Scholars announce activities for Remembrance Week 2007
Scholars announce activities for Remembrance Week 2007October 18, 2007Kelly Homan Rodoskikahoman@syr.edu
Syracuse University’s Remembrance Week 2007 will be held from Oct. 22-26. The weeklong series of events honors the lives of the 35 Syracuse University students who lost their lives in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988.
Each year, 35 Remembrance Scholarships, one for each of the SU student victims, are awarded in the amount of $5,000 to undergraduate seniors representing a variety of majors. The students are selected on the basis of their distinguished academic achievement and service to their community. These students host all of the events — which are meant to honor the victims and to further education about terrorism — that occur during Remembrance Week.
The schedule of events includes:
- Monday, Oct. 22-Friday, Dec. 14 — Campus-wide poster exhibition of the 35 student victims.
- Monday, Oct. 22 — Blue and White Day. Remembrance Scholars will wear blue and white, the symbolic colors for Remembrance Week and Lockerbie. All are encouraged to wear blue and white in support of action against terrorism. The scholars will also wear blue scarves created specifically for Remembrance Week that are embroidered with a dove, the date of the tragedy and the words “We Remember.”
- Monday, Oct. 22 — Ribbons will be placed on various trees around campus in remembrance of the students who were lost.
- Monday, Oct. 22-Wednesday, Oct. 24 — Carnations and blue bracelets with the words “We Remember” will be distributed in the Schine Student Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Carnations and blue bracelets will also be distributed on the Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 24 — A panel discussion on “Justice for Terrorism: An International Issue” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in Room 214 of the Hall of Languages. Panelists will include William Banks, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Law and director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism; David M. Crane, Professor of Practice in the College of Law; Guy DePhillips, supervising judge of Family Court in Queens County and an acting Supreme Court justice; and Ed Kinane, a member of the Voices for Creative Nonviolence’s Iraq Peace Team and a longtime peace activist.
- Thursday, Oct. 25 — A candlelight vigil will be held on the steps of Hendricks Chapel from 6-7 p.m. Featured guests will include the Rev. Thomas V. Wolfe, dean of Hendricks Chapel; Lawrence Mason, professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; and Patricia Burak, director of the Lillian and Emanuel Slutzker Center for International Services. Following the vigil, participants will process to Maxwell Auditorium in Maxwell Hall for a Remembrance Celebration to be held from 7-8:30 p.m The event will include musical performances by the Black Celestial Choral Ensemble, Orange Appeal and Main Squeeze; poetry readings and shared recollections of the lost students.
- Friday, Oct. 26 — Beginning in the morning, this year’s Remembrance Scholars will build a cairn, a mound of stones erected as a memorial, on the Quad to remember the victims. The annual rose-laying ceremony will be held at 2:03 p.m., the actual time of the tragedy, at the Wall of Remembrance, located in front of the Hall of Languages. Each Remembrance Scholar will lay a rose on the wall in memory of one of the student victims. The convocation honoring the 2007-08 Remembrance Scholars will be held in Hendricks Chapel at 3:30 p.m. Following the convocation, those in attendance are invited to write their thoughts on blue and white ribbons that will be tied to trees in the Orange Grove. A reception will follow the convocation in the lobby of the Heroy Geology Building.
Additionally, on Monday, Oct. 29, Remembrance Scholars will facilitate a conversation about terrorism and tolerance with students at Nottingham High School in Syracuse.
For more details about Remembrance Week Activities, visit http://undergraduatestudies.syr.edu/Remembrance/index.html.