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Former 9/11 Commission Chair Tom Kean to speak at Georgian Court University

GCU Remembers, Reflects on September 11 with Series of Events and Activities

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 6, 2011—Former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean, who also led the historic 9/11 Commission, will speak on Tuesday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Georgian Court University’s historic Casino in Lakewood. His remarks come as the United States marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

“Georgian Court joins the nation in remembering those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and we honor those heroes who responded by sacrificing their own well-being to help others,” says GCU President Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D. “We are pleased to welcome former Governor Kean as we reflect on the progress our country has made in the last 10 years and discuss the global and political realities that still face America.”

The former governor, who was tapped in 2002 by then-President George W. Bush to lead the 9/11 Commission, has continued to be vocal about security threats and our nation’s need for increased preparedness. In recent weeks, he joined former commission members to issue a 10-year anniversary report card on issues ranging from intelligence gathering and federal agency interaction to matters of aviation and technology.

Former Governor Kean’s appearance, which is free and open to the public, is one of several GCU events and activities planned in recognition of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The schedule includes:

Friday, September 9
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.  Labyrinth Activity: Reflecting on the Losses of 9/11
McAuley Heritage Center, Sponsored by the GCU Counseling Center

Sunday, September 11
5:00 p.m.          Mass Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel, Sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry

Monday, September 12
2:00–3:30 pm   Open Forum to Discuss 9/11
Casino Ballroom, Sponsored by the GCU Counseling Center

7:30 p.m.        Candlelight Vigil
Peace Pole

Tuesday, September 13
7:00 p.m.        Life after 9/11 Roundtable
Panel discussion moderated by former NYPD Det. Lt. Robert Louden, Ph.D., GCU Director and Professor of Criminal Justice
Little Theatre

Tuesday, September 20
7:00 p.m.        Thomas Kean, Chair of the 9/11 Commission and Former NJ Governor
Casino Auditorium

The West & Islam before 9/11/2001:
An Overview of War and Insurgency in the Middle East Using “Reel” History
Friday, September 16  Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Friday, September 23  The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Friday, September 30  Black Hawk Down (2001)
All films start at 6:00 pm in GCU’s Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus. Admission is free, but reservations are required due to limited space.

For information on these and other events, contact the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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