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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.
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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.