One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombings

April 15, 2014
By Doug Gavel, HKS Communications

A year after the terrible Boston Marathon bombings, the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) community is taking time to reflect on those who lost their lives, those who are still suffering, and the many heroes who emerged during that scary time.

“It was a painful and tragic close at hand experience of senseless violence that still feels too raw,” Dean David T. Ellwood stated in an email to faculty, staff and students. “These tragedies remind us of our purpose in being part of the HKS community – to improve, heal, and lead the world to a better place.”

It was just days after the bombings when the Kennedy School hosted a special Forum event titled “Boston Marathon Tragedy & Aftermath,” featuring then Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. At a poignant moment during the question and answer portion of the program, Davis left the stage to console an audience member, HKS Admissions Coordinator Jamie Bergstein, who was overcome with emotion after approaching the microphone.

In this video below, Davis, now a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Politics, and Bergstein, a marathon runner herself, meet again to discuss the Forum moment and to recount the tragic events of that April day.

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April 2013 panel discussion

Dean David T. Ellwood (L) with Channel 4 News co-anchor David Wade (R) at the Wednesday, April 24, 2013 panel discussion

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

“It was a painful and tragic close at hand experience of senseless violence that still feels too raw,” says Dean David T. Ellwood.