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This session will connect issues that emerged in 9/11’s aftermath in New York with contemporary societal issues experienced by individuals, groups, communities, the city, and the country. ​

Mass emergencies linger in contemporary times, and 9/11 left residues that continue to haunt us today. In the last twenty years, New York has experienced two major catastrophes. In 2001 and again in 2020, New York was seen by the world as a stricken city – in 2001 with images of two massive skyscraper’s collapse and a mountain of rubble that burned for months, and in 2020 it was the world epicenter of the Covid pandemic with lockdowns, mobile morgues, and mass graves.

Over the past twenty years, the phrases in the news -- “like 9/11” and “since 9/11” -- denote sudden catastrophic violence that rupture civic well-being and individual and collective lives. These phrases have connected 9/11 with the human and civic costs of profusely-contaminated air from western wildfires, health risks borne by essential workers in the Covid pandemic, civic policies sustaining between-group disparities in well-being, and neighborhoods reduced to rubble in disasters.

Now, twenty years after 9/11, is an occasion to revisit 9/11’s political, psychological, and practical resonance in light of contemporary issues. In this session, five experts whose work is at the interface of scholarship and practice discuss the reach of 9/11’s aftermath in key societal issues that we in New York have experienced in the past and remain a concern for individuals and the city as a whole. Attention to public safety, civil rights, the human right to a healthy environment, and community well-being and mental health remain important concerns in both contexts.

Looking back from the vantage of the present, panelists address these urgent issues discussing how we, as individuals living collectively in a city, can safeguard our health, our privacy, and our well-being in contexts shaped by extreme duress.

Ten years ago, Professor Susan Opotow, Zachary Baron Shemtob, and the James Gallery/Center for the Humanities convened a public conference that brought together practitioners and scholars to discuss such emerging issues in 2011 as health and safety, the challenges faced by the New York’s Muslim-American community and, with architects Daniel Liebeskind and Michael Arad, rebuilding the World Trade Center site. Three years ago, the resulting edited book, New York After 9/11 (Fordham University Press, 2018), widened and deepened investigations into 9/11’s extended aftermath in various spheres of New York City life.

Organized by Professor Susan Opotow, Zachary Baron Shemtob, and the James Gallery/Center for the Humanities.

Presented by the James Gallery/Center for the Humanities with the support of John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY; CUNY Law School; The Public Science Project; CUNY Graduate Center PhD Programs in: Critical Social/Personality Psychology, Urban Education, and Social Welfare; Sociology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY; The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics; Fordham University Press.

Presented by the James Gallery/Center for the Humanities, with the PhD Program in Critical Social/Personality Psychology and The Public Science Project, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.