The ‘Remembering 9/11’ project has produced some valuable primary sources that can be used as instructional materials to communicate and educate the general public about the courageous and selfless actions of thousands of responders---construction workers, ironworkers, police officers, emergency services personnel, firefighters-- to name a few, who spent countless hours at the WTC sites aiding in the rescue, recovery, and clean-up process.
The two main resources used in teaching about 9/11 are the film documentary: 9/11: An American Requiem and the companion book We’re Not Leaving: 9/11 Responders Tell Their Stories of Courage, Sacrifice, and Renewal.
These two irreplaceable resources along with edited short videos centered on a variety of educational topics and video vignettes selected from the Remembering 9/11 archive provide librarians and educators useful instructional tools.
Public Library Program “Meet a 9/11 Responder”
This program launched in 2011, during the 10th anniversary of 9/11, as a way for responders featured in the ‘Remembering 9/11’ project to share the legacy of their 9/11 experiences with the local public. The program is a collaborative effort between the WTC Health Program and select Long Island libraries.
The structure for this Program includes:
An introduction by a representative from the WTC Health Program
A series of three video clips from our video archive of over 180 interviews with responders
A brief presentation by one or more responders who were highlighted in the video clips
A Q&A informal discussion with the 9/11 responder(s), the library audience and staff from the WTC Health Program
To date, the following libraries in Suffolk County have participated in the “Meet a 9/11 Responder’ Program
Middle Country Public Library Centereach, NY
Emma S. Clark Library Setauket-East Setauket, NY
Longwood Public Library Middle Island, NY
Port Jefferson Free Library Port Jefferson, NY
West Hampton Library Westhampton Beach, NY
East Hampton Library East Hampton, NY
Connetquot Public Library Bohemia, NY
Islip Library Islip, NY
Northport Public Library Northport, NY
Patchogue/Medford Library Patchogue, NY
Bayport/Bluepoint Library Blue Point, NY
Cold Spring Harbor Library Cold Spring Harbor, NY
South Country Library Bellport NY
The ‘Remembering 9/11’ High School Course
The ‘Remembering 9/11’ high school program was developed, because we felt that the generation of children who are coming of age in this post-9/11 world, do not have a clear understanding of this event and its impact on our world. The first person accounts of responders serves as an excellent primary resource for high school students—many of whom were too young to remember the event and understand its impact.
In October 2012, the Long Island WTC Health Program partnered with Ward Melville High School, part of renowned Three Village School District on the north shore of Long Island to create an educational program for high school students. The staff from the program, along with Ms. Lauren Kaushansky, an education specialist at Stony Brook University, partnered with Ms. Tracy Beauchamp, the Chair of the High School Social Studies Department to create a basic 9/11 segment for her course on Great Moral Questions. Our main goal was to inform high school juniors about 9/11 and the repercussions on our society. In addition, we wanted to incite a deep understanding of choices ordinary citizens make and the personal sacrifices involved.
As part of the 9/11 curriculum, the students watched two 9/11 documentaries, including 9/11: An American Requiem and participated in classroom exercises exploring the process of making moral decisions. Chapters from our book, We’re Not Leaving: 9/11 Responders Tell Their Stories of Courage, Sacrifice, and Renewal were assigned.
The coursework culminated in a Q & A session with 9/11 responders. Students worked in groups to prepare a list of questions for the responders. Teachers moderated the student-generated questions, and students were permitted to directly ask follow-up questions from responders after the program.
Students and responders in this program responded favorably to the course, and we hope to continue this program every year.
Please click below to read some of the responses from students & responders participating in the October 2012 program
Feedback from Students (quotes will be provided)
Feedback from Responders (quotes will be provided)
9/11: An Anatomy of a Healthcare Disaster Medical School Course
This is a multi-dimensional five-week seminar for second year medical students at Stony Brook University Hospital. The course is given in the spring of each year, and uses video vignettes from the project as an instructional resource for medical students to learn about the courageous acts of responders and also about the various health issues responders are facing in the years following their participation in the rescue, recovery, and cleanup efforts. Responders featured in the book & film have attended the final session of the seminar to directly interact with students and answer questions about the personal impact of their WTC rescue, recovery, and clean up experiences.
For 2013 we have revamped the course into a Webinar format. We will use social media to expand our discussion beyond the seminar walls to the public. Through this innovative format, students, 9/11 responders, other concerned citizens and experts will be able to exchange ideas. All participants will be teachers and learners.
The 2013 Course Syllabus of 9/11: An Anatomy of a Healthcare Disaster (this should open up to the pdf version of the syllabus—will be attached)
If you are interested in participating in the Webinar, please click here.
Short Educational Videos
The Toxic & Traumatic Effects of the WTC Disaster on 9/11 Responders
The Physical & Mental Health Effects of WTC Disaster on 9/11 Responders
The Legal & Sociopolitical Effects of the WTC Disaster on 9/11 Responders
The Personal & Spiritual Impact of the WTC Disaster on 9/11 Responders
Archive of past seminars:
Spring 2011 Sessions of 9/11: An Anatomy of a Healthcare Disaster
Session 1: The Toxic & Traumatic Effects of the WTC Disaster on 9/11 Responders
Session 2: The Physical & Mental Health Effects of the WTC Disaster on 9/11 Responders
Session 3: The Legal & Sociopolitical Effects of the WTC Disaster on 9/11 Responders
Session 4: The Personal & Spiritual Impact of the WTC Disaster on 9/11 Responders
Session 5: The Public Policy & Advocacy Perspective of the WTC Disaster & 9/11 Responders