As emergency crews haul away rubble and CNN anchors report on airport closures and FBI investigations, the Yale community continues to grieve and reflect.
The University and student organizations are planning a variety of events this weekend, from prayer vigils to concerts, to commemorate Tuesday’s tragedy.
The Muslim Students Association and Yale Hillel are jointly sponsoring a vigil Friday at 5 p.m. on Cross Campus.
Karen Gluck ’03, one of Hillel’s co-presidents, said the event is an opportunity for the Jewish and Muslim communities on campus to stand together for peace.
“This isn’t political,” Gluck said. “This is really something that is affecting everyone. We want to show we are all feeling the same thing.”
Gluck said the event will include Muslim students reading portions of the Torah and Jewish students reading from the Quran.
Saturday, the Yale Concert Band will present a concert at 2 p.m. on Beinecke Plaza titled, “A Celebration of Life.”
The song list includes “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” and a special arrangement of the Yale anthem “Bright College Years.”
“It’s a really wonderful program — to bring the community together,” Dean of Student Affairs Betty Trachtenberg said.
The hour-long event will also include remarks by members of Yale’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities.
Events continue Sunday with a panel moderated by Yale College Dean Richard Brodhead at 7 p.m. in Battell Chapel.
Panelists include history professor Abbas Amanat, sociology professor Deborah Davis, history professor Paul Kennedy, Law School professor Harold Koh, Yale Council for International and Area Studies director Gustav Ranis and Strobe Talbott, former deputy secretary of state and director of Yale’s new Center for the Study of Globalization.
Now that the passage of several days has replaced initial shock with questions about the significance of Tuesday’s events, Brodhead said this weekend is the appropriate time for this discussion.
“We all understood that academic discussion is not the first response to these events,” Brodhead said. “At the same time, this is an educational establishment, and it was our thought that we might try to bring some academic intelligence to bear on these events and their meaning.”
Brodhead said each member of the panel will speak for several minutes and after he asks the panelists some questions the floor will open for questions from the audience.
“It seems to me a valuable contribution to this moment,” Brodhead said.
Throughout the weekend, University chaplains and campus ministers will be on call. The University Chaplain’s office said those who may want to contact a chaplain include students who have learned of the death of a family member or friend, are awaiting news about someone, are feeling lonely or are struggling with spiritual or moral questions.
The Dwight Hall Chapel will be open from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday night and from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday as a space for prayer, reflection, mediation and conversation.