Look Back, Act Forward

Each year in the fall, Syracuse University observes Remembrance Week.  Events are designed by the Remembrance Scholars whose goal is to raise campus and community awareness of terrorism and to encourage the entire Syracuse University community to honor the 35 Syracuse University study abroad students and all the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing by becoming involved and working to positively impact others.

As our campus and community looks back on a senseless tragedy, we find comfort and meaning in remembering the lives and passions of those who lost their lives on December 21, 1988 and especially in acting – on their behalf – to make the communities we live in better.

For information about past Remembrance Week events, please contact the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives.

Remembrance Week

October 17-23, 2021

This page will continue to be updated as event information becomes available.

All Week

35 Empty Seats Display, Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle 

The 35 Empty Seats are the visual representation of the 35 Syracuse University students lost aboard Pan Am Flight 103. The exhibition is meant to serve as a reminder of how a loss in the past can inspire positive actions in the present.

Remembering Through Multimedia, Schine Student Center Atrium

A video wall display with a variety of content including videos from alumni, statements from current scholars, news coverage from Remembrance events and photo slideshows.

A Drive to Remember, drop-off in Schine Student Center Room 232

The scholars, in partnership with InterfaithWorks, are hosting a drive to collect seasonally appropriate new and recycled clothing to benefit Afghan refugees in Syracuse. Items may be dropped off now until Oct. 22 at 232 Schine or in dean’s offices. For more information, contact Abigail Tick at

The Hall of Languages and Hendricks Chapel will be lit in blue.

Sunday, Oct. 17

Music and Message, Hendricks Chapel, 4 p.m.

Candlelight Vigil, Place of Remembrance, 6:15 p.m.

The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars will commence Remembrance Week activities with a Music and Message collaboration with Hendricks Chapel at 4 p.m. that addresses themes of hope, resilience and action in the face of tragedy. The evening will conclude with a Remembrance Candlelight Vigil at the Place of Remembrance at 6:15 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 18

“Sitting in Solidarity.” Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle, Noon

The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars will sit in 35 empty chairs on the Quad for 35 minutes. The seats will be arranged in the formation of the seats on the plane that the 35 students they represent were sitting in.

Screening of “IMPACT,” Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (room 114), Bird Library, 7 p.m.

An original work by Amy Engelhardt ’87. IMPACT tells the story of a chain of remarkable “follow-signs” that lead playwright Amy Engelhardt to Lockerbie, Scotland shortly after the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. What starts out as a bucket-list trip quickly evolves into a personal and global exploration of grace, kindness, and simplicity. An open discussion with Engelhardt and Remembrance Scholar Caleb Sheedy will follow the screening.

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Screening of “Seat 20D,” Gifford Auditorium, Huntington Beard Crouse Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The documentary tells the story of Suse Lowenstein, mother of Syracuse University student and Pan Am 103 victim Alexander Lowenstein, and “Dark Elegy,” the sculpture collections she created as a memorial to all victims of terrorism.

Thursday, Oct. 21

Celebration of Life, Schine 304 A, B and C, 7:30-9 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.)

An evening of music, poetry, art, dancing and more to honor the victims of Pan Am 103 and to celebrate life alongside the victims’ families and the current scholars.

Friday, Oct. 22

Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives Pop-Up Exhibition, Hillyer Room (room 606), Bird Library, 10 a.m. to noon

This pop-up exhibition will include selections highlight the Archives’ holdings related to the Dec. 21, 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, its aftermath, and the lives and legacies of the victims. Selections include contemporary media coverage of the disaster; records of the investigation, trial, and victims’ services; materials related to Syracuse University memorials; and examples of the types of personal belongings that have been donated by victims’ families. The pop-up exhibition is open to the public. For more information, contact

Rose-Laying Ceremony, Place of Remembrance, 2:03 p.m.

This annual ceremony honors the 270 people, including 35 student studying abroad through Syracuse University, who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The ceremony also honors 2002-03 Lockerbie Scholar Andrew McClune, who died in 2002. The ceremony will be livestreamed. Registration is required to join the livestream. Please visit this link to register.

Remembrance Scholar Convocation, Hendricks Chapel, 3 p.m.

This annual convocation will honor the 2021-22 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars. The ceremony will be livestreamed. Registration is required to join the livestream. Please visit this link to register.

Post-Remembrance Week Activities

Following Remembrance Week, two Remembrance events will be held during Orange Central

Friday, Oct. 29

Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars Alumni Gathering, Noble Room Hendricks Chapel, 4:30-6 p.m.

Register here.

Race to Remember, 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race (check-in table at the Schine Student Center on the Einhorn Family Walk)

A 3.5-mile fun run, roll or stroll. Proceeds from this event will support the Remembrance Scholarship Fund. Register here.