A day that changed the world


Mark Randol Cropped Photo

Lifelong Learning kicks off its 2021-2022 Premier Lecture Series with an insider’s insights into the world’s deadliest terrorist attack, known as 9/11,and the ramifications of its aftermathThe lecture will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10, in the Renaissance Theater.

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people perished in the multi-pronged attack. In the space of 102 minutes, two hijacked commercial airliners struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; another struck the Defense Department’s headquarters at the Pentagon in northern Virginia, and a fourth crashed into the ground at full speed outside

After 9/11, the United States went to war against the Taliban in Afghanistan – the longest war in U.S. history.  An invasion of Iraq followed, resulting in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. A brutal, jihadist, terrorist campaign ensued, engulfing the Middle East and striking as far away as Europe and the U.S.

In response, the U.S. government completed the largest restructuring of its national security apparatus since World War II.  A new cabinet department responsible for homeland security was created, incorporating 22 separate federal agencies and one new one - the Transportation Security Administration - now in charge of securing American transportation, including civil aviation.  Billions of dollars have been spent on the homeland-security enterprise. Congress has expanded the government’s investigative and intelligence-collection authorities, sparking controversy for some,in an effort to prevent or disrupt terrorist plotting. The overall effort to counter jihadist terrorism has been strong, but imperfect.

Premier lecturer Mark Randol, who worked as a civil aviation security field office manager for the Federal Aviation Administration on Sept. 11, 2001, had a unique vantage point for the dramatic events on that day.  Randol will provide a brief overview of the attacks, including some little-known facts and statistics.  In addition, he will summarize the U.S. government’s response, covering three past presidential administrations, and conclude with observations about how the attacks have profoundly changed America.

Admission to all Premier Lectures is $15 per person and can be purchased online or with cash in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater one hour prior to the lecture, subject to availability. Up to four admissions can be purchased in one transaction.

For online purchases, on the day before the event, a QR code ticket will be emailed to each person registered.  The QR code ticket is a personal code for each person registered and the printed ticket(s) are required for admittance. Bring the printed tickets with you for admittance.


DATE / TIME:  Friday, Sept. 10,  7 - 8:30 p.m.

COST:  $15


For more information:

Bergen, Peter.  The Longest War:  The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda.  New York:  Free Press, 2011.
Greenberg, Karen J. Rogue Justice:  The Making of the Security State.  New York:  Crown Publishers, 2016
Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower:  Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 2007

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.  The 9/11 Commission Report, July 22, 2004