54 Years After Kent State, What’s Been Learned on US Campuses?

Monday, May 27, 2024 - 1:00pm
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Bob Datz

The rhetoric and repression surrounding campus protest against the Palestine Genocide sound hauntingly familiar. Hopefully they do not lead to a fatal reprise of events from May 4, 1970 when 13 students were gunned down in 13 seconds by agents of the US and state governments responsible for the Vietnam War being protested. Events in Kent, Ohio before the massacre were complex and later heavily documented. Repercussions in the years that followed are less explored but can be seen as signs of a continuing cultural response and a budding security state that asserted itself into the Reagan years and beyond. Bob Datz, the Center’s presenter for May 27 entered those years as a wide-eyed college freshman who entered KSU majoring in law enforcement. Developing a critical eye prior to the shooting, he honed that reflex over decades in journalism and, finally environmental science. He worked for daily newspapers in Maine and Massachusetts after leaving college to work in the once-lively alternative press until 1980. His street and rural activities over the decades have included activism for peace, human rights, sane technology and economics, labor justice and maintaining a habitable planet.

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Monday, July 22, 2024 - 1:00pm
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Robert Meeropol
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71 years after the U. S. Government executed Ethel and Julius Rosenberg on charges of “conspiring to steal the secret of the atomic bomb,” is Ethel Rosenberg finally about to be exonerated?

Robert Meeropol, the younger son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, was six years old in 1953 when his parents were executed. In the 1970s, he... Read more

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Cynthia Yoder
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Cynthia Yoder's memoir tells her story of working in a new university in Palestine during a time of political strife and upheaval. She describes the joys of life in Palestine against the backdrop of military occupation and the second intifada, which began soon after she arrived in 2000. Rather than give political analysis, the book... Read more

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Vijay Prashad
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Each year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) releases its World Migration Report.  In 2000, it wrote that “it is estimated that there are more migrants in the world than ever before.” Between 1985 and 1990, the IOM calculated, that the rate... Read more