discussion on the role of museums in collecting and commemorating tragedy. One such piece posted on the National Postal Museum website by Nancy A. Pope, considers the process of collecting objects following a national tragedy, what do you keep, why do you keep it? How do you collect and preserve and respect the event while still ensuring that every day processes continue? Written by Jeffrey Brodi, September 11: Collecting for the National Postal Museum is the first in a two part series on Brodi’s personal experiences collecting items for the NPM.
After 9/11, pieces of steel were distributed throughout the country. Coatesville, PA received twenty of the support columns from the north tower. When they decide on a monument, and raise the requisite funds, it stands to be one of the largest 9/11 monuments in the country. Read more here. The 9/11 memorial in New York City faces financial issues as well, as questions of maintenance costs collide with memorialization. Who should pay?
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, numerous memorials, commemorations, and exhibits mark the event. A few notable stories: In Jersey City, the “Empty Sky” memorial will be dedicated on September 10th at 11:00 a.m. The Shanksville Memorial honoring United flight 93 will be dedicated at 12:30 p.m. The dedication will be webcasted at History.com. Avery Fisher Hall hosts a free remembrance concert by the New York Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m. The Pentagon is limiting public access to The Pentagon Memorial, which opened in 2008 on Sunday, instead holding a private remembrance for the families of those lost on 9/11. “Remembering 9/11″ a special exhibition of photographs, letters and objects is open at the New York Historical Society until November 10. The 9/11 Memorial in New York City will be dedicated in a ceremony for victim’s families, and opens to the general public on September 12. In Washington D.C., events scheduled to occur at the National Cathedral’s “A Call To Compassion,” including concerts, discussion groups, and interfaith prayer vigil have moved following an accident on-site. These events and the multitude of 9/11 stories on the internet, newspapers, and television beg questions of how we remember as individuals and as a community.
“Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments From 9/11″ Exhibit at U Penn Museum
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology exhibit, “Excavating Ground Zero:Fragments from 9/11” runs now through November 6. The exhibit consists of objects found at the WTC site, since September 11, 2001. At one p.m. this Sunday, September 11, museum visitors can attend the lecture, “Making a Monument: The Fall and Rise of the World Trade Center,” by Penn art historian David Brownlee. Outside the Wire, a Brooklyn based performance-and-discussion troupe will perform Cato 9/11 at 3pm. The performance includes a dramatic reading of Joseph Addison’s 1713 play Cato: A Tragedy, followed by an open discussion. More information about the exhibit and the special events commemorating 9/11, can be found on Penn Museum website. ”Excavating Ground Zero” was organized in conjunction with The National September 11 Memorial Museum. This story was originally featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.