Fall 2017

Photo by Monika Graff, 9/11 Memorial.

Come From Away
Following the attacks on 9/11, 38 planes were diverted to the small town of Gander on the island of Newfoundland. “Come From Away” is an award-winning musical that tells the story of those 7,000 stranded passengers and the people who welcomed them. The program featured special guests who were instrumental in bringing this moving story of human kindness to the Broadway stage.
Monday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.

The Latest in the Middle East with Bernard Haykel
Middle East expert Bernard Haykel returned to the 9/11 Memorial Museum to disentangle the latest turns in the region. From upheaval in the Saudi royal family, to the shifting alliances in Syria and the losses of the Islamic State, Haykel outlined the challenges for American policy.
Thursday, September 28, 7:00 p.m.

A Conversation with FBI Director Christopher Wray
The 9/11 attacks prompted significant changes in the FBI's counterterrorism operations in the U.S. and around the world. FBI Director Christopher Wray reflected on the Bureau's ever-evolving fight against terrorism and the challenges that lie ahead.
Monday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.

How to Be a Muslim 
In his memoir “How to Be a Muslim: An American Story,” hailed as “profound and intimate” by The Washington Post, frequent CNN commentator Haroon Moghul revealed how he struggled with his Muslim-American identity in post-9/11 America. Moghul discussed his experience during an emotional and politically tense time for the country and how it has influenced his work as the Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute. 
Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. 

Drone Warrior
In the years after 9/11, technology revolutionized America’s ability to surveil, track and eliminate terrorists. Brett Velicovich discussed the complexity of drone operations in his book, “Drone Warrior,” and shared his experience as a former special operations member who was at the center of the U.S. military’s first foray into drone warfare. 
Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.

What Russia Wants
Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and its increasingly assertive foreign policy in Syria and Afghanistan directly challenged American influence. Stephen Sestanovich – Columbia University professor, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former State Department ambassador at large – unpacked the latest news on Russia and its impact on America’s post-9/11 foreign policy. 
Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.

My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad
The Washington Post correspondent Souad Mekhennet chronicled her journey as a Muslim reporter traveling across the Middle East and Europe to interview individuals in the inner circles of al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS. Unafraid to travel behind enemy lines, Mekhennet reflects in her memoir “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad” on her encounters with some of the most notorious jihadists and how the terrorist threat in Europe has evolved in recent years.
Monday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.

Deciphering Jihadi Culture
Thomas Hegghammer, senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, and Cole Bunzel, scholar of jihadi ideology at Princeton University, examined how terrorist groups like ISIS construct shared values among their supporters.
Thursday, November 30, 7:00 p.m.

General Michael Hayden on the War on Terror
Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden was director of the National Security Agency on 9/11 and, from 2006 to 2008, served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency – the first person in history to have led both agencies. Hayden discussed the current state of the War on Terror, cybersecurity and Russian interference.
Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.

Why Yemen Matters
Dr. Sheila Carapico, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, reflected on the long crisis in Yemen and examines the regional and global impact of U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels and the deposed Yemeni president Ali Salih.
Monday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.


The 201718 public program season at the 9/11 Memorial Museum has been made possible in part by the David Berg Foundation.