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MEDIA ADVISORY: Muslim and Jewish Students to Host 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony at Johns Hopkins

September 9, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
(443) 287-9960

TO:                 Assignment editors, reporters

FROM:           Phil Sneiderman / Office: 443-287-9960; Cell: 410-299-7462 / prs@jhu.edu

RE:                  Student-organized 9/11 anniversary event featuring speakers, candlelight service

WHEN:           7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11

WHERE:         The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, Hodson Hall 110, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218

On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, three student groups – the JHU Muslim Association, Hopkins Hillel and S.E.E.D. (Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity) – will conduct a candlelight memorial service for the lives lost and present four scholars who will speak on the significance of the event.

Rafee Al-Mansur, an organizer representing the JHU Muslim Association and S.E.E.D, said the purpose of the gathering is “to bring everyone together to think back to the events that happened that tragic day, and to reflect upon how it has impacted us personally.” A second goal, he said, “to really bring Americans together, regardless of race or religion, to remember an event which has changed America forever.”

The service will open with the showing of a 9/11 tribute video, the presentation of colors by a Johns Hopkins ROTC unit, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and a rendition of the national anthem by the All Nighters, a Johns Hopkins student singing group.

The four speakers will be political scientist Steven David, a Johns Hopkins vice dean for undergraduate education; Hassan A. Amin, a Sojourner-Douglas College professor who serves as the Islamic liaison between the Mayor’s Office of Baltimore City and the Muslim community; Hoda Elshishtawy, a government and policy analyst for the Muslim Public Affairs Council; and Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins professor of sociology and public policy.

The event will conclude at approximately 9:30 p.m. with a candlelight ceremony and remarks by Johns Hopkins Associate Chaplain Kathy Schnurr.

If you plan to cover this event, please RSVP to Phil Sneiderman
at prs@jhu.edu or 443-287-9960 (office); 410-299-7462 (cell).

On the campus map linked below, Hodson Hall is building 17. Parking available in the South Garage.

PRESS CONTACTS – Cell phone numbers for key student organizers:
Rafee Al-Mansur (JHU Muslim Association; S.E.E.D.): 301-905-2816

Sabeeh Baig (JHU Muslim Association): 908- 812-3054


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