Kent State Professors to Discuss May 4 Events at Research Uncorked Event

Research Uncorked

The Kent State University Honors College will host its next Research Uncorked event on Wednesday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Venice Cafe in downtown Kent.

Public places such as parks and streets have historically been open to the public to hold public debate and peaceful protests. The Kent State “commons,” located behind Taylor Hall, was a location in which students could gather for peaceful protest prior to the events that took place on May 4, 1970. On this day, 13 students were shot and four were killed by Ohio National Guardsman after protesting students refused to disperse.

In this next talk, Drs. Paul Haridakis and Richard Serpe will be discussing the events that took place on May 4th and putting them into greater context of student protest at this time. The talk will mainly focus on the conflict between freedom of  public expression and the unauthorized use of governmental force used to suppress it.

Dr. Paul Haridakis, professor and coordinator of doctoral education in the School of Communication Studies, will be giving this talk with Dr. Richard Serpe, department chair and professor of Kent State’s Department of Sociology.

About Research Uncorked

Research Uncorked, an ongoing event sponsored by the Honors College, is designed to bring together a broad range of Kent State researchers and the Kent and surrounding communities for focused public conversations.

For further information about Research Uncorked, contact Victoria Bocchicchio, Director, Academic Programs, at (330) 672-2312 or

POSTED: Monday, April 11, 2016 - 9:40am
UPDATED: Friday, June 17, 2016 - 4:01pm
Sarah DiGirolamo