50th Speakers Bureau

Kent State has numerous experts, including witnesses, historians and other members of the university community, who are available for presentations and media interviews about the 50th Commemoration and the history and impact of May 4. If you are interested in obtaining a speaker or speakers for your event or classroom, please contact us at may4ksu@kent.edu or call (330) 672-2423. We can help you arrange the following:

  • Speakers for your organization
  • Conference speakers and panelists
  • Education, school programs or Skype classroom discussions
  • Media (TV, radio, print, podcast) interviews

In addition to the people below, you can also visit our Experts Guide for additional speakers that can present on a variety of additional May 4-related topics.

Topic: 50th Commemoration

ROD FLAUHAUS
Rod Flauhaus is currently leading the university-wide strategy and planning efforts for the 50th commemoration in 2020. Rod has been involved with the legacy of May 4, 1970, since the early 1980s when, as student president of the May 4 Task Force, he led the 15th commemoration. He was also key in working with the Kent State University Board of Trustees on the original memorial proposal and was also a consultant for the 30th commemoration. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts from Kent State, he holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Communications from the University of Akron and has more than 30 years of PR, Marketing, Online development, Communications strategy and event development. Rod is also the co-spokesperson for the Advisory/Planning Committee.

Topic: Witnesses & Shooting Survivors

Alan Canfora

Alan Canfora, 1970
Tom Grace

Tom Grace, 1970
Chic Canfora

Chic Canfora, 1970

ALAN CANFORA
Alan Canfora was a leading Kent State University anti-war student protester when he was shot and wounded on May 4, 1970. While earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at Kent State, Mr. Canfora emerged as the leader of the ongoing May 4 movement for truth and justice – and he remains recognized as a top expert regarding the 1970 tragedy at Kent State and the history of American student activism. Today, he continues as director of the nonprofit, educational Kent May 4 Center as well as library director at the Akron Law Library and chairperson of the Barberton Democratic Party in nearby Barberton, Ohio.

 

ROSEANN "CHIC" CANFORA
Chic Canfora was an eyewitness and survivor of the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. A Kent 25 defendant, she was one of 24 students indicted by the Ohio Grand Jury, and later exonerated, for activism during a weekend of protests against the Vietnam War. She earned three degrees, including a Ph.D. at Kent State, where she teaches in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication today. She is a stalwart advocate for May 4 remembrance and for the importance of connecting the lessons of the anti-war movement to emerging movements today, including Black Lives Matter and March for Our Lives. Chic is also the co-spokesperson for the Advisory/Planning Committee.

 

THOMAS GRACE
Thomas M. Grace is one of nine former students who survived wounds inflicted by Ohio National Guard gunfire on May 4, 1970, at Kent State University. He is a scholar and adjunct professor of American history. He specializes in both the protest movement in the 1960s and the American Civil War. His published work includes “Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties” (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016); “Kent State and Historical Memory” in “Democratic Narrative, History & Memory,” edited by Carole A. Barbato and Laura L. Davis (Kent State University Press, 2012); as well as scholarly and popular format articles about the Civil War, for which he is a regular contributor to America’s Civil War.