CUSS Newsletter, Vol 31, No 3
This edition of the CUSS Newsletter marks the end of my almost 20 years of serving as an editor. In 2001 I responded to a call for an editor from then-Chair Barrett Lee. He contacted me on what seemed to be a typical Tuesday morning that I was to be co-editor with Jennifer Stoloff at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
However, that Tuesday was anything but ordinary. On WCBS the announcers were complaining about how poorly the Giants played in the previous evening’s Monday Night Football Game. Then, during the weather report, the announcer mentioned that there appeared to be a small plane near the World Trade Center. By the time I walked from my research job with the Yale Medical School to Lindsey-Chittenden Hall to teach Sociological Imagination, the introductory course, to a large lecture hall of undergraduates, things had changed drastically. The musicology professor who taught before my class always ran late. So, when I walked into the auditorium, he had on the overhead with live tv coverages showing the maps of Washington, D.C. I had developed for the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) of the Monumental Core area between the White House and U.S. Capitol. Secret Service agents ran through the building pulling then-undergraduate Barbara Bush out of L-C. Yale officials asked us to send the undergraduates back to their residential colleges. They asked us to volunteer to go over to Yale-New Haven Hospital, a designated center in case of a major disaster in New York, to assist with triage for what they thought would be incoming victims. Within hours Yale officials sent us home since no one would be arriving for treatments. We had no idea how significant that day would be on so many levels.