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Panel addresses lasting impact of Sept. 11

Sept. 1, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University will commemorate the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a panel discussion sponsored by the Lee Honors College.

"The Impact of 9/11 in Kalamazoo and Beyond" will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Lee Honors College Lounge. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Panel participants will include Rick Maloney, dean of WMU's College of Aviation, who was chief pilot and vice president for flight operations for United Airlines on Sept. 11 2001; Cindy Goodison, a Kalamazoo photographer who chronicled displays of patriotism in the aftermath of the attacks; Katherine Joslin, director of WMU's American Studies Program and professor English; and Venus Zarris, a culture commentator from Chicago.

The event corresponds with "Displays of Patriotism/Patriotism on Display," a photographic exhibit by Goodison that has been hanging in the honors college since mid-June and will remain until Sept. 30. The exhibit, which began not as an artistic project but as a therapeutic activity for the photographer, chronicles the way the Kalamazoo community displayed personal expressions of patriotism in response to the attacks. Several of the photographs were included in the nationwide tour of "Here is New York," a New York-based gallery exhibit that chronicled the attack and America's response.

"For those of us who live in the Midwest, events in New York City and Washington, D.C., have often seemed somewhat distant--9/11 changed all that," says Dr. Larry ten Harmsel, dean of the Lee Honors College. "Two years after the attacks is an appropriate time for us to look back and reflect on how 9/11 has affected us all."

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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