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Speaker to discuss spontaneous 9/11 commemorations

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 4, 2004 -- Edward S. Casey, leading professor of philosophy at State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook , will discuss the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001 at the University of Rhode Island on April 1. In particular, Casey will talk about the spontaneously constructed and enacted memorials that were created just after the terrorist attacks.

His talk, "Public Memory in Time and Place: Commemorating Disaster in the Wake of 9/11," is the URI Foundation and Honors Program 2004 Distinguished Address. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Chafee Auditorium, room 271 of the Chafee Social Sciences Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Casey will examine how conflicted or tragic occurrences are memorialized from the ground up by those who are most directly affected by these events, before state-sanctioned forms of official commemoration usurp the stage, as in post-9/11 New York City's projected construction of the Freedom Towers and the "Reflecting Absence" memorial.

An author of multiple works, Casey, during the 1990s, turned to the philosophical question of conceptualization and the significance of place in his books Getting Back Into Place (1993), The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History (1996), and Representing Place in Landscape Paintings and Maps (2002).