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Remembrance Week Will Be Held Oct. 17-23
This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988. The 2021-22 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars have planned events and activities—from exhibitions to screenings to a candlelight vigil—to honor the 270 people, including 35 students studying abroad through Syracuse University, who lost their lives in the tragedy.
Remembrance Week, the annual weeklong series of events planned by the Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars, will be held Sunday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Oct. 23. Remembrance Week events are meant to honor the victims and further educate the campus community about terrorism. All activities are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit remembrance.syr.edu. Those who require accommodations to fully participate in these events should contact Kelly Rodoski at 315.443.5381 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The schedule is as follows:
- 35 Empty Seats Display, Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle
The 35 Empty Seats are the visual representation of the 35 Syracuse University students lost aboard Pan Am Flight 103. The exhibition is meant to serve as a reminder of how a loss in the past can inspire positive actions in the present. This year’s Remembrance Scholars will sit in solidarity in the chairs on Monday, Oct. 18, beginning at noon.
- Remembering Through Multimedia, Schine Student Center Atrium
A video wall display with a variety of content including videos from alumni, statements from current scholars, news coverage from Remembrance events and photo slideshows.
- A Drive to Remember, drop-off in Schine Student Center, Room 232
The scholars, in partnership with InterFaith Works, are hosting a drive to collect seasonally appropriate new and recycled clothing to benefit Afghan refugees in Syracuse. Items may be dropped off now until Oct. 22 at 232 Schine or in dean’s offices. For more information, contact Abigail Tick at email@example.com.
- Pen-and-ink drawings of the 35 Syracuse University study abroad student victims will be on display in Hendricks Chapel.
- Blue and white flags, one for each of the Pan Am 103 victims, will be on display in the area between the Newhouse School and Schine Student Center. Also, the Hall of Languages and Hendricks Chapel will be lit in blue in honor of Remembrance Week.
Sunday, Oct. 17
- Music and Message, Hendricks Chapel, 4 p.m. and Candlelight Vigil, Place of Remembrance, 6:15 p.m.
The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars will begin Remembrance Week activities with a Music and Message collaboration with Hendricks Chapel that addresses themes of hope, resilience and action in the face of tragedy. The evening will conclude with a Remembrance Candlelight Vigil at the Place of Remembrance at 6:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 18
- “Sitting in Solidarity,” Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle, noon
The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars will sit in 35 empty chairs on the Quad that will be arranged in the formation of the seats on the plane that the 35 students they represent were sitting in.
- Screening of “IMPACT,” Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library, 7 p.m.
An original work by playwright Amy Engelhardt ’87, “IMPACT” tells the story of a chain of remarkable “follow-signs” that led Engelhardt to Lockerbie, Scotland, shortly after the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. What starts out as a bucket-list trip quickly evolves into a personal and global exploration of grace, kindness and simplicity. An open discussion session with Engelhardt and Remembrance Scholar Caleb Sheedy will follow the screening. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available for this event.
Tuesday, Oct. 19
- Screening of “Seat 20D,” Gifford Auditorium, Huntington Beard Crouse Hall, 7:30 p.m.
The documentary tells the story of Suse Lowenstein, mother of Syracuse University student and Pan Am 103 victim Alexander Lowenstein, and “Dark Elegy,” the sculpture collection she created as a memorial to the victims.
Thursday, Oct. 21
- Celebration of Life, Schine 304 A, B and C, 7:30-9 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.)
An evening of music, poetry, art, dancing and more to honor the victims of Pan Am 103 and to celebrate life alongside the victims’ families and the current scholars. ASL interpretation will be available for this event.
Friday, Oct. 22
- Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives Pop-Up Exhibition, Hillyer Room, Sixth floor of Bird Library, 10 a.m. to noon
This pop-up exhibition will include selections highlighting the Archives’ holdings related to the Dec. 21, 1988, terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, its aftermath, and the lives and legacies of the victims. Selections include contemporary media coverage of the disaster; records of the investigation, trial and victims’ services; materials related to Syracuse University memorials; and examples of the types of personal belongings that have been donated by the victims’ families. The pop-up exhibition is open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rose-Laying Ceremony, Place of Remembrance, 2:03 p.m.
This annual ceremony honors the 270 people, including 35 students studying abroad through Syracuse University, who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The ceremony also honors 2002-03 Lockerbie Scholar Andrew McClune, who died in 2002. ASL interpretation will be available for this event.
- Remembrance Scholar Convocation, Hendricks Chapel, 3 p.m.
This annual convocation will honor the 2021-22 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars. ASL interpretation and Communication Access Real-Time (CART Translation) will be available for this event. The convocation will also be livestreamed; register here.
Post-Remembrance Week Activities
Following Remembrance Week, two Remembrance events will be held during Orange Central:
- Friday, Oct. 29: Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholar Alumni Gathering, Noble Room Hendricks Chapel, 4:30-6 p.m. Register here.
- Sunday, Oct. 31: Race to Remember, 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race (check-in table at Schine Student Center on the Einhorn Family Walk)
A 3.5-mile fun run, roll or stroll. Proceeds from this event will support the Remembrance Scholarship Fund. Register here.
For more information on Remembrance Week 2021, visit remembrance.syr.edu.