Remembering and Rethinking 9/11: 10 Years Later


John Nicholas Brown Center, Library 357 Benefit Street, Providence

Mary Marshall Clark, Director of the Columbia Center for Oral History, will be at Brown to discuss themes and read from her new book, After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years That Followed.

Books will be availabe at the reading and lecture.

The Columbia Center for Oral History is the world’s oldest university-based oral history archive. Founded in 1948 by Allan Nevins, the archive now holds nearly 20,000 hours of audiotaped and videotaped interviews on national and international subjects. Shortly after the events of September 11, 2001, Clark and Peter Bearman, sociologist (and director of the Columbia Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy) undertook a large, longitudinal oral history project, “The September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project,” to trace the meaning of the terrorist events and aftermath within New York City through personal life histories and cultural memories. Through that project and others that followed it, more than 950 hours have been collected with approximately 600 New Yorkers tracing both the event and the political afterlife of September 11, including the backlash against Muslims, Arab-Americans and others who “looked like” the enemy at home.

Currently, Clark is directing a project on the post-9/11 use Guantánamo Bay as a detention center, and on the ramifications of policies of torture and rendition on individuals and families. Clark is co-founder and director, with Bearman, of the nation’s first masters’ program in Oral History, the Oral History Master of Arts, launched at Columbia University in 2008. Clark is past president of the Oral History Association and a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Prior to her career at Columbia, Clark conducted oral histories for the New York Times.