What the 1970 Kent State shootings tell us about universities then and now
May 12, 2017
(THE CONVERSATION) In 1997, a student I taught while I was a Fulbright scholar in Turkey came to visit our home in Cleveland. Asked what sites he might want to visit, he immediately suggested nearby Kent State. On May 4, 1970, students protesting the Vietnam War were killed and wounded on the Kent State campus by troops from the Ohio National Guard. He wanted to see the place it had all happened.
The May 4 shootings at Kent State are remembered (and taught) as an iconic moment in U.S. history, yet this was a single shocking occurrence in an era filled with stories and images of violence.