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Columbia Responds to 9/11
The Columbia community was deeply saddened by the tragic events of September 11. Immediately, students, faculty, and staff were moved to respond in many ways, collecting donated materials and funds, mobilizing volunteers, and developing means to educate, inform, and promote discussion of the tragedy and its implications. The resources below represent a growing collection of responses to the World Trade Center attack, including archived webcasts of talks featuring Columbia's foremost experts. In addition, special collections of resources on terrorism and the September 11 tragedy have been posted by the Libraries, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the electronic publication Columbia International Affairs Online.

Note: Columbia's Libraries and University Archives have joined together to form an emergency committee to collect materials for a World Trade Center Archive. Photographs, e-mails, letters, pamphlets, flyers, audio-tapes and other materials documenting the tragedy are all welcome. Items may be placed in special boxes in the main divisional libraries, and electronic documentation may be sent to For further information, contact Jean Ashton, Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at 854-2232,

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Professor Eric Foner: Future Historians Will Disagree over Analysis of September 11
Office of Public Affairs History Professor Eric Foner predicts that future historians will disagree in their evaluations of the September 11 attacks and their aftermath. It is still too early for historians to analyze and integrate September 11 into concepts of American history, says Foner.
Professor Mindy Fullilove Offers Helpful Ways to Remember September 11
Office of Public Affairs School of Public Health and cofounder of NYC Recovers, Professor Mindy Fillilove offers a variety of helpful ways to remember September 11, including making September a month for wellness.
September 11: Before and After
A Special Fathom Learning Center
Fathom Archive September 11: Before and After is a special learning center that offers the latest scholarship and research from experts at leading academic institutions from the Fathom consortium. This learning center will teach you about some of the complex issues related to terrorism, the international political landscape, and the history of religious extremism and political violence.
Experts Discuss National and Local Efforts to Prepare for Bioterrorist Attacks Office of Public Affairs In a forum sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health and U.S. Representative Nita Lowey, D-Westchester, a panel of experts, including outgoing Columbia President Rupp, discusses national and local efforts to prepare for bioterrorist attacks in the months since September 11.
Six Months after 9/11: Response, Rebuilding and Reconciliation Office of Public Affairs From peacekeeping efforts in Afghanistan to rebuilding lower Manhattan, a panel discussion sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs recently explored the varied issues surrounding the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Professor Qingguo Jia: U.S.-China Relations After 9/11 Office of Public Affairs On the eve of the 30th anniversary of Richard Nixon's historic visit to China, Professor Qingguo Jia, Peking School of International Studies, reflects on the state of U.S.-China relations. He argues that the terrorist attacks last September have brought the two nations closer together, and that in the long term, their relationship will only improve.
Covering Terrorism
E-Seminar 1, The Media and 9/11
Brigitte L. Nacos In the first e-seminar in her two-part e-seminar series, Political Science Professor Brigitte Nacos examines the marriage of convenience that exists between terrorists and the media. In this seminar, Professor Nacos focuses specifically on how the media's coverage shaped the events of September 11 and what unfolded after the attacks occurred.
Covering Terrorism
E-Seminar 2, How the Media and Terrorists Shape Public Understanding
Brigitte L. Nacos In this second e-seminar in her two-part series, Political Science Professor Brigitte Nacos examines how the tangled relationship between terrorists and the media has helped to create today's more lethal form of terrorism. Using recent examples of terrorism such as the Oklahoma City bombing, Nacos raises questions about defining terrorists and terrorism, the influence of the end of the Cold War on international terrorism, media responsibility for terrorist acts, and other related topics.
Maintaining International Coalition to Battle Terrorism Office of Public Affairs In this webcast of a lecture delivered on January 24, 2002, former Senator George Mitchell says that one illusion buried in the rubble of the World Trade Center is the notion that the United States can go it alone, withdrawing from multi-lateral efforts, refusing to pay our dues at the UN, and repudiating treaties.
The New Terrorism: Beyond September 11 Office of Public Affairs In a roundtable discussion held December 4, 2001, three terrorism experts – Ehud Sprinzak, Gustavo Gorriti, and Martha Crenshaw – looked beyond the September 11 attacks in describing the "new terrorism" of the 21st century. Sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
Civil Liberties Post-September 11 Office of Public Affairs While antiterrorism legislation has received much support, threats to civil liberties remain a concern. Floyd Abrams, noted First Amendment attorney and William J. Brennan Jr., visiting professor of First Amendment issues, moderated the third in a series of First Amendment Breakfasts hosted by the Graduate School of Journalism on December 6, 2001. Panelists included Dianne Doctor, news director of WNBC-TV; James Neal, vice president for information services and university librarian; and John Podesta, former White House chief of staff for the Clinton administration.
France's View of the State of the World since September 11 Office of Public Affairs In this November 14, 2001 webcast, Hubert Vedrine, foreign minister of France, discusses the state of the world since September 11 and cautions that other important issues, such as the management of globalization, the creation of a Palestinian state and the issues facing the European Union, should not be forgotten.
Role of the Press in Protecting Civil Liberties Office of Public Affairs The media plays an important role in defending civil liberties, according to a panel sponsored by the Scholars and Fellowships Office of Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Graduate School of Journalism. Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, moderated this December 7, 2001 discussion with panelists Eve Burton, James Carey,and Carol Nunnelley.
America's War on Terrorism: Where Do We Go from Here? Office of Public Affairs Archived webcast of a roundtable hosted by the Institute of War and Peace Studies. Panelists included Robert Jervis, a specialist in Russian foreign policy and international politics, Richard Betts, who has served as a consultant to the National Security Council and the CIA and is director of the Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Warner Schilling, an expert in military policy and military technology.
With Us or Against Us? The Attacks and the Aftermath in Russia, Europe, East Asia, Africa and Latin America Office of Public Affairs This panel, held November 9, 2001, included faculty from the School of International and Public Affairs: John Micgiel (Europe), Xiaobo Lu (East Asia), Susan Burgerman (Latin America), Catharine Nepomnyashchy (Russia) and Kiki Edozie (Africa).
Roots of Terrorism School of International and Public Affairs - Human Rights Program Archived webcast of a human rights forum representing international perspectives on the September 11 tragedies. The participants included Azza Karam, director of the Women's Program at the World Conference on Religion and Peace; Purnaka L. de Silva, head of Leadership Programmes at the United Nations University; and Randy Rydell, senior political affairs officer at the Office of the Under-Secretary General, Department for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations.
Why Terrorists Need the Media Office of Public Affairs Over-coverage by the media of terrorist attacks may provide an incentive to terrorists, said Brigitte Nacos, associate professor of Political Science. In this webcast of a recent lecture, Nacos discussed how terrorists depend on the media to inform the world of their deeds.
Japan's Aggressive Approach to Combating Terrorism Office of Public Affairs Raisuke Miyawaki, a former senior official of Japan's National Police Agency, outlined his country's approach to combating terrorism in a lecture sponsored by SIPA's East Asian Institute, describing existing measures and newly established ones to confront bioterrorism, chemical terrorism and cyberterrorism.
Panel Explores Domination of Conglomerate News Chains in Media Environment Office of Public Affairs Bill Moyers moderated a November 15, 2001 panel of four journalists, who discussed how September 11 and other events of the past 40 years have shaped today's journalism. Moyers focused on the emergence of an environment largely dominated by a handful of conglomerate news chains.
Panel Explores Long–Term Impact of September 11 on New York Theater Office of Public Affairs The health of New York theaters depends in part on the institutional and regulatory environment created by city government, and on the outlook for future public support. Examining issues of labor, financing and taxation, "cultural tourism," transportation and education, this discussion explored potential policy approaches that could maximize benefits to artists, managers, audiences and the city as a whole.
Getting It Right: Covering the Public Health Aspects of Bio-terrorism Office of Public Affairs In a November 3, 2001 forum sponsored by the Columbia School of Journalism, experts in public health said that the media is doing a reasonable job in covering the public-health aspects of September 11.
The Impact of September 11 on Domestic Programs Office of Public Affairs Sociology professor Sudhir Venkatesh believes the events of September 11 will have a tremendous influence on a wide range of domestic issues in ways that we can't fully anticipate now but that will become clear over the course of time.
Civil Wars Cause Damage Long after Conflicts End Office of Public Affairs Archived webcast of a lecture by Yale political science professor Bruce Russett delivered on October 29, 2001. The indirect, lingering effects of civil wars are at least as damaging as those during civil wars, he said. These include refugee crises, increases in crime and homicide rates, and weakened health care delivery systems.
The Emerging Ethnic Media Office of Public Affairs Archived webcast of Dennis Swanson, president and general manager of WNBC-4, delivering the keynote address at a conference sponsored by the Center for Urban Research and Policy. Referring to the numerous ethnic and language groups in New York City, Swanson examined the ways in which the ethnic media affect the political, economic, social, and cultural life of the city.
Forum on the Technical Implications of the World Trade Center Collapses Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Archived webcast of a civil engineering forum held November 12, 2001, to gather and disseminate technical information from practitioners directly involved in the World Trade Center collapses. Panels discussed failure mechanisms, structural and geotechnical assessment, emergency management and recovery, and extreme event hazards and risk.
The War on Terrorism and the Future of Afghanistan Office of Public Affairs Barnett Rubin, an NYU professor, examined the war on terrorism and Afghanistan's future in a SIPA-sponsored lecture held October 24, 2001. Rubin is one of the foremost experts on Afghanistan in the United States, and his areas of expertise also include conflict resolution, preventive diplomacy, and conflict and peace.
Security Relations between the United States and China after September 11 Office of Public Affairs Kurt Campbell, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, analyzed how the September 11 attacks altered the security relationship between the United States and China at a lecture sponsored by SIPA's Institute of War and Peace Studies on October 23, 2001.
Disaster Recovery: Communications and Information Systems in the Financial Industry Office of Public Affairs A joint conference of Columbia's Business School and the London School of Economics, held October 17, 2001, explored how communications and information systems in the financial industry are impacted by catastrophic events such as the attacks of September 11 and how those events influence future systems developments. Participants included Andy Snow, Eli Noam, Jonathan Liebenau, Paul Rappoport, and Thomas Dunleavy.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Examines U.S. Relations with Qatar, Gulf States after September 11 Office of Public Affairs Archived webcast of comments by Patrick Theros, former U.S. ambassador to Qatar and president and executive director of the U.S.-Qatar Business Council. Theros examined the impact of U.S. relations with Qatar and the Gulf States after the September 11 attacks, noting that strategic and security relations with those states since World War II have been characterized by ups and downs.
Former Ambassador to South Korea Analyzes Future U.S. Relationships in Asia Office of Public Affairs Donald P. Gregg, former ambassador to South Korea and thirty-year veteran of the CIA, discusses the United States' future relationship with North and South Korea in light of post-September 11 developments.
Global Terrorism and International Responses School of International and Public Affairs Archived webcast of Professor Stephen Sestanovich, a former ambassador at large, describing how the September attacks create opportunities for a stable relationship between the United States and Russia. Other panelists at this roundtable, held October 16, 2001, included SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson and Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Radha Kumar.
Terrorists Using Centuries-Old System to Finance Operations Office of Public Affairs Adjunct Professor Jean-Francois Seznec describes how terrorists use money-changers to finance their operations in this archived webcast of a lecture sponsored by the Middle East Institute. Seznec says the process, which predates Abraham and Mohammad, is legal but difficult to detect.
SIPA Talk Focuses on New Defense Priorities for United States School of International and Public Affairs In a talk sponsored by the Institute of War and Peace Studies, Cindy Williams, a former Pentagon analyst, discussed the strategies and mind-set of the Department of Defense in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
Information on the Columbia Response to the 9/11 Disaster Office of Public Affairs Important news and information about Columbia's response to the World Trade Center tragedy. Learn about University volunteer efforts, carpools, prayer services and memorials, message boards, and more.
Professor Peter Awn: Islam Today School of General Studies NBC's Today Show featured Peter Awn in the special series Islam Today on October 8, 2001. Awn spoke of the common origins of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. He also argued that in modern times, Islamic law and theology have not legitimized modern-day extremists' calls for violence. Peter Awn is dean of the School of General Studies and a religion professor.
Professor Volker Berghahn: U.S. Cold War Efforts to Bolster Image of American Culture School of International and Public Affairs Volker Berghahn, author of America and the Intellectual Cold Wars in Europe (Princeton, 2001), notes that during the 1950s, Europeans continued to be reluctant to see the United States as an equal with regard to culture. To counter this perception, American foundations and philanthropic organizations worked to create a positive image of American culture.
All Eyes on the U.S.: The Attacks and the Aftermath in the Foreign Press School of International and Public Affairs Archived webcast of a panel held October 12, 2001 at the School of International and Public Affairs. New York based foreign correspondents discussed their coverage of the September 11 attacks. The participants included Kirill Voronin, Tribuna, Russia; Koichi Sakai, Nikkei, Japan; Khalil Matar, Middle East Broadcasting Corporation, and Verena Lueken of Frankfurter Allgemeine of Germany.
Stephen Morse Discusses Public Health Implications of Anthrax Threat and Bioterrorism Center for Public Health Archived webcast of Steven Morse, director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
Barnard Forum Discusses History of Violence in Different Religious Traditions Barnard College Archived webcast of a community forum held October, 2001, which explored the landscape of religious violence amongst different traditions from Jihadi movements to Christian fundamentalists. Panelists included E. Valentine Daniel, Janet Jakobsen, Neguin Yavari, Peter Awn, Richard Bulliet, and Saeed Shafqat. The panel was moderated by Jack Hawley.
The World Trade Center Attack: The Official Documents LibraryWeb A selective guide to the official government documents related to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.
Historical Reflections on September 11 Center for Historical Social Sciences Archived webcasts from Columbia's Center for Historical Social Sciences roundtable discussion, held October 5, 2001. Experts analyzed the historical impact of the September 11 attacks and how they are likely to alter future events and trends. Participants included Alan Brinkley, an expert in twentieth-century American history; Eric Foner, a specialist on the Civil War, slavery and nineteenth-century America; and Ira Katznelson, an expert in political theory, race relations and urban politics.
Legal Implications of the Domestic Response to September 11 Columbia Law School Archived webcast of a Law School forum held October 3, 2001, which explored racial profiling before and after the attack and electronic surveillance under current and proposed laws. The forum was moderated by Law School Dean David Leebron and Vice Dean Michael Dorf; participants included law professors Kimberle Crenshaw and Debra Livingston, and Jeffrey Fagan, professor in the School of Public Health.
The Fight against Terrorism and Its Human Rights Implications Columbia Law School Archived webcast of a Law School forum held October 2, 2001, which explored how America can respond effectively to the terrorist threat in a manner consistent with our commitment to constitutional principles. Speakers included Ellen Chapnick, assistant dean, Columbia Law School; David Cole, professor of law, Georgetown University Law Center; and Michael Ratner, vice president, Center for Constitutional Rights and lecturer at Columbia Law School.
Islam and Democracy: Managing Change in Contemporary Iran Middle East Institute Archived webcast of a talk by Ali M. Ansari, University of Durham, held at the Middle East Institute on September 20, 2001.
Roundtable: Global Terrorism and International Responses School of International and Public Affairs Archived webcast of a blitz roundtable held September 26, 2001, at the School of International and Public Affairs. Panelists included foreign policy and military experts Richard Betts, Gary Sick, Robert Legvold, and Kimberly Zisk.
SIPA Forum Discusses Terrorist Attacks and U.S. Response School of International and Public Affairs In a SIPA-sponsored forum held September 12, 2001, "After the Bombings," experts discussed the origins of the World Trade Center terrorist attack and the long term objectives of a U.S. response. Panelists included Dean Lisa Anderson, Gary Sick, and Richard Bulliett.
Columbia International Affairs Online Responds Columbia International Affairs Online Digital volumes of information on terrorism and related topics on CIAO's homepage are open to the Columbia community. Others can register for a thirty-day free trial to gain access to the site.
SIPA Responds School of International and Public Affairs "SIPA Responds" is an effort by students and friends of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) to coordinate responses to the tragedy of September 11, both on campus and off campus. Learn about past and future events, participate in discussion boards, access documents, and join in efforts to deliver help to those affected.

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