Kent State University at Stark invites the public to attend open forums that will introduce the four finalists for the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer position at the Stark Campus. As part of the interview process, each candidate’s presentation will include a discussion of the following:

Wick Poetry Center to Host Ohio Premier Film Screening, Co-sponsored by the Kent Stage and the Western Reserve Folk Arts Association

By Marcus Donaldson

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center, with co-sponsors the Kent Stage and Western Reserve Folk Arts Association, will host the Ohio premier film screening of Even Though the Whole World Is Burning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Kent Stage. The film documents the achievements of famed poet W.S. Merwin. The film screening is free and open to the general public. 

Main Street Kent Continues Tradition of Black Squirrel Friday and Small Business Saturday; Mayor Fiala Declares Free Two-Hour Parking Day

There are many benefits to shopping at local businesses, and Main Street Kent is happy to provide a few more good reasons to "shop small" this holiday season. The days immediately following Thanksgiving are meant to get holiday shopping done -- or at least get it started -- and now there are even more reasons to do it in Kent, thanks to Main Street Kent and the city of Kent.

We are thrilled to be a finalist for the Knight Arts Challenge and to have our Traveling Stanzas project promote the voices of students, immigrants, and refugees in the city of Akron!


Richard (Rick) Feinberg, professor of anthropology, was elected Section Assembly Convener of the American Anthropological Association. The AAA is the world’s largest organization of anthropologists, with over 11,000 members, and the Section Assembly is one of the AAA’s two governing bodies. As head of the Section Assembly, Professor Feinberg will also be a member of the AAA’s executive committee.  The election is to a four-year term, including one year as Convener-elect followed by a three years as Convener.

The World Poetry Reading was the best medicine for all of the terrible news lately. Over 100 students and community members came out to hear 11 international students read poems in their native languages. People in the audience were literally cheering. Poetry is one of the best ways to share our humanity. Thank you to all of the participants who read beautiful poems from your home countries. And an extra thank you to Loránd Sávoly-Kepir for taking the photos!

International Baccalaureate Director General Siva Kumari to Serve as Kent State’s Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecturer

By Austin Bennett

Siva Kumari, Ph.D., director general of International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools in Geneva, Switzerland, will present a Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecture at Kent State University on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Her presentation, titled "Creating Critical Learners Worldwide: Why?," is being hosted at the Kent Student Center Kiva by Kent State's College of Education, Health and Human Services and its Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education. The lecture is free and open to the public.

GIS Day at Kent State Features Two State Officials

The second floor of the Kent Student Center will be one of the sites hosting a GIS Day event on Nov. 18 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event, one of hundreds being held around the world, provides a forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications. The event, sponsored by Kent State University’s Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences and Portage County Information Technology Services, is free and open to the public.  

The Wick Poetry Center, with support from the Howard Atwood Family Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, identified classrooms throughout Akron Public Schools to receive weekly poetry workshops led by WPC teaching artists Alice Cone, Daniel Dorman, and Bo Geisse, and Casey Nichols from February 2, 2015 through May 18, 2015.

 Students and instructors of the 2015 Primate Ecology and Conservation Workshop in Suriname

Students and instructors of the 2015 Primate Ecology and Conservation Workshop in Suriname