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Public Invited to Participate in '911 Days' Discussion, Exhibition

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public to “911 Days,” a gallery exhibition, panel discussion, public forum and peace vigil, Tuesday, March 9 in the Library gallery and the Whitaker Hall Sprint Room to promote reflection on the changes in America and the world over the 911 days since Sept. 11, 2001.

March 9 will mark 911 days since tragedy struck America and the world on Sept. 11, 2001. The panel discussion, public forum and gallery exhibition will focus on the fundamental changes that have occurred in our ways of thinking and acting, in our personal, regional, national and international relationships, and in our perceptions of self, security and identity.

“This exhibition and public forum has the explicit intention of encouraging productive dialogue,” exhibition curator and associate professor of art Patricia J. Fay said.

“ ‘911 Days’ is more than a span of time, it is a philosophical construct to assist us in making connections across time to draw powerful conclusions that will propel us towards positive action for ourselves, for this country and for the world.”

An opening reception for the exhibition “911 Days: A Dialogue with Words and Images” will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Library gallery. Associate professor of English Jim Brock is co-curator.

The exhibition features 12 writers and artists invited to respond with words and images intended to promote reflection and response from the viewer.

Notebooks will be available in the gallery for visitors to record their thoughts and engage in dialogue on the changes in America and the world over these 911 days. The exhibition continues on display through April 11.

After the reception, FGCU will host the panel discussion and public forum “911 Days: What Have We Learned?” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by a peace vigil. Moderator is associate professor of communication Maria F. Roca.

Invited scholars, intellectuals and activists address the question “What have we learned since Sept. 11, 2001?” Public discussion and dialogue will follow the presentations. The peace vigil will begin at approximately 9 p.m.

The events are free and open to the public, and are co-sponsored by FGCU and Pax Christi of Naples.

For more information, contact Fay at (239) 590-7229 or Roca at (239) 590-7185.

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