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.

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

Remembrance Events

Before Remembrance Week

Friday, October 4

Hurricane Dorian Relief Fundraiser in collaboration with Caribbean Student Association and the Jerk Hut, Pick-up location – Corner of College Place and University Place

Thursday, October 10

Remembrance SoulTalk on Grief, Resilience, and Trauma, Barnes Center at the Arch – Room 304, 7-8 p.m.

Week of October 14

Informational hours at the Place of Remembrance in front of Hall of Languages, Flexible times, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Remembrance Week – October 20-26, 2019

Sunday, October 20

Candlelight Vigil in collaboration with Hendricks Chapel’s weekly Music and Message will begin at the Chapel at 4 p.m., followed by a dinner in the Noble Room at 5 p.m. Attendees will proceed to the Place of Remembrance at 6:15 p.m. for a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103 and all victims of terrorism.

Monday, October 21

Ribbon tying in the Orange Grove, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

“Terror in the Digital Age” panel discussion, Watson Theater, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 22

Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars will sit in the 35 Empty Seats display for 35 minutes in memory of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103. Shaw Quadrangle, 1:28-2:03 p.m.

Wednesday, October 23

Mirror Me display, Shaw Quadrangle, All day

“All-American Terrorism” panel discussion, Gifford Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 24

“Open Archives,” selections from the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives will be available to view, Spector Room – Bird Library 608, 1-4 p.m.

Celebration of Life performance night honoring the Pan Am 103 victims through the artistic talents of current scholars and students. Slocum Auditorium, doors open at 7 p.m., program begins 7:30-9 p.m.

Friday, October 25

“Open Archives,” selections from the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives will be available to view, Spector Room – Bird Library 608, 9 a.m-12 p.m.

Rose-Laying Ceremony, to remember the Syracuse study abroad students killed in the Pan Am 103 bombing. Place of Remembrance, located in front of the Hall of Languages, 2:03 p.m.

Remembrance Scholar Convocation, honoring the 2019-2020 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars. Hendricks Chapel, 3 p.m. A reception will follow in the lobby of the Heroy Geology Building at 4 p.m.

Throughout the Week

Pledge to Remember in collaboration with Hendricks Chapel Office of Engagement Programs, The Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service, and the Renée Crown University Honors Program. Members of the campus community are encouraged to pledge 35 hours of service to a local organization in the spirit of the Remembrance Scholar motto: Look Back, Act Forward. Complete the registration form.

35 Empty Seats on the Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle. Created by the 2012 Remembrance Scholars, the 35 Empty Seats juxtapose the visual representation of the 35 students lost with good deeds inscribed upon the chairs. The exhibition is meant to serve as a reminder of how a loss in the past can inspire positive actions in the present.

Pen-and-ink drawings and candid posters of the 35 Syracuse University study abroad student victims will be on display in buildings throughout campus.

Hall of Languages will be lit in blue.