In early May 1970, National Guard troops opened fire on unarmed antiwar protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students and wounding nine, including Thomas Grace, assistant professor of social science at Erie Community College. The shootings triggered a nationwide wave of campus strikes and protests that involved several million people, most of them young.
This event will present, a compelling documentary about the fatal shootings, Fire in the Heartland: Kent State, May 4th, and Student Protest in America.
The program is being sponsored by the History and Social Studies Education, Political Science, and Sociology departments.
A panel discussion moderated by Grace, one of the wounded survivors and author of Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties, will follow. Panelists include John Abromeit, associate professor of history and social studies education; and Gail Radford, professor of history, and Michael Frisch, professor emeritus of history, at the University at Buffalo.
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