Public Engagement

August 24, 2021

  • 2021 |

Wallace House is continuing to team with partners across campus to bring conversations into the virtual public space this semester. Mark your calendars and get ready to join us online.

Upcoming Events, Fall 2021:

Beth Fertig and Aisha Sultan

Covering 9/11: How the attacks shaped our world today

With Beth Fertig and Aisha Sultan

Thursday, September 9, 2021

4 p.m. ET

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It’s been 20 years since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the world we live in is still shaped in many ways by the events of that day. Join the Ford School and Wallace House for a special retrospective on 9/11 with journalists Beth Fertig of WNYC and Aisha Sultan, a nationally syndicated columnist, who has written about the U.S. Muslim experience, in a post-9/11, post-Trump America. Lynette Clemetson, Director of Wallace House, will moderate the conversation. 

Beth Fertig is a senior reporter at WNYC. She is currently covering New York City’s economic recovery from the pandemic. Since starting her career at WNYC in 1995, she has reported on immigration, public education, 9/11, and city politics.

Beth has won many local and national awards, including the prestigious Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism for her series of reports in 2001 about an effort to privatize some struggling city schools. She won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and a Gracie Award for her coverage on family separation and changes in asylum law. The New York Press Club gave her a special award after the 2001 terrorist attacks for a profile on the friendship of two WTC survivors.

Beth is a New York City native who discovered her love for journalism at The Michigan Daily, her college newspaper at the University of Michigan. She also has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio.

Aisha Sultan is a nationally syndicated columnist and award-winning filmmaker and features writer. Her work has run in more than a hundred publications. She has won several national honors, including the Asian American Journalists Association “Excellence in Written Journalism” award for her coverage of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Her work explores social change with an emphasis on education, families and inequality.  She teaches college writing at Washington University and speaks at conferences, universities and training events. Her essay on being a Muslim in this country during 9/11 and the ensuing 20 years was published in the September 1, 2021 issue of Newsweek.

This conversation will be moderated by Lynette Clemetson, Director of Wallace House.

This event is a Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture and part of the Policy Talks at The Ford School event series, co-sponsored by Wallace House.