Recalling 9/11

09-11-2006

Five years ago today America was attacked—in New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia. Those tragedies changed the way we look at our world in fundamental ways.

That morning, I was at a meeting of university officials in Los Angeles. As educators and members of an academic community, my colleagues and I were used to interpreting and making sense of complex problems and ideas every day. Yet when we heard the unfolding news about the attacks, we all felt the same mixture of shock and disbelief as those across the country and around the world.

We’ve had five years now to reflect on those events. What we saw, what we felt, and what we thought have influenced who we are. The questions, discussions, arguments, and even the disagreements that began five years ago remain a part of our lives today. And although it can be painful at times, participating in the process of trying to understand the complex questions and issues resulting from the events of 9/11 is an essential part of our continuing responsibility as members of a university community.

So this September 11th let us pause to reflect not only of the losses of that day, but to continue seeking answers and to think about the lives that continue to be lost and changed by the forces of terrorism and violence around the world today.

While the future remains uncertain, as members of a global intellectual community, it is within our power to shape it. Let us recommit ourselves to that mission today.

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