May 4 50

Joe Walsh will perform with his band Barnstorm on May 2 at Kent State University for the May 4 50th Commemoration Benefit Concert. (Photo credit: Myriam Santos) UPDATE: Please note that this event and all May 4 50th Commemoration Weekend events originally scheduled for May 1-4, 2020, have been canceled. See www.kent.edu/kent/news/success/kent-state-may-4-50th-commemoration-weekend-events-canceled-response-covid-19-virus for more information. Kent State University is proud to announce the May 4 50th...

Kent State University students stand vigil where one of four slain Kent State students was shot on May 4, 1970. UPDATE: Please note that the May 4 50th Commemoration Weekend events originally scheduled for May 1-4, 2020, have been canceled. The commemoration will be a virtual program online. See the May 4 50th Commemoration website at www.kent.edu/may4kentstate50 for more information.   Unity, Reconciliation and Dangers of Polarization Featured Along...

Dean Kahler speaks at the memorial service for slain students, Sept. 28, 1970. Dean Kahler was one of the nine students wounded in the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University that also claimed the lives of four students during protests of the Vietnam War. Kahler has been paralyzed from the waist down ever since he was wounded; however, his tragedy has not stopped him from living his life to the fullest. Paul Keane,...

Students Participate in a Candlelight Vigil During the First May 4 Commemoration The events of May 4, 1970, mark an important time for current students to reflect and connect to the ones who shaped history almost five decades ago. Today, the similarities between the lives of May 4 students and today’s students seem more pertinent than ever. “I’m a college student. They were college students. The only thing separating us...

Shown is the augmented view of the Victory Bell on the Kent State University campus as it would have looked on May 1, 1970. Coinciding with the 50th commemoration of the events of May 4, 1970, Kent State University faculty members have received a grant for $175,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to launch an on-site augmented reality experience of May 4. The team includes Richard Ferdig, Ph.D., the primary investigator, along with Robert Clements,...

With the 50th May 4 Commemoration approaching, this year’s Common Reading Experience for all first-year Kent State University students created an opportunity to incorporate the books “This We Know” and “Thirteen Seconds: Confrontation at Kent State." Ten Kent State University students were awarded $1,000 each for their creative use of videos, podcasts and Adobe Spark® pages to reflect on the events of May 4, 1970, as part of the university’s Design Innovation Common Reading Challenge.  In the past, all first-year students were required to participate in...

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Digitized Taylor Hall Artifacts of May 4, 1970 – a survivor’s jacket, a gas mask and gun shell casing – tell a story that’s not often accessible to the general public. Kent State University Assistant Professor Abe Avnisan and students in his digital sciences capstone course will bring these artifacts’ stories to life via the exhibit “May 4: Through the...

The “Armed With Our Voices” exhibit provides a powerful form of cross-generational connection that engages users in the events of May 4, 1970, and the importance of peace, conflict resolution and student activism today. Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center is set to debut its “Armed With Our Voices” exhibit this week in Austin, Texas, as part of the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference.   Curated and designed in collaboration with Kent State’s May 4 Visitors Center and the College of Arts and...

About 30 teachers attended the Voices for Change Educator Organizers of the recent Voices for Change Educator’s Summit at Kent State University say the curriculum developed at the event can be used by teachers worldwide, so that the lessons of May 4, 1970, will continue to be shared. The summit, held in August, was one about 100 events planned for the 2019-20 academic year to support the 50th...

“Our Brother Jeff,” a new exhibition at Kent State University’s May 4 Visitors Center, honors the life of Jeffrey Miller, one of the four Kent State students shot and killed by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970. Many people know Jeffrey Miller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph that shows his body on the ground with a 14-year-old runaway screaming over him after the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a group of Kent State University students, killing four, including Miller, and wounding nine others on May 4, 1970. What people may not know is Miller...