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Dillard’s Inc., one of the nation’s premier and largest fashion retailers, will partner with Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising to present the school’s 2019 Annual Fashion Show, FS2.

Delivering his remarks to a packed FirstEnergy Auditorium, CNN’s chief media correspondent and anchor of the weekly program “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter, talked about the current media environment and delivered 11 keys for ethical journalism in the fake news era in his lecture titled “Telling the Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts.”

Crain’s Cleveland Business recently highlighted Kent State University’s new Design Innovation Initiative - and J.R. Campbell, Ph.D., the first executive director of the initiative - which is focused on connecting students from different disciplines to develop new ways of problem solving.

Wick Poetry Center Director David Hassler was featured on 90.3 WCPN ideastream for his creative efforts in organizing the River Stanzas Project. The project pays tribute to the 50 year anniversary of the environmental protections and improvements that have taken place since the Cuyahoga River Burning in 1969.

At the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year, the School of Theatre and Dance was nationally recognized and added several new awards to its collection, and the Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University's summer professional theatre, also received multiple honors for achievements during the 2018 Season.

Kent State University English Professor Vera Camden, Ph.D., turned a movement against sexual assault and harassment into a course in order to study the impact of the movement and the forces that led to it. “My hope is to keep a certain momentum going,” Dr. Camden said. “Because so often in our culture, things spike, and then they go away. I really feel like this is so important and so urgent and so serious.”

Janice Lessman-Moss, professor of Textiles, recently was awarded a United States Artists Fellowship in Craft, which includes $50,000 in unrestricted funds.

Jason Prufer, '03, a lifelong resident of Kent and Kent State University alumnus, has compiled “Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll,” a book that covers the college town’s impressive – and previously unappreciated – rock history.

Combining his passions of art history and African studies, Joseph Underwood, Ph.D, assistant professor in the School of Art, wanted to bring something to Kent State that could speak to different audiences, ranging from the international to the local, from Senegal to Northeast Ohio.

Kent State University’s Taylor Hall is currently housing the Wick Poetry Center’s Writing Across Borders, a poetry exhibit featuring the work of immigrants and refugees living in Akron that was recently featured on