Due to the sensitivities involved in this discussion of events surrounding 9/11, this program is intended for high school age students and older. This discussion contains commentary and opinions that do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Discovery Education, Inc.
Moderator - Danny Forster
As the host of the Science Channel series Build It Bigger, Forster travels the world with a camera crew in search of incredible feats of architecture and engineering—a record-setting skyscraper, a city-saving levee, a mammoth cruise ship, a state-of-the-art football stadium.
Forster first studied architecture as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, where he received a BA in Architectural History in 1999. After several years in New York City, as a real estate broker and founder of the Internet start-up UrbanFilter, he entered Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He received his Master’s degree in architecture in 2006, and went on to open his own design firm, DANNY FORSTER Design Studio, based in Brooklyn. Forster’s passion for great architecture and his exceptional ability to share that passion have made him a sought-after speaker and a popular teacher.
Forster is continually at work and on the move creating, explaining, and popularizing ingenious design solutions. He is also at work, closer to home, as creator and executive producer of a documentary series about the rebuilding of Ground Zero. The Rising explores the coming to life of a work of architecture that solves a host of problems—cultural, physical, historical, environmental—within one coherent project. With Forster’s singular guidance and exclusive footage, viewers will be able to watch as architects and builders race to finish their enormous undertaking by 9/11/11, the ten-year anniversary of the attacks.
Lee Ielpi is a retired member of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) where he served in an elite firefighting unit in Brooklyn, New York. His two sons also became firefighters. On September 11, 2001, Lee’s oldest son, Jonathan, called to tell his dad that his company was being sent to the World Trade Center site. That afternoon, Lee searched the site for victims along with hundreds of other recovery workers. His son’s body was found after 3 months. Lee stayed on to help and became a leader in September 11th Families’ Association.
In 2004, Lee co-founded the Tribute WTC Visitor Center so that visitors from around the world could learn more about the attacks of 9/11 and their aftermath from those who experienced those events.
Dr. Clement Alexander Price
Dr. Price is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History and Director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University, Newark Campus. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Bridgeport and the Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
Price has played leadership roles with many organizations in New Jersey, including the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Fund for New Jersey, the Newark public schools, the Newark Black Film Festival, and the Governor’s Commission on Ellis Island. Price’s affection for Newark comes from his deep appreciation of the city’s historical significance and constant change. In 2008, Price received the second annual Charles Cummings award from the Trustees of the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee. The award, named after the late renowned city historian, was awarded to Price for outstanding contributions to the knowledge and appreciation of Newark history.
Ann Van Hine
Ann Van Hine’s husband, Bruce, was killed in the line of duty on September 11th. Bruce worked as a firefighter for Squad 41 in the Bronx. Ann became a docent because she wants visitors to understand the scope of what happened on September 11th. She hopes that by giving visitors a greater understanding, they will walk away unable to forget the events of September 11th.
When Ann is not volunteering at Tribute, she co-owns the New School of Dance Arts where she works as a director and teacher. In addition, Ann does further volunteering at her local Sunday school and at camps for children.
Joe Arcieri began working in the WTC in 1986 and was on the 72nd floor in the South Tower in both the attack in 1993 and again in 2001. As a survivor, Joe believes that it is important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. Joe retired from Morgan Stanley in 2008. He has four grown children and lives in Cranford, NJ, with his wife Nancy.