Public Programs

Public Programs

As part of our mission to explore the global impact of 9/11 and its continuing significance, the 9/11 Memorial Museum regularly hosts public programs that cover a wide array of contemporary topics. These programs invite experts from diverse backgrounds to offer insights and discuss their work on themes relating to national security, foreign policy, public safety and journalism, as well as culture, literature and the arts.

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Tickets to programs are free, but reservations are required. If you can't make it to the Museum for the following programs, join us via live stream. All programs are broadcasted live at


Within This Dust 
Scottish dance company Shaper/Caper performs three live dance works inspired by the iconic 9/11 pictures by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew, followed by a conversation with artistic director Thomas Small.

 FRIDAY, APR. 21, 7:00 PM

Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History (CNN) 
Join us for the premiere of an episode of CNN's "Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History" that explores 9/11 and popular music.
Tuesday, APR. 25, 7:00 PM 

On Faith and Friendship in an Age of Extremism
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Samar Kaukab, executive director of Arete at the University of Chicago, discuss the relationship between foreign policy and American democracy.

The Horse Soldiers
Former special forces commanders Maj. Mark Nutsch and retired Master Sgt. Scott Neil discuss their unconventional warfare missions atop horseback in the first days after 9/11.

When The Towers Fell
A special presentation of Galway Kinnell’s poem, “When the Towers Fell,” by Stuyvesant High School’s Poetry Workshop, will be followed by curated readings and a conversation with Alice Quinn, the executive director of Poetry Society of America.
TUESDAY, MAY 16, 7:00 PM

Terror and Memory in Norway: The July 22 Attacks
On July 22, 2011, 77 Norwegians, most of them teenagers, were murdered by a single terrorist in Oslo and on nearby Utøya island. Historian Tor Einar Fagerland and architect Atle Aas discuss the work of creating two memorial sites that commemorate this national tragedy.

From the Civil War to 9/11: America Confronts Mass Death
Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust chronicled the impact of mass death on American society in her national bestselling book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.” Faust, a historian, traces this change through later wars and reflects on how this history shaped the American response to 9/11.