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After 9/11 class debate, mobile museum with WTC artifcacts makes stop at UNC

Posted September 22, 2015

— A month after a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill complained about the content of a course focused on the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, artifacts from the World Trade Center are on display at the Chapel Hill campus.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which is named for a firefighter killed on 9/11, brought its "9/11 Never Forget" mobile museum to UNC's campus this week.

John Hodge, Siller's cousin and the chief operating officer of the foundation, said he decided to come to UNC after learning about the controversy surrounding a "Literature of 9/11" course.

Freshman student Alec Dent wrote an article about the course in August, claiming that the seminar {{ a href="story-14867305"}}course sympathizes with terrorists.{{/a}}

Hodge said the exhibit is a way for students to learn about the sacrifices of first responders who were called to the World Trade Center towers that day.

"For those touring today, if they walk out with nothing else, I want them to know that on Sept. 11, 2001, red-blooded, true blue Americans walked the face of this earth that day and were true heroes," he said.

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and several first responders toured the exhibit Tuesday. The museum is in the Hanes lot next to Memorial Hall, and admission is free.

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  • Anne Havisham Sep 22, 2015
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    I don't remember a debate or a controversy; I remember someone who was not in the class complaining, but he had never taken the class, did not interview any (former) students in the class, and did not do the readings, and had based his "opinion" (and I use the term loosely) on the titles from the reading list.

    It is my hope that the complainant has learned something about how journalism is actually supposed to work.

    It is also my hope that the exhibition helps people acknowledge even a little of the compassion and courage that can and do exist in the human spirit.