Kent State Magazine
ON THE COVER:
50 Years On: From the roots of tragedy have grown tolerance and respect for opposing views.
Cover Art: John-Noall Reid, BA ’98
May 4 50th Commemoration
We reflect on how the university memorialized this tragic event, receive an update on the nine who were wounded, recall the lives of the four who were slain, and round up some digital projects that are helping educate a new generation.
Tara C. Smith, PhD, professor of epidemiology at Kent State, says lessons learned from the influenza pandemic of 1918 are informing the response to the current COVID-19 crisis.
Becoming a Scholar and Storyteller
Aidan Taylor’s research on the role black students at Kent State played in social movements prior to and after May 4, 1970 informed a documentary and gave him a new direction.
A collaboration between two alumni gives a classic comic strip a current update and highlights an innovative program that’s training middle school and high school students to become “backpack” journalists.
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President Diacon on "The Lessons of Kent State: 50 Years Later."
Making College Count | Turning Dreams into Reality | Accessible for All | Bowled Over | Sisters in Liberty | Fake Versus Factual News | Pay It Flash Forward Emergency Fund | Giving Tuesday By the Numbers
Kent State Men's Soccer Alumni Reunion Recap | First Place on the Food Network | Turning Trials into Triumph | Lifelong Learner | Feeding Essential Healthcare Workers | Love Story and Legacy | Class Notes
On May 4, 1970, Howard Ruffner, BS '71, took photos of John Cleary, BArch '74, lying wounded on the ground—one of which made the cover of Life magazine. Fifty years later, the two meet for the first time.
The poem "Legacy" by Megan Neville, BS '04, MEd '07, was the winner in the adult non-student category of Wick Poetry Center's national call for poems about peace.