New York skyline with World Trade Center. Text overlay reads 9/11 at 20 Years: A Forensic Retrospective. September 9-10, 2021. The 20th Annual Forensic Science and Law Symposium.

The Annual Symposium

9/11 at 20 Years: A Forensic Retrospective

September 9-10, 2021

Like a pandemic or the assassination of a beloved president, the events of 9/11 divided the world's perceptions of reality into a Before and an After. All of us, of a certain age, remember precisely where we were and what we were doing when that day's cataclysm struck, and struck again, and then yet again, shattering and reshaping core assumptions about national security and our very civilization.

In the two decades since, we have learned much, not only about the perpetrators and their motivations, but also about how to investigate and address mass disasters on the scale of what befell lower Manhattan, the Pentagon and a farmer's field in southwestern Pennsylvania that day. From evidence collection to DNA identification to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and beyond, our only consolation to the thousands of lives lost on 9/11 is the body of knowledge and understanding gained by our collective pursuit of truth and justice in the following years.

Please join us on Thursday and Friday, September 9-10, 2021, as the Institute resumes on-campus activity for its 20th Annual Forensic Science and Law Symposium. Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Forensic and clinical psychiatrist Dr. Richard Adler, founder of The PTSD Institute
  • CMU Professor Jay Aronson, author of Who Owns the Dead? The Science and Politics of Death at Ground Zero
  • Former FBI Special Agents Roy Cavan and Andrea Dammann, who headed the Evidence Response Team in Shanksville
  • Clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Allan D. Pass, director of National Behavioral Science Consultants
  • DNA scientists Dr. Mark Perlin and Dr. Rhonda Roby, who assisted with the identification of human remains collected at the World Trade Center
  • Carlow University Professor of Social Work Dr. Sheila Roth, a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management team in Shanksville
  • Former FBI Special Agent Samuel Simon, who had responsibility for evidence collection at the Pentagon
  • Scott Warnasch, former chief forensic archaeologist for the New York City Medical Examiner's Office
  • Institute namesake Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, a forensic pathology consultant on a civil case pertaining to health issues among a group of first responders


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