50th Anniversary of Kent State Shootings: "Commemorating Violent Conflicts and Winning Sustainable Peace"

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Call for Papers
February 15, 2019
Ohio, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Military History

“Commemorating Violent Conflicts and Building Sustainable Peace”

 An International Conference at Kent State University

Commemorating the May 4, 1970 shooting by the Ohio National Guard of

Kent State Students during a demonstration against the US wars in Vietnam and Cambodia and the occupation of the Kent State campus by the Ohio National Guard

Kent, OH, USA

October 24-26, 2019

 The School of Peace and Conflict Studies of Kent State University

The Peace History Society

The Peace Studies Section of the International Studies Association

 Opening on Thursday evening with a reception, Friday and Saturday during the day (Oct. 24 and 25) will be devoted to concurrent panels and paper presentations on the various conference themes. Please refer to the Call for Papers for details. Submission of paper abstracts are due by February 15, 2019 and must be uploaded through the conference website on the International Studies Association platform.

Friday evening includes a community discussion on gun violence, school shootings, and state-sponsored violence, entitled: “When Government Kills: State Violence and Youth Movements.” The discussion will be led by four experts:  Ms. Christine Nobliss, a Plains Cree-Salteaux from the George Gordon First Nation who is active in the Standing Rock Youth Activists; Dr. Thomas Grace, a historian of May 4 and one of the KSU students shot by the Ohio National Guard; Dr. Tony Gaskew, a criminal justice professor, former policeman, and founding director of the Prison Education Program; and Ms. Sibley Hawkins, program officer at the International Center for Transitional Justice, focusing primarily on gender justice and truth seeking in Côte d’Ivoire, Nepal, Syria, and Tunisia and elsewhere.

Following the banquet Saturday evening, the conference will feature a Reader’s Theatre performance of the play, “May 4th Voices:  Kent State, 1970,” by David Hassler.  The play’s gripping text is drawn entirely from the extensive Kent State Shootings Oral History Project, comprised of over 100 interviews with a wide variety of individuals representing diverse stakeholders impacted over time by the Kent State shootings.

 The conference will be held at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference in downtown Kent, contiguous to campus. Make your room reservations early!

Walking tours of the May 4 site and of the award-winning May 4 Visitors Center will be available throughout the conference.  Please see the attached Call for Papers, and go to this link for more information.

All paper proposals must be submitted online here.

 Co-sponsored by the Kent State Provost’s Office, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Political Science and the Department of History.

Contact Info: 

Professor Pat Coy (pcoy@kent.edu) or Professor Landon Hancock (lhancoc2@kent.edu)

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