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We are dedicated to sharing the stories of 9/11.

At the 9/11 Tribute Center, programs highlight unique and personal perspectives on the attacks, the recovery, the rebuilding, and 9/11’s impact on the world in which we live.

These events are offered free to the general public and often take place at the 9/11 Tribute Center.

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Upcoming Events


“In Session with Dr. Mark Lerner,”
Benefiting the 9/11 Tribute Center

Premieres September 5 and 7
White Plains Performing Arts Center

Reality Theatre Productions™ presents, “In Session with Dr. Mark Lerner” featuring firefighter Bobby Senn, directed by Jeremy Quinn.

“In Session,” featuring firefighter Bobby Senn, marks the inception of Reality Theatre Productions. It is an auspicious production in which Dr. Lerner presents as a psychologist and speaker. Bobby Senn presents as a patient and speaker who shares his story as a New York City Firefighter who survived the attacks of September 11th. He discusses his recovery with psychologist, Dr. Lerner. This premier production features a special appearance by Broadway actor, David Gabriel Lerner (AEA).
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Tickets are $30 per adult, $20 for students.


Journalists and 9/11

Photo courtesy of David Handschuh
Monday, September 8 at 6:30 pm
Pace University Student Union, 1 Pace Plaza, NY, NY

Presented in collaboration with Pace University, this journalists on this panel will recount the harrowing moments when they both lived through and reported on the attacks of 9/11 in New York City.

What stories did they cover in 2001, and what elements of those stories have endured in our interpretation of history? Which photographs have become iconic and what aspects of the story do these images etch into our cultural memory?

  • Phil Hirschkorn (former producer at CBS Evening News and New Bureau Producer at CNN)
  • Mitch Stephens (Professor of Journalism, NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and author of A History of News, an extended history of journalism that has been translated into four languages and was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.
  • Allison Gilbert (Contributor, and the Daily Beast and author of Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children)
  • Andrew Kirtzman (former NY 1and  WCBS TV Political Reporter who was with Mayor Giuliani on September 11, 2001, Author of biography Rudy Giuliani: Emperor of the City)
  • David Handschuh (former NY Daily News photographer injured while covering the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11 and Professor, NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute)
  • Richard Drew (AP photographer who took  September 11th photograph that became known as “Falling Man”)

This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended at

Survivors Speak

Monday, September 29 at 6:30 pm
Two survivors from the World Trade Center, a psychiatrist and a business consultant reflect on what it takes to move forward as an individual and as a community after disaster.

Rebuilding the FDNY

Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30
Former Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Chief of Department Edward Kilduff discuss the traditions and the innovations that played a role in rebuilding the Fire Department after 9/11.

Highlighted Previous Events

Search and Rescue Dogs at the World Trade Center event

Search and Rescue Dogs at the World Trade Center

Photo courtesy Stephanie E. Santana for the Tribeca Trib
February 9, 2014
Officer Robert McArdle and Clancy of the NYPD Transit Police K-9 Unit recounts his work with his 2 canine partners during the recovery at the site.

102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers event

102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

September 30, 2013
Authors Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn discuss the researching and writing of their book.

MOTH storytelling presentation May 2013 event

MOTH Storytelling Presentations

May 8, 2013
9/11 Tribute Center Tour Guides Katie McDonnell, Rita Pearl, Caitlin Langone, Jim Giaccone, and Cheryl Fields tell their 9/11 stories at a MOTH storytelling program.

Little Syria: Lower Manhattan Before the World Trade Center event

“Little Syria”: Lower Manhattan Before the World Trade Center

April 30, 2013
Author Linda Jacobs shows photographs of the neighborhood south of the World Trade Center which was known as “Little Syria” in the late 1800s – the 1940s.

Stories from the Front: Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan Read their Writing event

Stories from the Front: Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan Read their Writing

November 19, 2012
Army Vet Brandon Caro, participant in NYU Creative Writing Program’s Veterans’ Writing Workshop, shares his work at this event.

Sadako's Crane Dedication event

Sadako’s Crane Dedication

May 3, 2010
Yuji Sasaki and Masahiro Sasaki greet author Eleonor Coerr who wrote Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

Women at Ground Zero event

Women at Ground Zero

March 23, 2010
Brenda Berkman, Retired FDNY Captain, signs copies of Women at Ground Zero, at a talk by the book’s co-author Mary Carouba, NYPD Lieutenant Terry Tobin, and Firefighter Regina Wilson.

Pilgrimage to the World Trade Center Site: A Multifaith Perspective event

Pilgrimage to the World Trade Center Site: A Multifaith Perspective

December 7, 2008
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Rev. Kevin Madigan, Imam Khalid Latif, Rev. T.K. Nakagaki, and Rev. Chloe Breyer discuss the impulse to bear witness and pray at the site.

Dreaming the Impossible with Guy Tozzoli and Philippe Petit event

Dreaming the Impossible

November 18, 2007
Guy Tozzoli, who worked with the Port Authority to build the World Trade Center, and highwire artist Philippe Petit reminisce about their encounter in August 1974.

Songs of Tribute with PS 22 Chorus event

Songs of Tribute

October 18, 2007
Students from PS 22 Chorus perform songs of tribute to September 11th.