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Upcoming Public Programs

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s public programs explore a range of topics reflecting on the ongoing impacts and continued resonance of the attacks, their historical context, and their aftermath.


Forensic Science in the Wake of Mass Atrocity

Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 p.m.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) was tasked with identifying the remains of those who had been killed at the World Trade Center – work which remains unfinished 22 years after the attacks. To discuss the OCME’s continuing commitment to this effort, Assistant Director of Forensic Biology at the OCME, Mark Desire is joined by WTC Anthropologist, Jennifer K. Odien, and Criminalist IV at the OCME, Carl D. Gajewski. Together, in conversation with Museum Director, Clifford Chanin, they discuss their work, how it has helped facilitate and been aided by advancements in DNA identification technology, and how this project has assisted in the identification of victims of mass atrocities and disasters around the world. 

Intersections: Marking Fifty Years of Hip Hop & the WTC

Thursday, October 12, 2023, 6:00 p.m.
Intersections examines the often-surprising connections between 9/11 and today’s world. From global industries to individual lives, the attacks marked a fundamental shift for many, altering trajectories in ways both expected and unforeseen. These programs explore these shifts and make visible 9/11's continuing legacy.

Amid one of New York City’s most tumultuous decades, 1973 saw the dedication of the World Trade Center and the birth of Hip Hop. As we look at 9/11's often-surprising impacts across culture, we mark this twin milestone fifty years later with Dr. MC Debbie D, Hip Hop historian and pioneer MC; Chuck Creekmur, CEO of; and Rocky Bucano, Executive Director of the Universal Hip Hop Museum. Together in conversation with Museum Director Clifford Chanin, they reflect on the history of Hip Hop, how the genre has evolved in a post-9/11 world, and how New York City and its ever-changing skyline influenced the artistic movement that now spans the globe.

Through the fifth annual 9/11 Memorial & Museum Summit on Security, presented by Fiserv, public programs in 2023 are made possible by Bloomberg, as well as Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., Morgan Stanley, and Underwriter Laboratories Inc.