May 4th

/ Courtesy of PHONG NGUYEN

World-renowned Vietnamese musician Phong Nguyen has dedicated his life to studying Buddhist music. He can play more than 20 instruments and has done extensive research on chants that he's performed in concert all over the world. Back home in Stow after studying abroad for the past few years, Nguyen is putting on a rare concert at Standing Rock Cultural Arts in Kent on March 14, and is reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the May 4 shootings at Kent State University.

a photo of Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda will return to Kent State this spring. The university has announced her appearance is part of events planned to honor the 50th anniversary of the May 4th shootings

Chic Canfora looks forward to Jane Fonda’s return to Kent State. “She was here in 1971," Canfora recalls. "She was here with a strong message that dissent is a powerful form of protection for our democracy."   

photo of Sara Abou Rashed

Educators and Administrators from around Northeast Ohio are attending a summit at Kent State this week, intended to better prepare them to teach the next generation of students about the history and legacy of May 4.

One of the speakers they heard from is Syrian immigrant, poet and activist Sara Abou Rashed. She believes it's important to accommodate students of all backgrounds. She spoke about the hurdles she faced transitioning to a new education system in a different language. She says the words of one teacher really stuck with her.

photo of Thomas Grace

Kent State University began its schedule of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the May 4th shootings. The first of two speakers this week spoke in the Kiva Wednesday night. Thomas Grace is a former student and author of the book Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties. His book examines the lives of the protestors and recounts his experience as a student.

Picture of Kent State President Beverly J. Warren.

Kent State University president Beverly Warren’s last day on the job is this Sunday. Warren is stepping down after five years leading the university.  We sat down with her to talk about her tenure as the university’s 12th president. 

Bob Woodward
Lisa Berg

Due to an overwhelming response for free tickets for the Kent State University Presidential Speaker Series featuring Bob Woodward on May 4, the university has moved the event to the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center). The larger venue allows more people to attend and hear from the legendary journalist.

Publicly announced on March 28 and originally planned to be held in the Kent Student Center Ballroom, the event with Mr. Woodward sold out in less than a day. The event will now occur in the MAC Center, and tickets are now available again.

Picutre of Samaria Rice at Kent State commemoration

Kent State University commemorated the 46th anniversary of the May 4th shootings today by looking at the issue of unarmed black people being shot by police.

The event’s keynote speaker was Samaria Rice, whose son Tamir was killed by a Cleveland police officer who thought the replica gun he was holding was real.


Kent State University’s May 4th Center is highlighting this week the tragic period of history in Southeast Asia that followed America’s involvement in Vietnam, the Cambodian Genocide.

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that a survivor of one Cambodia’s most notorious prisons will share his remarkable story tonight.