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Kelly Homan Rodoski

Syracuse University’s Remembrance Week 2017 will be held on campus Sunday, Oct. 22, through Saturday, Oct. 28. 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 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars 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.

All week
Pen-and-ink drawings of the 35 student victims will be on display in the Panasci Lounge, located on the third floor of the Schine Student Center. Candid posters of the victims will be displayed in buildings throughout campus.

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 the 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.

Remembrance Scholars will visit classes around the Syracuse University campus to educate fellow students about the tragedy. Education sessions will be presented Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Schine Student Center Atrium.

A Remembrance Week Pop-Up Museum, with information about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and Remembrance Week activities, will be located on the Einhorn Family Walk, outside of the Schine Student Center all week.

Hendricks Chapel and the Hall of Languages will be lit in blue during Remembrance Week.

The Remembrance Week schedule includes:
Sunday, Oct. 22
A candlelight vigil will begin at Hendricks Chapel at 7 p.m., as part of the chapel’s weekly Dean’s Convocation, and proceed to the Wall of Remembrance, where the names of the 35 Syracuse University student victims will be read.

Monday, Oct. 23
A panel discussion on “Media and Terrorism” will be held at 7 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. Charisse L’Pree, assistant professor of communications in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, will moderate a conversation surrounding how terrorism is portrayed in the media.

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Acts of Kindness will take place across the Syracuse University campus.

Wednesday, Oct. 25
Fred Carranti, associate professor of practice in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a 1991-92 Remembrance Scholar, will moderate a panel discussion on “Challenging Narratives of Terrorism” beginning at 7 p.m. in Shemin Auditorium in the Shaffer Art Building.

Thursday, Oct. 26
Selections from the Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives will be on display in the Spector Room, 608 Bird Library, from 1-5 p.m.

A Celebration of Life Open Mic Night, honoring the Pan Am 103 victims through the artistic talents of current scholars and students, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Lounge in the Schine Student Center.

Friday, Oct. 27
Selections from the Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives will be on display in the Spector Room, 608 Bird Library, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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 2017-18 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars, will be held at 3 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel.

For information on Remembrance Week activities, visit or SURemember on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.