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UT’s LBJ School to Host ‘Conversation 9/11: A Decade After, Looking Forward’ on Friday, September 9 at AVAYA Auditorium

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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 1:30pm

AVAYA Auditorium, ACES 2.302

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National Security, Law, Terrorism and Government Experts to Provide Analysis of Post-9/11 World

AUSTIN, Texas – A decade after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, many questions are still left unanswered. Are we safer than we were a decade ago? Are we “winning” the so-called “war on terror”? Has the cost of security been worth the incursions into our privacy and even our civil liberties? Was September 11 a massive intelligence failure, and if so, have the intelligence reforms undertaken since made things better? Ten years after September 11 and twenty years after the end of the Cold War, how do we understand and find our way in the current era of globalization?

To commemorate the tragic events of that bright September morning 10 years ago, The University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will bring together university experts from the areas of national security, terrorism, law and government for a commemorative panel discussion that will explore these and other key issues. On September 9, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in the AVAYA Auditorium, panelists will assess what we have gained, what we have lost and what the stakes are as we continue to move forward from September 11, 2001.

    Ambassador Robert Hutchings , dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School and former chairman of the National Intelligence Council, will moderate the panel, which will include:
  • Admiral Bobby R. Inman, U. S. Navy, (Ret.), Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy, former director of the National Security Agency and deputy director of Central Intelligence;
  • Bobby Chesney, Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law and an expert on state secrets privilege and on detention and prosecution of terrorist suspects;
  • Dan Bartlett, adjunct professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School and former counselor to President George W. Bush, who on the morning of September 11 was traveling with the president on Air Force One;
  • Ami Pedahzur, professor of government and an expert on terrorism, counter-terrorism and political extremism; and
  • Susan Binford, assistant dean of communications for the Lyndon B. Johnson School and former executive vice president of communications for the CNN News Group, will introduce the event with a firsthand account from inside the CNN Washington, D.C. newsroom on the morning of September 11, 2001.

“September 11, 2001 was a watershed event in this country and throughout the world. Now, with the passing of 10 years, it is a unique time for reflection,” said Hutchings. “We not only honor those whose lives were lost on that day, but we continue to try to understand the longer-term meaning and import of those events, even as we tackle a host of new challenges.”

Additionally, the university will offer several opportunities to commemorate the anniversary of September 11, 2001. For more information, visit:


LBJ School Graduate Students Explore the Changing Policy Landscape in 9/11 Policy Restrospective - The Baines Report, Sept. 8, 2011

Is America safer since 9/11 - By Ami Pedahzur, Sept. 2, 2011

A day to remember - A team of LBJ School students provides dramaturgical support for a play commemorating 9/11 - by Austin Powell, Sept. 2, 2011

Is there a map to the future? - The former head of the U.S. National Intelligence Council explains why governments try -- and fail -- to see over the horizon. - by Robert Hutchings, Foreign Policy, Aug. 31, 2011


Schedule of September 11 Commemoration Events:

Friday, September 9, 2011

9 a.m. - Flag Lowering by the university ROTC. Main Mall.
Flags on the Main Mall will remain at half-staff and will be lighted overnight through the weekend.

Personal Reflections on 9/11. Main Mall.
Those wanting to share their individual perspectives or memories of 9/11 can write their observations on paper provided at tables at entrances to the flag courts. Written remembrances will be deposited in the official University Archives located in the Briscoe Center for American History in Sid Richardson Hall.

Noon - Carillon Concert. Tower Carillon.
Carillonneur Tom Anderson will perform music relevant to the occasion.

1:30-3 p.m. - Panel Discussion: “Conversation 9/11: A Decade After, Looking Forward”, Avaya Auditorium, ACE 2.302.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Midnight - The Darkened Tower
The lighting configuration known as “the darkened Tower” will be visible from midnight until the sun rises on Sunday morning.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dusk - The Darkened Tower
As daylight fades, “the darkened Tower” will be revealed and be visible until sunrise on Monday morning.

Nightfall - Presentation of the American Flag
Ten years ago, The University of Texas at Austin paid tribute to those whose lives were lost in the tragedy of 9/11 by displaying the U. S. flag on the front of the Main Building. That flag will once again be displayed at the heart of the university’s campus.