September 11, 2021—On the anniversary of 9/11, we remember the tragic events of that day. Below is a 2011 article featuring interviews and recordings marking the 10th anniversary, and archived news and letters going back to 2001.
September 11, 2011
To commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, we collected reflections by current Amherst students who were grade-school children in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, and posted a new interview with Professor Barry O’Connell. In addition, you’ll find links to Amherst magazine and Amherst Student coverage of the 9/11 attacks, including remembrances of the three Amherst victims, Frederick C. Rimmele III ’90, Brock Safronoff ’97 and Maurita Tam ’01. Also, you’ll see a collection of letters that Tom Gerety, then president of Amherst, sent to the college community in the aftermath of the attacks.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, the college held a memorial service on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. on Memorial Hill. At 4 p.m. that day, the Amherst community met in front of Converse Hall and processed to the Amherst Town Common for an interfaith gathering.
In addition, members of the Amherst community were invited to express their sentiments about 9/11 using markers provided in Keefe Campus Center from Sept. 9 through Sept. 12. Finally, a panel discussion, “9/11: How We are Different 10 Years Later,” took place Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. in Converse Hall with Professors Frank Couvares, Lawrence Douglas and Pat O’Hara, moderated by Dean of the Faculty Gregory Call.
Those not able to come to campus were invited to listen in on a telephone lecture with Couvares on Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. The talk, sponsored by Alumni and Parent Programs, combined the professor’s memories of 9/11, especially of his “20th-Century American History” class on the day after the attack, and a consideration of the ways in which historians have interpreted the events of that day and the years that followed.