"Return, Remember: Ephemeral Memorials in the Legacy of September 11th"
Panelists will discuss the spontaneous memorials that sprung up in New York City after 9/11 and the significance of these tributes. The scheduled participants include photographer Martha Cooper (author of the recently released photo book Remembering 9/11), CUNY professor Harriet F. Senie and folklorist Steve Zeitlin. The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-666-3049, powerhousearena.com). Sept 6 6--8pm; free.
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"Trauma's Afterlife: Remembering 9/11"
The Museum of Jewish Heritage hosts a discussion about life after tragedy with psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Goren and neuroscientist Dr. Rachel Yehuda. The pair will discuss post-traumatic stress disorder while touching on September 11 and the Holocaust. 36 Battery Pl at 1st Pl (646-437-4202,mjhnyc.org). Sept 7 at 7pm; donations accepted.
"Witness to Tragedy and Recovery: How Media Images of Disaster Are Shaped--and Shape Us"
PBS anchor Aaron Brown will share his thoughts on covering the attacks for CNN in a symposium moderated by Michelle Charlesworth of WABC. The discussion is held in conjunction with a photo exhibit at Pace University that compiles images of the aftermath taken by more than 30 photojournalists. Multipurpose Room at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza at Spruce St (212-618-6931,pace.edu/witness). Sept 8 7:15--9pm; free. Registration required at pace.edu/witness.
"The 9/11 Decade: New York and America After the Towers"
Following a performance of Richard Nelson's new play Sweet and Sad, which is set three days in the future, Alec Baldwin will moderate a panel discussion on the repercussions of 9/11. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St between Astor Pl and E 4th St (212-967-7555, publictheater.org). Sept 8 at 7:30pm; $20.
"9/11 a Decade Later: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges"
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer—both of whom were serving under President George W. Bush when 9/11 happened—join Michael Mukasey, the country's attorney general from 2007 to 2009, to discuss the results of the War on Terror, and the future of fighting terrorism. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Sept 8 at 8pm; $29.
"Searching for Answers in a Post-9/11 World"
Legal analyst Arthur Miller moderates a panel of more than a dozen members of the Wisdom Thinkers Network, all of whom have backgrounds in academia, media, NGOs and government. The group, which includes author Stuart A. Kauffman (Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion) and Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, will discuss what the U.S. and the world have learned from the 9/11 attacks, and whether that knowledge will engender change. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Sept 8 at 8:15pm; $29.
"In Times of Strife: Music Responds"
During this free discussion, composer John Corigliano will speak with Philharmonic archivist Barbara Haws about the process behind his meditation on 9/11, One Sweet Morning, which the New York Philharmonic will premiere on September 30. Following the chat, mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke and pianist Stephen Gosling will perform an arrangement from Corigliano's work. Free tickets will be distributed through a lottery, which can be entered by until September 1. Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (at Lincoln Center), 165 W 65th St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave, tenth floor (212-875-5656,nyphil.org). Sept 9 at 6:30pm; free.
Art of Justice: 9/11 Performance Project
John Jay College mounts three full-length plays—Demolition of the Eiffel Tower, The Domestic Crusaders and Another Life—inspired by the political climate following 9/11. Each work examines themes of prejudice, greed and violence. A panel discussion follows each performance, with the playwrights and legal experts probing how society has changed since the September 11 attacks.Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College), 899 Tenth Ave between 58th and 59th Sts (212-279-4200, jjay.cuny.edu/theater). Schedule varies; $20, students $10. Sept 9--11.
"Rethinking Memorial: Ten Interactive Sites for Remembering 9/11"
The Brooklyn Arts Council invited artists to submit ideas for temporary 9/11 memorials, to be mounted at ten different spots in Dumbo. The chosen pieces, which invite audience participation, will debut the day before the anniversary. Among the selected works are Sonya Blesofsky's Paper Monuments, which asks visitors to create models of the Twin Towers out of paper; and Illegal Art's Morning Sky, in which participants are invited to paint a square of canvas to match the color the sky was that day.Location varies; visit brooklynartscouncil.org for details. Sept 10 11am--5pm.
In Performance: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001
The Joyce Theater presents this free two-night concert in Battery Park. Matthew Rushing of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform solo, choreographer Jessica Lang will premiere a new work, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company accompanies the Orchestra of St. Luke's with guest conductor David LaMarche. Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, River Terr at Warren St (212-242-0800,joyce.org). Sept 10, 11 at 5pm; free.
A Concert for New York
For the New York Philharmonic's free memorial concert, soprano Dorothea Rschmann, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and the New York Choral Artists will perform Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," with the philharmonic's music director, Alan Gilbert, conducting. The work was composed in remembrance of Mahler's benefactor, Hans von Blow, and is a statement on the beauty of the afterlife. Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center), 132 W 65th St at Broadway (nyphil.org). Sept 10 at 7:30pm; free. Ticket distribution begins at 4pm on the Josie Robertson Plaza, limited to one pair per person.