MSU Prof Arnold Korotkin Receives Awards for 9/11 Community Activism

Sociologists are known for being — well — socially active. Such is the case with Arnold Korotkin, professor of sociology at Montclair State University. Korotkin, who lives in Little Falls, recently received two different awards for his work in keeping the public informed on the news related to 9/11.

The professor disseminates information through his blog The Gadfly, and through a list-serve that goes to anyone interested in issues pertaining to the September 11 attack. Korotkin was given the humanitarian award by the National Air Disaster Alliance (NADA) — an organization that advocates for safety in air transportation and supports the families of victims of air tragedies — and an honorable mention, distinguished alumnus award from New York University.

“As a community organizer I believe in empowering citizens by providing access to ‘fair and balanced’ information,” Korotkin told Baristanet. “I provide the 9/11 community with daily e-mails containing links to articles from myriad news sources including the NY Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, The Record, The Star-Ledger, the Washington Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, among others.”

Korotkin’s work with the 9/11 community began when he was Director of Community Building for the United Way. His goal was to reach out to families that had lost loved ones as a result of the terrorist attack. “I quickly realized that many 9/11 families had ceased reading, listening to and/or reading the news,” explained Korotkin. “I began the 9/11 List-serv to provide family members access to news and relevant information about services and resources.” Professor Korotkin has continued to maintain the List-Serve since 2001, and distributes daily emails with relevant information.

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