Syracuse University’s Remembrance Week 2015 will be held on campus Sunday, Oct. 25, through Saturday, Oct. 31. The weeklong series of events honors the 270 people, including 35 students studying abroad through Syracuse University, who lost their lives in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988.
Each year, 35 Remembrance Scholarships—one for each of the 35 student victims—are awarded in the amount of $5,000 to undergraduate seniors representing a broad range of majors. The Remembrance Week events planned and hosted by the students are meant to honor the victims and further education about terrorism. Remembrance Week activities are all free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
Pen-and-ink drawings of the 35 student victims, and photos of the "Dark Elegy" sculptures created by Suse Lowenstein, will be on display in the Panasci Lounge, located on the third floor of the Schine Student Center.
An exhibition of 35 empty chairs on the Kenneth A. Shaw Quad, an installation created by the 2012 Remembrance Scholars, juxtaposes the visual representation of 35 students lost with good deeds inscribed upon the chairs. The exhibition is meant to serve as a reminder of how a loss in the past can inspire positive actions in the present.
A “Wall of Hopes and Dreams” will be located in the Huntington Beard Crouse Hall plaza. All members of the University community are invited to add their dreams to the wall.
A Remembrance dove sculpture will be located in the atrium of the Whitman School of Management building. All are invited to add a memorial ribbon to the sculpture.
Remembrance Scholars will visit classes and various sporting events around the Syracuse University campus to educate fellow students about the tragedy.
The Hall of Languages will be lit in blue during Remembrance Week.
At each of the following events listed below, the Scholars will collect donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items to benefit to benefit those in need in the community. The week’s schedule includes:
Sunday, Oct. 25
A candlelight vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Hendricks Chapel and conclude at the Wall of Remembrance.
Monday, Oct. 26
The recent PBS documentary “My Brother’s Bomber” by Ken Dornstein will be shown beginning at 7 p.m. in Stolkin Auditorium in the Physics Building. Dornstein’s brother, David, was a victim of the Pan Am 103 bombing.
Tuesday, Oct. 27
A panel discussion on “Terrorism in the Internet Age” will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 500 of the Hall of Languages. Panelists include:
• William Banks—interim dean, College of Law; professor of public administration and international affairs; director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT)
• Sean O’Keefe G’78—University Professor and expert on national security. His former roles include chairman of Airbus Group, president of Louisiana State University and director of NASA
• Brian Semann—assistant professor in the School of Information Studies and co-director of the Behavior-Information-Technology-Society Lab (BITS)
Wednesday, Oct. 28
The Remembrance Scholars will make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Samaritan Center in Syracuse to help those in need. Members of the campus community are invited to join in this effort starting at noon in Rooms 304A, B and C of the Schine Student Center.
Later that day, scholars will volunteer at a Halloween party at Northeast Community Center. Former Remembrance and Lockerbie scholars across the country and world will participate in service events in honor of Remembrance Week.
Also on this day, Insomnia Cookies on Marshall Street will donate 10 percent of each sale to the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse in recognition of Remembrance Week.
Thursday, Oct. 29
Materials from the Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives will be on display from 2-5 p.m. in the Spector Room, 608 Bird Library.
“A Celebration of Life” will be held at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Lounge in the Schine Student Center. Students will present an evening of performances and remembrances to honor and celebrate the lives of those lost on Pan Am Flight 103.
Friday, Oct. 30
Materials from the Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives will be on display from 9 a.m. to noon in the Spector Room, 608 Bird Library.
The Annual Rose Laying ceremony, to remember the Syracuse students killed in the Pan Am 103 bombing, will be held at 2:03 p.m. at the Place of Remembrance, located in front of the Hall of Languages.
The Remembrance Convocation, honoring the 2015-16 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars, will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel.
For information on Remembrance Week activities, visit http://remembrance.syr.edu or Twitter at #SURemembrance15.