SBS 9/11 Week: How We've Changed

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona is pleased to announce a weeklong program on the tenth anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. The topics incude terrorism, borders and security, politics, the media, and historical analysis. Forums include lectures, panels, a book discussion and a film screening. All events (except the Sunday concert) are free and open to the community.

This series is part of a wider community program of events called 9-11 Together We Remember.
Flyers and posters are available; scroll down to the very bottom of this page.


Lecture:  "Changes & Challenges: Border Security Over the Last Decade"
Thurs, Sept 1, from 7PM-8:30PM
Location: UA Student Union Memorial Center, North Ballroom
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Alan Bersin currently serves as the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, appointed by President Barack Obama. He has also previously served as Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Special Representative for Border Affairs. Bersin will discuss the variety of challenges being faced at the border in terms of national security.

Panel: "History, Culture, and Politics: The Setting for 9/11"
: Tues, Sept 6, 6PM
Location: UA Education Bldg, Room 211 (Kiva Auditorium)
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The events of September 11, 2001 did not happen in a vacuum, but were the results of a variety of historical, political and cultural contexts. This panel explores the circumstances that surround the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Panel: "What does it mean to be “Post-9/11? Politics, War and Security"
Wed, Sept 7, 6PM
Location: UA Education Bldg, Room 211 (Kiva Auditorium)
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The phrase “post-9/11” is now a common expression, but what exactly has changed about society since the terrorist attacks? How have the events of 9/11 influenced the long-term course of US foreign policy and domestic politics? This panel explores the broader macro-level effects of 9/11 in the arenas of security, politics, and terrorism.

Panel: What does it mean to be “Post-9/11? Media, Privacy and Community"
Thurs, Sept 8, 6PM
Location: UA Education Bldg, Room 211 (Kiva Auditorium)
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The phrase “post-9/11” is now a common expression, but what exactly has changed about society since the terrorist attacks? This panel explores the changes present in daily life and culture after 9/11. Issues such as media coverage, privacy, and community relations will be addressed.


Book Event: “Once in a Promised Land” A Book Discussion Led by Author Laila Halaby
Sat, Sept 10, 3PM
Location: Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., Lower Level Meeting Room
Introduction: Anne H. Betteridge, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
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Born in Lebanon to a Jordanian father and American mother, author Laila Halaby grew up mostly in Arizona. She says of her work “I have always believed that if other people could see my world, could see a Palestinian, Arab, or Muslim family/person/story, from the inside, then they couldn’t have such ridiculous and negative stereotypes.”  Once in a Promised Land is the story of Jassim and Salwa, who left the deserts of their native Jordan for those of Arizona, each chasing mirages of opportunity and freedom. Although the couple lives far from Ground Zero, they cannot escape the dust cloud of paranoia settling over the nation.

Movie at The Loft: "Rebirth"
Sun, Sept 11, Noon
Location: The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard
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This feature length documentary, Rebirth, has been created by a team of seasoned, successful Hollywood filmmakers who have been working together since 9/11. Project Rebirth film crews have chronicled the lives of five people coping with 9/11. Their vision is a compelling film experience and a unique historical record and resource: a living testament to honor 9/11, and its victims and heroes.

Concert: Remembrance and Renewal: A Concert to Commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of September 11
Featuring Mozart Requiem and World Premiere Commission of Stephen Paulus
Performed by Tucson Chamber Artists and Tucson Symphony Orchestra
(please click on the link below for ticket information)
Time: Sun, Sept 11, 3PM
Location: Centennial Hall, University of Arizona
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Tickets: Visit the UA Presents website or call 520.621.3341




For information on upcoming events for SBS 9.11 Week, please call  520-260-9538
or email 
Media inquiries can be directed to Lori Harwood,, 520-626-3846.



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