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May 4 Spokespeople

Mindy Farmer

Mindy FarmerMindy Farmer is the director of the May 4 Visitors Center and an assistant professor of history.  Previously she served as the founding education specialist at the federal non-partisan Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum where she oversaw the Library's education and public programming.  She is holds a doctorate from The Ohio State University. 

Dr Farmer became the director July 1, 2014

Jerry M. Lewis

Dr. Jerry LewisKent State University professor emeritus of sociology
Jerry M. Lewis is a professor emeritus of sociology at Kent State University. Serving as a faculty marshal in 1970, he witnessed the 1970 events first hand. He has devoted his time to researching, memorializing and lecturing since the events took place. Lewis co-authored an analysis of the May 4 shootings with Thomas R. Hensley, a professor emeritus of political science. Lewis was one of the four co-authors of the application to add the May 4 site to the National Register of Historic Places, which was approved in February 2010.

Laura Davis

Dr. Laura DavisLaura Davis is a Kent State University professor emerita of English and the founding director of Kent State's May 4 Visitors Center. She was a freshman on campus during the 1970 events. Working with university and community members, she coordinated and co-led the creation of an audio-guided walking tour of the May 4 historic site that was dedicated during the 40th anniversary.

Davis was active in developing the Kent State May 4 Visitors Center. She and Carole Barbato (1949 - 2014), professor emerita of communications studies at Kent State, co-taught the university’s May 4 course and co-chaired the 2009 Symposium on Democracy. Davis was one of the four co-authors of the application to add the May 4 site to the National Register of Historic Places, which was approved in February 2010.

Mark Seeman