Public Programs

Public Programs

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is dedicated to deepening our audience’s understanding of 9/11’s continuing impact in America and around the world through film screenings, moderated conversations and performances. If you can't make it to the Museum, join us live at

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Programs are free unless otherwise specified. Reservations are required.

Upcoming Programs:

Only Plane in the Sky
Thursday, September 19, 7:00 p.m.
Journalist and historian Garrett Graff recounts the harrowing story of 9/11 in “The Only Plane in the Sky,” a comprehensive, minute-by-minute account of the attacks based on extensive research and oral history interviews. 

Essential Intelligence: The CIA’s Response to 9/11
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
Presented in partnership with the CIA, former Acting Directors John McLaughlin and Michael Morell and former CIA Senior Paramilitary Officer Phil Reilly discuss how 9/11 ushered in a new era of intelligence work.

American Diplomacy in a Post-9/11 Era
Monday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.
Ronald E. Neumann of the American Academy of Diplomacy, Gérard Araud, former Ambassador of France to the U.S. (2014–2019), and Peter Ammon, former Ambassador of Germany to the U.S. (2011–2014) discuss the future of American diplomacy.

Playing for Peace: Music by Karim Wasfi
Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.
Celebrated cellist Karim Wasfi performs a site-specific musical composition for those affected by the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 9/11 attacks. Wasfi discusses his experience in cultural diplomacy and shares how he uses music for healing, cross-cultural integration, de-radicalization and counterterrorism.

ISIS without the Caliphate: What Happens Now?
Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
The so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria is no more, but ISIS remains active. Graeme Wood, author of "The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State," and Devorah Margolin of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism discuss what the end of the caliphate means for ISIS’s reach and its victims.

Combatting Terrorist Content: The Social Media Challenge
Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.
David Tessler, public policy manager on the Dangerous Organizations team at Facebook, and Joan Donovan, director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, discuss the challenges that Facebook, and other social media platforms, face in countering violent extremism.

Al-Qaeda Today
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.
Over eight years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the State Department recently declared al-Qaeda to be as much of a threat to the U.S. as it ever has been. As a complement to the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s upcoming exhibition, al-Qaeda experts Peter Bergen, Bruce Hoffman, Mary Galligan and Mark Stout discuss the future of the terrorist group.

The Targeter: How to Hunt Terrorists
Monday, November 25, 7:00 p.m.
In her new book "The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists, and Challenging the White House," Nada Bakos recounts her experience as an analyst and then as a targeting officer, and gives an engrossing account of the intelligence work that helps to keep our country safe.

The Long War in Afghanistan: How Does it End?
Thursday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.
The War in Afghanistan is the longest in American history. Tamanna Salikuddin, a former diplomat, discusses current efforts to find a settlement that will allow the U.S. to withdraw from Afghanistan, including U.S. and Afghan talks with the Taliban.

New York Stories: Preet Bharara
Thursday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.
Preet Bharara reflects on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on law enforcement practices from his unique vantage point in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 2009–2017 and discusses his role in bringing senior al-Qaeda officials to justice.


The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is committed to accommodating visitors with disabilities. If you need accommodations, please contact for more information.

Through the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Summit on Security, presented by First Data, public programs in 2019 are made possible by Accenture, ADP, AT&T, BlackRock, Deloitte, GNYHA Ventures, Inc., Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo Foundation, and UL LLC.