Two women sit on stage during a public program in the Museum auditorium. Blue light fills the wall behind the stage.
Photo by Monika Graff

Upcoming Public Programs

As we approach the milestone 20th anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s Winter/Spring 2021 public program season will explore a range of topics reflecting on the ongoing impacts and continued resonance of the attacks, their historical context, and their aftermath.

While onsite Museum programming remains temporarily suspended, we are pleased to extend When the World Changes, a digital conversation series dedicated to offering insight, empathy, and expertise toward past and present challenges by drawing on lessons learned from 9/11 history: how strength was expressed in a time of sorrow, how unimaginable problems were solved, and how tragedy and adversity were met with resilience and hope.

Al-Qaeda’s Next Leader?

Wednesday, April 21, 2 p.m. ET
In November 2020, unconfirmed reports emerged that Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor as head of al-Qaeda, had died from natural causes. Furthermore, the previously confirmed death of bin Laden’s son, Hamza bin Laden, means that the next in line to inherit the leadership is likely an Egyptian who goes by the nom de guerre Saif al-`Adl. Ali Soufan, former FBI special agent and now chairman and chief executive officer of The Soufan Group, shares what is known about Saif al-`Adl and discusses the future of al-Qaeda.


This program is part of a series exploring the history of al-Qaeda and is presented to contextualize the Museum's digital exhibition Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden, based on the special exhibition of the same name. Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden was made possible with support of presenting sponsors Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. and Palantir Technologies, as well as Lockheed Martin.

Visit to attend these live, online events. Live captioning will be provided.

Through the third annual 9/11 Memorial & Museum Summit on Security, presented by Fiserv, public programs in 2021 are made possible by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Montefiore Medicine, Anheuser-Busch Foundation, Brightcove, Con Edison, Mobilitie, and K2 Integrity.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is committed to accommodating visitors with disabilities. If you need accommodations, please contact for more information.