Sunday, January 30, 2000

Kent State widens programs for killings' 30th anniversary




The Associated Press

        KENT, Ohio — Kent State has added new programs to honor four students killed during Vietnam War protests on campus, university President Carol Cartwright said.

        This is the 30th anniversary of the deaths of Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder, who were shot and killed by National Guardsman May 4, 1970.

        The traditional candlelight march and vigil will be observed as always this year, but other events on campus will allow people to explore nonviolent ways to deal with problems, Ms. Cartwright said.

        Previous programs have dealt with historical, social and political aspects of the shootings.

        “With the turn of the century, we decided we should more positively embrace May 4 and use it more in a positive way and help people look forward,” Ms. Cartwright said. “The idea of democracy emerged.”

        The theme of the May 3-5 activities is “Experiencing Democracy: Inquire, Learn, Reflect.” KSU also will host a May 1-2 symposium called “The Boundaries of Freedom of Expression and Order in a Democratic Society.”

        Speakers for that include Kathleen Sullivan, dean of the Stanford Law School and an expert in constitutional law; Anthony Lewis, a New York Times columnist who has written about the federal government's response to the civil rights movement; and Cass Sunstein, a University of Chicago law professor.

        A calendar of events has been posted at www.may4.net

       



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