Speakers include a wide array
of people who had some intimate
involvement in the 9/11 tragedy
Once a week between January and April, the 20 students in the 9/11 Student-Journalism Project got to hear speakers associated with 9/11 in some way and ask probing questions. Former NJ Gov. Tom Kean, who headed the 9/11 Commission, had so much to talk about that he spoke to the class for more than two hours. He had promised only a 20-minute stay in the classroom.
John Farmer, counsel to the 9/11 Commission and dean of Rutgers School of Law-Newark, was slated to speak but was injured in an automobile accident and had to cancel his appearance.
Speaker: Gov. Tom Kean - Chair, 9/11 Commission. He discussed the recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission in 2003 and 2004 and whether any have been implemented.
Speaker: Dan Zegart, author of Your Father’s Voice, which tells the story of Jeremy Glick, who was one of the “Let’s Roll” passengers from United Flight 93. Your Father’s Voice was one of five textbooks assigned in the course.
Speaker: Mary Fetchet, director and founder, Voices of September 11th, one of the largest organizations representing 9/11 families.
Speaker: Tom Franklin, The Record of Hackensack’s award-winning photographer, who spoke about his iconic photograph of 9/11 and other photographs he took that day.
Speaker: Mike McKee, Bloomberg News – He happened to be attending a meeting the morning of 9/11 at the Marriott World Trade Center and was the first reporter to see the planes hit the Twin Towers. McKee, scraped and bloodied, escaped with his life when the towers came down.
Speaker: Frank Scandale, executive editor of The Record – He talked about dispatching reporters and photographers on 9/11 across the Hudson and running a frantic newsroom that day and the days afterward.
Speaker: Anthony Gardner – He lost his brother on 9/11, and he spoke about how that loss turned into advocacy as he established a 9/11 education organization, September 11th Education Trust, which operates nationally. He showed a powerful video of images of the towers collapse and interviews with survivors.
Speaker: Dr. Donna Gaffney – Therapist who works with 9/11 families and is with Columbia University’s International Trauma Studies Program.
Speakers: 9/11 family members who run the Tribute WTC Visitor Center at 120 Liberty Street in downtown Manhattan. Students and professors came into Manhattan by bus, made an outdoor tour of WTC site using audio guides and then toured the Visitor Center’s five galleries.
Joe Kuchie, one of the Rutgers students who took the 9/11 Project course, with Kelly larson whose father died in the World Trade Center. Below is a photograph from happier days — the Larson family before 9/11.