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Vol 56 No. 12 | Oct. 2004
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‘GROUND ZERO' Exhibit Opens Oct. 11

The Odyssey Project and German Studies Program at CSULB will present an exhibition of 28 works on papers titled “GROUND ZERO September 11th , 2001 – World Trade Center – New York City” beginning Monday, Oct. 11, in the campus' Design Gallery. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run through Friday, Oct. 22.

The exhibit is the work of professor Rudolf Knubel from the University of Duisburg-Essen, who has twice been a visiting Fulbright Scholar at Cal State Long Beach and has also presented special lectures on the campus. He dedicated the exhibit to the victims of 9/11 and their families.

“I remember 9/11 being a Tuesday…We turned on the set and there it was: in gleaming sunlight, the burning North Tower with its significant red and white antenna partly clouded up in smoke…” Knubel recalled as he described how the exhibit came into being. “I had trouble believing what I was seeing. The impression exceeded anything I had seen before.

“The day after 9/11, I started to collect images of the catastrophe at the World Trade Center in New York City from newspapers. In the course of the following months, the pile of clippings grew to threatening dimensions, figuratively speaking.” he added. “My intention to work with them evolved in that moment.”

The exhibition will be the background for a discussion on the topic of 9-11 at an Odyssey course symposium between Knubel and students on Monday, Oct. 18, and will be followed at 2 p.m. by a roundtable discussion on “9-11: European and American Perspectives” in the campus' Karl Anatol Center. The discussion will bring together journalists and media representatives from the Los Angeles region and from Europe.

For more information about the exhibit, call the CSULB Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures at 562/985-4317.

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