The nation is three decades removed from the tragic events of May 4, 1970, when a confrontation between Ohio National Guard troops and demonstrators left four Kent State University students dead and nine wounded.
As part of the 30th commemoration of May 4, KSU will look to the future as well as the past by hosting a multidisciplinary symposium that will explore the limits of freedom of expression in American society.
“We cannot be content to only look to the past and mourn the dead,” said Kent State President Carol A. Cartwright. “We have a responsibility to celebrate their lives by teaching the nation the value of civility, tolerance and civic duty. This year, as we enter the new century, we have a unique opportunity to emphasize the future and the values on which our democracy is based.”
The symposium, “The Boundaries of Freedom of Expression and Order in a Democratic Society,” will be held May 1-2 in Kent State’s Student Center. The program will include three internationally known keynote speakers, and the presentation and discussion of nine papers, selected from more than 100 submitted.
Speakers will be Kathleen M. Sullivan, dean of the Stanford Law School, speaking on the past and present of freedom of expression in the United States, at 7:30 p.m., May 1; Cass Sunstein, the Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, speaking on the future of freedom of expression, at 3:30 p.m., May 2; and Anthony Lewis, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The New York Times, who will speak at a May 2 noon luncheon. The symposium is free and open to the public, although advance registration is required. To register or to obtain more information, check http:www.
The symposium is part of a series of programs coordinated by Kent State’s 30th May 4 Commemoration Committee. The committee has selected as its theme “Experiencing Democracy: Inquire, Learn, Reflect.” Activities on May 3-4 are coordinated by the May 4 Task Force, a student organization. For the most up-to-date information on all May 4-related activities, check www. May4.net or call 330-672-2727.
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