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Dr. Naomi Oreskes, co-author of Merchants of Doubt will be coming to Kent State University on Thursday, April 7 to speak to the University community.

Oreskes, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University, has been a force to be reckoned with on the political issue of climate change. In her book Merchants of Doubt, Oreskes boldly speaks about the ways in which issues like acid rain, climate change, tobacco usage and the destruction of the ozone has been, and is being, denied by political figures and organizations. 

Photo of film director Oliver Stone at the May 4 Visitors CenterKent State University’s May 4 Visitors Center has been selected by the International Society for Landscape, Place and Material Culture (ISLPMC) to receive its Historic Preservation Certificate of Merit.

The documentary film May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970, created by two Kent State University collaborators, is a recipient of the 2014 Oral History Association’s Oral History in a Nonprint Format Award. The Oral History Association is an organization that seeks to bring together all people interested in oral history as a way of collecting and interpreting human memories to foster knowledge and human dignity.

May 4th Voices- Bindas, HasslerThe documentary film May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970, created by Kenneth Bindas, Ph.D., professor and chair of the history department, and David Hassler, the director of the Wick Poetry Center, is a recipient of the 2014 Oral History Association’s Oral History in a Nonprint Format Award. The Oral History Association is an organization that seeks to bring together all people interested in oral history as a way of collecting and interpreting human memories to foster knowledge and human dignity.

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The Kent State University Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences will host a presentation by Annamaria Orla-Bukowska, Ph.D., a social anthropologist at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Cohn Jewish Student Center on the Kent Campus. 

Mindy Farmer, Ph.D., has been selected as the new director of the May 4 Visitors Center in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University. She started her new position on July 1. Farmer also will teach public history courses in Kent State’s Department of History as an assistant professor starting in spring 2015. She most recently served as an education specialist at the federal Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California.

A showcase of rare books from Kent State University's Special Collections Library titled "The Printed World: European Travel Writing in an Age of Global Encounters (1500-1850)" will take place on Friday, May 9  from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Kent State University Main Library, Read Special Collections Classroom, Room 1018, on the 10th floor. Snacks and Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Julio Cesar Pino presented his paper "My Afro-Latin-America: Introduction to Cosmological History" at the AFRICA AND THE GLOBAL ATLANTIC WORLD CONFERENCE: "Revisiting Black History, Identities, Sexualities, and Popular Culture Conference". Pan-African Studies Department, Kent State University, April 11, 2014.

You are cordially invited to celebrate the publication of

The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933-1939  

edited by Kenneth J. Bindas Professor and Chair, Department of History, Kent State University  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Happy Days Lodge, 500 W. Streetsboro Road
Peninsula, Ohio 44264 

Lecture by Kenneth J. Bindas begins at 7:00 p.m.

Book Signing and Dessert reception to follow  

Public lecture by Kent State historian Kenneth Bindas on April 8 at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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