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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Michael Arad, architect and designer of "Reflecting Absence," the memorial to be built on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City, will deliver remarks at Dartmouth's Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m.
Arad, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 1991, will address an audience consisting primarily of the incoming Class of 2008 to officially open the College's 235th year. President James Wright will deliver the main address, and Julia Hildreth, a member of the Class of 2005 and Student Body President, also will speak.
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Leede Arena in the John W. Berry Sports Center. The traditional community cookout hosted by President Wright and Susan DeBevoise Wright will follow the Convocation exercises. The cookout will be held on Tuck Mall (Thayer Dining Hall in the event of rain) from noon until 2 p.m.
"Michael Arad is an extremely talented young architect who is working on the most consequential memorial of our time," said Wright. "His sensitivity and understanding will provide the world with a means to remember and to reflect on the terrible losses of 9/11. Dartmouth is proud of him and we are extremely pleased that he will join us to help open the new academic year."
Arad's "Reflecting Absence" design will memorialize victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack and of the 1993 terrorist bombing of the Twin Towers. Arad, who grew up in Israel, the United States and Mexico, graduated from Dartmouth after having served in the Israeli military. He received a master's degree in architecture from Georgia Tech's College of Architecture. He moved to New York City in 1999 and worked as an architect at Kohn Pedersen Fox for three years. He recently joined the firm of Handel Architects as a partner.
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