Winter/Spring 2017

The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m
ISIS is bent on murder and mayhem. Its followers believe this is the path to a perfect world. The Atlantic national correspondent Graeme Wood discusses his new book, “The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State,” which draws from wide-ranging interviews exploring ISIS’s theology and appeal.

The Latest in the Middle East with Bernard Haykel
Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Middle East expert Bernard Haykel returns to the 9/11 Memorial Museum to disentangle the latest turns in the region. Spanning Saudi Arabia and Iran, Syria and Libya, Haykel outlines the options for American policy in the face of spreading conflict.

TERROR: A Conversation with VICE’s Suroosh Alvi
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
VICE founder Suroosh Alvi has traveled the world investigating the origins and impact of the world’s deadliest terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda in Yemen, al-Shabaab in Somalia, the Islamic State in Iraq, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Tehrik-i-Taliban in Pakistan for the five-part series TERROR. Alvi reflects on how VICE reports on the growth of terrorism over the past 15 years and the broader place 9/11 has in history.

StoryCorps: The September 11th Initiative 
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
For the past decade, StoryCorps and the 9/11 Memorial Museum have recorded powerful stories about people killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay reflects on the importance of this endeavor and how it fits into the human tradition of storytelling.

Making Sense of Syria
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Since March 2011, the conflict in Syria has evolved into a complex war, pitting regional and international powers against jihadist groups, and at times, against each other. Having returned recently from the battlefront in Syria, Barak Barfi, a research fellow at the New America Foundation, examines options for containing the bloody conflict.

Never Forget: The Power Behind Institutions of Memory
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum commemorate vastly different events, but both place memory at the center of their missions. USHMM Director Sara J. Bloomfield and 9/11 Memorial President and CEO Alice M. Greenwalddiscuss the creation, location and design of these living memorials, and their impact. This program was co-presented with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and will take place at USHMM in Washington, D.C. For tickets and more information, please visit

The Future of the Jihadist Threat
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
The world is struggling to understand how ISIS has captured both territory and the imagination of its ardent followers. Senior fellow and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution Will McCants explores the continuing transformation of the extremist threat and the means of defeating it.

Inside the FBI: New York
Monday, April 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Executive Produced by Dick Wolf and Marc Levin, “Inside the FBI: New York” is a gripping, new series that pulls back the curtain on the Bureau’s flagship office. Filmed for over a year with unprecedented access to the largest field office in the country, the series explores the FBI’s historic evolution since the 9/11 attacks, tracking Special Agents and Intelligence Analysts as they fight crime and terrorism not just within the five boroughs, but on a global scale—from New York City to Paris, Kampala and beyond. This special New York event will screen an episode focused on the New York Bureau’s counterterrorism division, followed by a Q&A with FBI assistant director of the Office of Public Affairs Michael P. Kortan and producer Marc Levin. Production by Brick City V and Wolf Films. This program was exclusively available to Museum members for booking.

Within This Dust
Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Inspired by iconic pictures by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew that captured a man falling from the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks, the Scottish dance company Shaper/Caper created “Within This Dust, a performance balancing movement and subtle storytelling. The performance includes three live dance works and will be followed by a conversation with Shaper/Caper artistic director Thomas Small.

Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History (CNN)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Executive produced by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia (Seven Bucks Productions) and Emmy and Peabody Award winners Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre (Show of Force), “Soundtracks” explores seminal moments in history through the music that has defined them. Featuring original interviews with legendary musicians as well as celebrated journalists, historians and writers, the CNN Original Series reveals how music is a driving force behind social change. Hiram Garcia and Brian Gewirtz (Seven Bucks Productions), Joshua Bennett and Mira Chang (Show of Force), and Amy Entelis and Lizzie Fox (CNN) also serve as executive producers. This special Tribeca Film Festival screening will premiere the episode on 9/11 taking a closer look at the music that took center stage for a country fighting to heal and rebuild following the terrorist attacks. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and NYU music historian Jason King.

On Faith and Friendship in an Age of Extremism
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
How can religion and religious leaders work together to push back against extremism and stereotypes? 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
Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
America’s initial military response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks involved a handful of American Special Operations forces secretly sent into Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Former special forces commanders Maj. Mark Nutsch and retired Master Sgt. Scott Neildiscuss their unconventional warfare missions atop horseback in the first days after 9/11.

When The Towers Fell
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a night of poetry and conversation as we reflect on the 15 years that have passed since the 2001 attacks. A special presentation of Galway Kinnell’s poem, “When the Towers Fell,” by juniors and seniors from Stuyvesant High School, will be followed by curated readings by Rosebud Ben-Oni and Noel Quiñones, and a conversation with Alice Quinn, the executive director of Poetry Society of America.

Terror and Memory in Norway: The July 22 Attacks
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
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
Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
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.