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Dean's Statement about Remembering September 11th

Dear ILR Community

Tomorrow, we remember all the victims and their families impacted by the attacks that struck our country twenty years ago. We also pay tribute to those who responded and gave selflessly to help those in need. Our hearts and gratitude will be with them always.

In some ways, it is hard to believe that so much time has passed. At the same time, the raw emotion of that difficult time is too easy to recall and makes it feel like it happened just yesterday. Those of us who are old enough remember exactly where we were and how we felt. Those who weren’t yet born or were too young to remember still feel the impacts in different ways. For the last twenty years, we have taught students who lost parents, relatives and caregivers in the attacks and those lingering impacts will be felt for many years to come.

Through our collective grief, we found a way to move forward and draw inspiration from the many stories of heroism, caring and community that defines the best side of our humanity. As we look forward, we retain hope for a safe and peaceful world for future generations.



Alexander J.S. Colvin
Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and
Martin F. Scheinman ’75, MS ’76 Professor