Featured May 4

Shown is "Make Amerikkka Great Again" (2019), designed by Kent State University Fashion School student Colin Isaacs. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of May 4, 1970, when Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on Kent State University students protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War, killing four and wounding nine, students and faculty from Kent State’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising are bringing attention to current...

Library books As the 50th anniversary of May 4, 1970, approaches, readers are inspired to learn more about that day, when National Guard soldiers opened fire on students gathered to protest the United State invasion of Cambodia. Four students were killed, and nine others were injured. With all that has been written over five decades, it can be tough to know...

Kent State Professor Laura Davis teaches a class on May 4, 1970. When the site of the May 4, 1970 shootings on Kent State’s campus was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016, it solidified the tragedy’s significance as a touchstone in U.S. history. But for the team of Kent State faculty members who spearheaded the effort, the journey to that recognition was deeply personal. Four professors emeriti...

National Guard personnel and vehicle in foreground, crowd gathered by Taylor Hall in background Kent State University Libraries’ May 4, 1970 Collection has been selected by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to benefit from a $30,561 award through the Recordings at Risk grant program, generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CLIR’s Recording at Risk program supports the preservation of rare and unique...

Personal items of Bill Schroeder, including his Eagle Scout Award and Boy Scout sash showing his merit badges, are on display in a new exhibition at Kent State University’s May 4 Visitors Center called “Bill: An All-American Boy.” Bill Schroeder was from Lorain, Ohio, and attended Colorado School of Mines on a ROTC scholarship before transferring to Kent State University to study psychology. He was also an Eagle Scout, musician and athlete. On May 4, 1970, the 19-year-old stopped to see what was happening on the Commons and then proceeded on his way to class when he was shot...

Laura Davis, Ph.D., walks students through her memories of May 4, 1970  As part of Kent State University’s May 4 course, senior Julia Pharmer sifted through resources in University Libraries' Department of Special Collections and Archives and engaged in classroom discussions. Perhaps one of the most engaging sessions though was when Professor Emerita Laura Davis, Ph.D., gave students a firsthand account of her May 4...

The names of those killed on May 4, 1970, are displayed on the B’nai B’rith Hillel Marker in the parking lot of Prentice Hall on the campus of Kent State University. The Kent State University Board of Trustees passed a resolution at its March 6 meeting expressing appreciation to the May 4 Task Force and all those whose dedicated efforts have preserved the legacy and advanced the lessons learned from the events of May 4, 1970.   For the continuity and sustainability of these efforts, the Board’s action...

Neil Cooper, Ph.D., of the University of Bradford in the U.K. has been selected as the inaugural director of Kent State University’s School of Peace and Conflict Studies. Kent State University has chosen an international expert to lead the university’s new School of Peace and Conflict Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences, known for its study of nonviolent conflict management.  Neil Cooper, Ph.D., who is currently the head of Peace Studies and International...

Chris Post, Ph.D., associate professor of geography at Kent State University at Stark, is a memorials expert who serves as a member of Kent State President Beverly J. Warren’s Advisory Committee for the 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970. Cultural and historical geographer seeks to connect importance for today’s students, society Growing up, Chris Post watched as his mom juggled her collegiate studies and motherhood, balancing everyday life with dreams of earning her Ph.D. And while field excursions with his biologist mom are a memory of his childhood, the impact of place is...

A visitor learns about the events surrounding May 4, 1970 while visiting the May 4 Visitors Center Kent State University sophomore Phil Morgan said he learned about the May 4, 1970, shootings during a history lesson in middle school that included few details, except the fact that the Ohio National Guard’s presence at a student protest ended in the deaths of four students. Mr. Morgan got a better understanding of this tragic event during his...