Remembering 9/11

The twin bars of light signify the loss of the World Trade Center on 9 11 2001 | photo by Lerone Pieters

On Sept. 11, 2001, Seattle Pacific was starting its annual preparations for Orientation and the beginning of another academic year. Autumn Quarter began two weeks later in a suddenly different world. As the country marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, we reflect on the past but also offer ways to learn more and a list of organizations helping Afghans making their way to the United States.

SPU Stories

SPU: 20 years ago

SPU's Response magazine editor Shelly Ngo takes a look back 20 years ago and includes republished essays from the Autumn 2001 issue by SPU professors, alumni, and others, as well as an address by former President Philip Eaton, on their personal reflections on 9/11 and thoughts about how Christians can respond. Read the article.

The American flag at half-mast | photo by Eastman Childs

Message from SPU’s Senior Leadership

"Many of you can recall exactly where you were and how you responded to news of the coordinated attacks against the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Others of you may be too young to remember the tragic events at all. Together, we have an opportunity to examine this history and its continued significance for the campus and the wider community." (Excerpt from an email to campus from SPU's Senior Leadership Council.)

A black-and-white photo of the twin towers by Steve Harvey

Upcoming lecture by History Department

The History Department will host an evening discussion about the legacies of the war on terror that was launched in response to the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago. 

Assistant Professor of History Alissa Walter will explain the continued activity of the Islamic State group and other extremist groups despite two decades of counterterrorism efforts, provide an update on the status of Guantanamo Bay, and address the legacy of torture for U.S. foreign policy today. The discussion will end with a facilitated conversation with faculty members from different disciplines on campus about the continued consequences of 9/11 in the present. 

Details about the date and time of this event will be forthcoming.

Volunteers assemble bags of food for refugees | photo by Joel Muniz

How to help Afghans coming to the U.S.

SPU's Center for Career and Calling has provided this list of organizations working with Afghans coming to the United States.

A recent Seattle Times article listed local groups offering resettlement assistance to Afghans coming to the Puget Sound.