Making Meaning of May 4th: The 1970 Kent State Shootings in US History





June 20-25, 2021; July 18-23, 2021 Length: 1 Week


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience




Kent State’s week-long summer workshops examine the Ohio National Guard shootings on May 4, 1970, that left four Kent State students dead and nine wounded. May 4, “the day the war came home,” changed public opinion about the Vietnam War; set precedent in the US Supreme Court; changed National Guard armament policy; helped lower the voting age to 18; impacted society and culture; and reminds us to practice and protect the First Amendment. Work with the best scholar-experts—including two survivors, two witnesses, and a guardsman there on May 4—to develop lesson plans for your students in all disciplines.

Project Director(s)

Todd Hawley; Laura Davis

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Lori Boes, Alan Canfora; Chic Canfora; Shannon Christen-Syed; Laura Davis; Cara Gilgenbach; Tom Grace; Todd Hawley; Bill Kist; Annette Kratcoski; Mike Levicky; Mwatabu Okantah; Mark Seeman; Ronald Snyder; Kabir Syed

Grantee Institution

Kent State University