Timeline 2001-2002

Sept. 11

The majority of Harvard’s schools suspend classes and other business after the morning’s terrorist attacks, though many remain partially open to provide the community with a gathering place. In the evening, more than 3,000 gather in front of Memorial Church for a University-wide vigil.


Sept. 12

Harvard comes under fire as a recipient of the bin Laden family’s money. Sheik Bakr Mohammed bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s brother, made two gifts totaling $2 million to the University to fund fellowships for the study of Islamic culture. Since the attacks, Harvard officials have stressed the University would cease using the funds if any explicit link to Osama bin Laden’s terrorist organization were found.

Sept. 13

Harvard follows the lead of most professional and collegiate teams and cancels all of its intercollegiate athletic contests through the weekend.