WATCH: A discussion on 9/11: Two Decades Later with Jon Meacham, Samar Ali and Ganesh Sitaraman
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In remembrance of the 20th Anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy hosted a virtual discussion of “9/11: Two Decades Later” with Vanderbilt historians and scholars, featuring:
- Samar Ali, Research Professor of Political Science and Law and Co-Chair, the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy
- Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian and biographer, Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in American Presidency, and co-chair, the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy;
- Ganesh Sitaraman, New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law at Vanderbilt and scholar of constitutional law, the regulatory state, economic policy, democracy and foreign affairs.
FURTHER READING on the events and aftermath of the events of 9/11, recommended by the panelists:
- The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett Graff, journalist, historian and director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity and technology program
- Ghost Wars by Steve Coll, former managing editor of The Washington Post, on pre-9/11 CIA’s involvement in the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and gave rise to bin Laden’s al Qaeda
- Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny by Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize winner for economics and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University
- The Forever War by Dexter Filkins, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and foreign correspondent for The New York Times
- The 9/11 Commission Report from the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
- Any history of the passengers of Flight 93: History Channel
- Bush at War, Plan of Attack, Obama’s Wars, a selection of books from Bob Woodward, Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist for The Washington Post.