Stark Campus May 4, 50th Commemoration

The annual May 4 Commemoration provides an opportunity for all to remember and honor the tragic events of May 4, 1970 that occurred on the Kent State University campus. It was on that day that members of the Ohio national guard opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam war killing four students and wounding nine others. The upcoming 50th May 4 commemoration in 2020 represents a significant and historic milestone not only for the university but for the country as well. 


Stark Campus Presentations, Courses and Events

 
Presentation:
May 4th and Its Meaning on American Society
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
12 - 1:30 p.m.
101 Science & Nursing

This presentation explores the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State, their historic context and their memorialization on the Kent Campus. Presented by Dr. Chris Post.

 
Exhibition: Main Hall 3rd Floor

Dec. 16, 2019 - May 16, 2020
Main Hall 3rd Floor

This exhibit on the Main Hall 3rd Floor will focus on the historical events surrounding May 4th as well as its importance and legacy. Created by Dr. Leslie Heaphy's internship class. 

 
Credit Special Topics Course: GEOG 40195 - May 4 at Kent State and Its Impact

Spring 2020: Jan. 13 - April 28, 2020
Monday & Wednesday: 2 - 3:15 p.m.
Honors section available.

Co-taught by Dr. Leslie Heaphy (history) and Dr. Chris Post (geography).

 
Presentation: Jackson State, Kent State, and the Civil Rights Movement

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020
7 - 8:30 p.m.
101 Science & Nursing

This program discusses how the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, and Jackson State, where students from both institutions were shot and killed, fit within the larger societal issues of race and violence against protestors at that time. This event also explores the establishment of Black United Students at Kent State University and their ongoing legacy of activism. This event will include a viewing of part of "Fire in the Heartland" and an open panel presentation and discussion about these connections. Presented by Dr. Robert Hamilton, IV, Dr. Amoaba Gooden, Dr. Leslie Heaphy, Professor Idris Syed, and Dr. Chris Post.

 
Presentation: Placing May 4th in Historical Context

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium

This presentation will detail the events leading up to and surrounding May 4th as well as the reactions and responses. Time will also be spent talking about the importance and relevancy today. Presented by Dr. Leslie Heaphy, associate professor of history.

 
Theatre Auditions: May 4th Voices

Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Studio Theatre

The Kent State University at Stark Theatre will hold open auditions for "May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970" by David Hassler. Auditions are open to everyone, including students and members of the community. Kent State Stark encourages diversity in casting. Those auditioning may perform a prepared monologue, or work from selected scene excerpts (sides) chosen by the director at the auditions. View audition website for role descriptions.

 
Presentation: How We Remember May 4: A Geographic Approach to Looking Back and Moving Forward

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7 - 8:30 p.m.
101 Science & Nursing

This Stark presentation will assess the commemorative history regarding the events surrounding May 4, 1970, at Kent State University, from a geographic perspective. Dr. Post, a cultural and historical geographer, will present on geographic thought and analysis, which includes seeking an understanding of memorial landscapes and how they came to be, particularly by assessing where they are located, who controls their production and when/how they are produced. Presented by Dr. Chris Post, associate professor of geography.

 
Theatre Performances: May 4th Voices by David Hassler

April 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
April 19 & 26, 2020 at 2 p.m. 
The Mary J. Timken Theatre
Fine Arts Building

“May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970” brings together first-person narratives about the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University. First performed in 2010 in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the shootings, the “May 4th Voices” play is composed of verbatim excerpts from the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project. Weaving these voices and stories together, Hassler’s play tells the human story of May 4, 1970, and its aftermath while capturing the tragedy, which had a profound impact on the nation and is credited as a catalyst in changing Americans’ view toward U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Tickets available April 6. View website for tickets, cast and show details.

 
Civic Commons Panel

Thursday, April 23, 2020
7 - 9 p.m.
101 Science & Nursing

This panel discussion of May 4, 1970, at Kent State will feature those who were present. The panel will discuss the protests, shootings, their causes and impacts on society, including the 50 year commemorative history of May 4.

 
13th Annual Student Conference

Friday, April 24, 2020
8 - 5 p.m.
Science & Nursing

Each year, the Kent State Stark Honors Program sponsors the Student Conference to showcase the academic talents of Kent State students. This year, there will be a line of sessions dedicated to May 4, 1970, and its causes and impacts on society.