9/11 and Historical Memory with Elizabeth Greenspan, Scott Gabriel Knowles, and Charles B. Strozier

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Date(s) - 03/21/2014
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New Building L.63

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9/11 and Historical Memory with Elizabeth Greenspan, Scott Gabriel Knowles, and Charles B. Strozier 
Friday, March 21, 2014, 3:00 – 5:00 pm 
John Jay College, New Building, 899 10th Avenue, NB.L.63

Free admission.  Enter the new building of John Jay on 59th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.  

We are currently in the middle of an inevitably uneasy, sometimes awkward, transition in historical memory from survivor and family groups claiming priority over the meaning of how we will think about September 11 to the professional concerns of museum curators and historians and the commitments of ordinary Americans.  This special panel will address these issues from a variety of perspectives but pay particular attention to the site of Ground Zero in the early days after the disaster, to the construction of the memorial in 2011, and to our future memory of this particular past.

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Elizabeth Greenspan is a writer, urban anthropologist, and lecturer at Harvard University. She is the author of The Battle for Ground Zero (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), an inside look at the struggle to rebuild the World Trade Center site following 9/11. She publishes prolifically on cities, real estate, and public space for both popular and academic journals. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Salon, the Atlantic online, and The Washington Post, as well as American Anthropologist, Public Historian, and the International Journal of Heritage Studies, among others. Greenspan earned her PhD in Anthropology and Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and her BA in Anthropology from Haverford College in 1999. She has lectured about Ground Zero, 9/11, cities, and public space at colleges and universities throughout the country, including Brandeis College, the New School, Harvard University, and Haverford College.

Scott Gabriel Knowles focuses his research on risk and disaster, with particular interests in modern cities, technology, and public policy. His most recent book is The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America (UPenn Press, 2011), and he is series co-editor of “Critical Studies in Risk and Disaster” (UPenn Press, launch 2014). Presently he is also a faculty research fellow of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Fukushima Forum collaborative research community, with which he is currently co-authoring an edited volume on the Fukushima disasters. Knowles’ has appeared in academic venues such as Technology and Culture, Isis, History and Technology, Annals of Science, the Journal of American History, and the Journal of the American Planning Association; and he writes for more popular publications like the New York Times, The Hill, U.S. News and World Report, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Marty Moss Coane Show and the Leonard Lopate Show. In 2013-2014 Knowles serves on Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s Special Advisory Commission on Licenses and Inspections.

Charles B. Strozier is Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College as well as a practicing psychoanalyst.  He has his B.A. from Harvard, a M.A. and PhD from the University of Chicago, and training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Professor Strozier is the author or editor of 13 books on a wide range of subjects.  His research on terrorism and apocalyptic violence began in the 1990’s and became integral to John Jay’s curriculum following 9/11 and the foundation of the Center on Terrorism. His book, Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Witnesses and Survivors, is an interview study of 9/11 that began the first weekend after the disaster.

Copies of written works by all speakers will be available for purchase at this event.