Making Meaning of May 4 will be delivered remotely/100% online. Sessions are inquiry- and discussion-based, engaging workshop participants as active and invested learners. Selected readings from the workshop bibliography will be assigned or recommended for each topic explored.
After accepting your offer to join the workshop as what we call a Landmark Scholar, you’ll be provided access to required readings for the workshop sessions. Among these resources, you’ll receive two books: This We Know: A Chronology of the Shootings at Kent State, May 1970, by Carole A. Barbato, Laura L. Davis, and Mark F. Seeman (Kent State University Press) and Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties, by workshop presenter Thomas M. Grace (University of Massachusetts–Amherst Press). You’ll read these works and selected additional background material before your workshop week.
These resources prepare you to participate in each session ready to engage with each other and with faculty, staff, and guest speakers on session topics. Visit the Project Team page to read about the perhaps once-in-a-lifetime gathering of May 4 experts, witnesses, and teachers with whom you’ll engage in deep and inquiring discussions. These include pedagogy experts who will consistently guide and assist you in creating your own teaching project to use with your students.
When you complete your week as a Landmark Scholar, you can take pride in having completed Kent State's May 4 workshop that was selected by the prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities through a rigorous and competitive process. You will have been accepted into the workshop, in turn, through a rigorous competitive process. And you will have worked with a select group of educators with a breadth of backgrounds and a range of interests and disciplines.
We can’t wait to meet you and start this journey together.
- Truths told by National Historic Landmarks
- The Kent State shootings in the arc of US history
- Witnessing history
- Understanding May 4 in the context of the long sixties, 1960–1975
- Orangeburg, Kent State, and Jackson State
- Social divides and new cultures
- The Civil Rights Movement, Black Student Movement, and Black Lives Matter
- The struggle to preserve the site
- Student activism then and now
- May 4 across the arts and culture
- The enduring impact of May 4, 1970
- May 4 and the First Amendment
- Evaluating sources
- Accessing the expanse of May 4 resources
- May 4 inquiry and your students