May 4 Commemoration

Alan Canfora (far right), who was shot on May 4, 1970, leads a guided tour of the historic May 4 site. Kent State University invites educators of students in grades 6-12 to apply by March 1 for its Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop, “Making Meaning of May 4: The 1970 Kent State Shootings in U.S. History.” Co-directors Laura Davis, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of English and former founding director of the May 4 Visitors Center, and...

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...

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...

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." *For media planning purposes, Kent State University is providing this monthly email that outlines all planned events for the upcoming month related to the 50th commemoration of May 4. For the latest updates on events, visit www.kent.edu/may4kentstate50/event-schedule. May 4: Looking Through the Looking Glass –...

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." *For media planning purposes, Kent State University is providing this monthly email that outlines all planned events for the upcoming month related to the 50th commemoration of May 4. For the latest updates on events, visit www.kent.edu/may4kentstate50/event-schedule. ‘Hair’ – The Musical (Nov. 1-10, Center...

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...

Kent State University is offering a community course at the May 4 Visitors Center that deals with the historical, cultural, social and political contexts of events before, during and after the May 4, 1970, shootings. Kent State University is offering a community course that deals with the historical, cultural, social and political contexts of events before, during and after the May 4, 1970, shootings. The free course, Making Meaning of May 4: The Kent State Shootings in American History, will be held Oct. 16, 23 and 30 at the...

Kent State University is offering a community course at the May 4 Visitors Center that deals with the historical, cultural, social and political contexts of events before, during and after the May 4, 1970, shootings. *For media planning purposes, Kent State University is providing this monthly email that outlines all planned events for the upcoming month related to the 50th commemoration of May 4. For the latest updates on events, visit www.kent.edu/may4kentstate50/event-schedule. ‘PTSD: From May 4 Through Today’ Panel...

Kent State University alumna Pat Gless reflects on May 4, 1970, near what was then the ambulance bay of the old Ravenna hospital. Pat Gless to share her story during an Oct. 2 panel discussion titled “PTSD: From May 4th Through Present Day” In the spring of 1970, two-time Kent State University alumna and registered nurse Pat Gless was a junior in Kent State’s inaugural nursing program. While in class on Monday, May 4, a professor rushed into her classroom and warned...

A Conversation with Sonia Sanchez Sonia Sanchez’s visit to Kent State University’s campus on Wednesday, September 18, touched many members of the community, both students and visitors alike.    Sanchez's visit is part of the year long 50th Commemoration of the events of May 4, 1970 at Kent State.  Sanchez discussed how poetry, civil rights, student activism, and peace can...