Kent State University is pleased to announce we will offer our NEH-supported Landmarks Workshops "Making Meaning of May 4: The Kent State Shootings in US History" during the Summer of 2021, through remote delivery.
We welcome new applications from educators of students in the middle school through high school levels. We also welcome those who applied by the March 1 deadline for 2020 to remain in the applicant pool for 2021. 2020 applicants do not need to submit a new application for 2021.
“Making Meaning of May 4” explores the history of the shooting of student demonstrators at Kent State on May 4, 1970. What at Kent State we call “May Fourth” is recognized for changing public opinion about the Vietnam War; setting precedent in the US Supreme Court; changing National Guard armament policy; helping to lower the voting age to 18; impacting culture and the arts; and reminding us all to practice and protect the First Amendment.
You’ll work with the best scholar-experts to develop a lesson plan for your students—all disciplines welcome. Workshop faculty include witnesses to the shootings, a surviving casualty of the shootings, K–12 experts, and experts on movements of the 1960s. You’ll also learn how to access extensive archival information to use with students.
“Making Meaning of May 4” will be offered twice: June 20–25, 2021, and July 18–23, 2021. Graduate credit and contact hour options will be available.
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Questions? Please email May4NEH@kent.edu