The Responders Remember library partnership program is a coordinated effort between the Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program and local Long Island libraries. Serving more than 8,000 responders in the area, Stony Brook WTC Wellness sees firsthand the ongoing ramifications of 9/11 and the subsequent rescue and recovery efforts. We’re committed to providing this programming as an educational resource and forum for the public to learn about the unique and personal experiences of WTC responders—from NYPD and FDNY to construction workers, iron workers, and volunteer firefighters, so many of whom were from our own communities.
We are thrilled to partner with area libraries to adapt programming that suits their needs. Available features include:
A representative from the Program to introduce the event and answer questions
Video vignettes of interviews with WTC responders from our ongoing oral history project and our documentary, 9/11: An American Requiem
Access to We’re Not Leaving, a powerful collection of 36 first-person responder narratives
Q&A with a responder(s) featured in the documentary or book
Responders Remember is an excellent, interactive source of information for the general public and students who are interested in understanding how ordinary people from all walks of life (not just limited to law enforcement and rescue) respond to tragedies like 9/11. Like the media we’ve produced through the Remembering 9/11 Oral History Project, our library partnerships thrive on the candid, evocative, and inspiring nature of the stories being told. We’ve had the pleasure of working with many local librarians to create special events, both around the anniversary of 9/11 and at other times during the year.
To find out more about planning an event at your local library, contact us by clicking here.
The Remembering 9/11 teaching unit was created to give educators a resource for incorporating this essential part of history into their lesson plans, whether through language arts, history, political science, or other subject matters. Children coming of age in this post-9/11 world are too young to remember the event, and thus often do not have a clear understanding of its ongoing impact on our world.
In collaborating with educators to develop curriculums that meet their needs, our program has identified three broad goals:
- Educate students, particularly those who are too young to remember 9/11 but mature enough to be educated about the event itself and its lasting social, psychological, and physical impacts, and encourage them to think about it critically from various angles
- Inform students and their communities about resources for those who were/are affected by 9/11, as mental and physical health issues continue to exist and be discovered
- Encourage the institution of teaching 9/11 in schools, particularly in the New York tristate area
This program is an endeavor that grows with each passing year. We are now proud to offer educators a fully realized standalone unit free of charge. This high school level unit encourages students to ask thoughtful questions and analyze sources as empathetic historians. Lessons plans include thematic analysis of readings; comparing and contrasting September 11th with other major historical events; class debates; crafting written arguments; creating a narrative through interview; and more. This educational unit fosters critical thinking and writing skills, creativity, and encourages analytical exploration of many topics. The unit includes Common Core standards met for each lesson; sample student work; connections to other subjects and projects; and a plethora of other material to ensure that implementing it in one’s classroom is not only simple, but successful.
We consider making 9/11 education available a vital component of our broader goals. In addition to the teaching unit and multimedia materials available for use, we offer an invaluable and singular opportunity for students to speak directly with 9/11 responders from all backgrounds—law enforcement, fire rescue, construction, medical professionals, and others. Witnessing how such education has shifted perspectives, opened new avenues of thought, and fostered a sense of civic duty in our youth has only increased our drive to help educators implement these kinds of curricula into their larger lesson plans.
Please check back soon for downloadable lessons plans, or contact us by clicking here.
This medical school-level elective course was created by Dr. Benjamin Luft at Stony Brook University School of Medicine through the Medicine in Contemporary Society (MCS) subprogram, which is part of a larger effort to integrate the social sciences and humanities into the medical school curriculum. Using a multidimensional approach, this class helps future clinicians understand the development and treatment of various physical and emotional health conditions caused by exposure at the WTC site through the lens of narrative medicine. Indeed, it was in the pilot semester that Dr. Luft and colleagues began work on creating The Remembering 9/11 Oral History Project.
Drawing on decades of clinical expertise and specialized treatment of 9/11 responders, Dr. Luft has crafted a core syllabus that addresses the following critical topics:
How the WTC post-disaster environment contributed to physical and emotional health risks for responders
How students should incorporate various factors into evaluations of WTC-related illness—and how these issues impact the responders and the course of their illnesses
Why a narrative medicine approach is essential for understanding the complexity of WTC-related illnesses
While examining these issues from the perspectives of patient, physician, and even affected family members, the course has also been adapted over time to address concerns newly identified as time progresses. Multimedia resources include first person narrative videos that address the range of WTC disaster effects, from the micro—personal health and spirituality impacts—to the macro—legal and sociopolitical consequences. The course has also developed a webinar and social media component, making it more interactive and expanding its reach to individuals outside the classroom. Explorative, analytical, and engaging, An Anatomy of a Healthcare Disaster is essential in a world where practicing clinicians will need to address toxic and traumatic disasters.