International Freedom Center

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The International Freedom Center "is envisioned as an integral part of the living memorial to September 11 at the World Trade Center site. It shares the mission of the World Trade Center Memorial to ensure that "the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance, and intolerance."" [1]




Planning Committee


Scholars and Advisors

International Perspective

  • Timothy Garton Ash - Director of the European Studies Centre at St. Antony's College, Oxford.
  • Jagdish N. Bhagwati - University Professor of Economics, Columbia University
  • Louis Bickford - Director, Alliances & Capacity Development at the International Center for Transitional Justice.
  • Alex Boraine - Founder and President of the International Center for Transitional Justice.
  • Nicholas Gage - Investigative reporter and former Athens bureau chief for The New York Times
  • Saad Eddin Ibrahim - Professor, American University in Cairo and Chairman of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies
  • Juan Mendez - President of the International Center for Transitional Justice.
  • Martin Palous - Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States
  • Orlando Patterson - John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University
  • Richard Pipes - Baird Professor of History, Emeritus, Harvard University
  • Michael Posner - Executive Director of Human Rights First (the new name of Lawyers Committee for Human Rights)
  • Ambassador Hector Timerman - Consul of Argentina in New York
  • Xu Wenli - Visiting senior fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute of International Studies, and exiled founder of the Chinese Democratic Party

National Perspective

  • Rebecca Adamson - Founder and President of First Nations Development Institute, and founder of First Peoples Worldwide
  • Anthony Appiah - University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, and Professor in the University Center for Human Values
  • Jean Harvey Baker - Professor of History at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • David Herbert Donald - Charles Warren Professor of History, Emeritus at Harvard University
  • David Hackett Fischer - Professor at Brandeis University and author of "Liberty & Freedom"
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - W.E.B. DuBois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, and Chair of the African and African-American Studies Departments
  • Nathan Glazer - Professor of Education and Social Structure, Emeritus at Harvard University
  • Walter Isaacson - CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" (2003)
  • Kenneth Jackson - President of the New-York Historical Society and the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and Social Sciences at Columbia University
  • Bob Kerrey - President of New School University in New York City
  • Thomas Kessner - Professor of History at The City University of New York
  • Pauline Maier - William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American History at MIT
  • John Raisian - Director and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution
  • Anthony Romero - Executive Director of the ACLU
  • John Edward Sexton - President of New York University
  • Theodore Sorensen - Policy adviser, legal counsel, and speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy
  • Margot Stern Strom - President and Executive Director, Facing History and Ourselves

Museum Perspective

  • Ruth Abram - Director of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City and Founder of the International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience
  • Daniel P. Jordan - President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
  • Louise Mirrer - President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society
  • Edwin Rigaud - President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Richard Stengel - President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia
  • Joe Torsella - former President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia
  • Robert C. Wilburn - President and CEO of the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation


Service Advisory Board


Family Advisory Board

  • Paula Grant Berry - Wife of David Berry & Vice chair of the International Freedom Center
  • Christopher Burke - Brother of Thomas Burke & Founder and President of Tuesday's Children
  • Don Goodrich - Father of Peter Goodrich & Partner in the law firm of Donovan & O'Connor
  • Carie Lemack - Daughter of Judy Larocque & Co-Founder of Families of September 11th
  • Susan Magazine - Wife of Jay Magazine & Executive director of New Yorkers for Children
  • Thomas Roger - Father of Jean Roger & Vice-president of Gilbane Company
  • Marilynn Rosenthal - Mother of Joshua Rosenthal & Professor at Michigan University
  • Nikki Stern - Wife of James Potorti & Executive director of Families of September 11th
  • Eugene Steuerle - Husband of Norma Lang Steuerle & Founder of Our Voices Together and senior fellow at Urban Institute
  • Robin Theurkauf - Wife of Thomas Theurkauf & Lecturer at Yale University