At the Conference

See you in Kent, Ohio!

We're excited to see you in Kent! Check here for information about events, activities, restaurants and more that you'll find in when you're at the conference! The conference takes place from Thursday, October 24th - Saturday, October 26th.

Program and Events

The Program Chairs have worked hard this year putting together a great program.

Join Us!

During the conference, which will be held at the KSU Hotel and Conference Center adjacent to campus, attendees can visit the award-winning May 4 Visitor’s Center, take the walking tour of the May 4 site, visit the May 4 Memorial, and visit the May 4 collection in the University Archives in the Library.

May 4 Visitor’s Center, Taylor Hall

The May 4 Visitors Center is a 1,900 square foot permanent exhibit that tells the story of the Kent State shootings and their legacies. The first gallery establishes the backdrop the 1960s, a time of tremendous strain and change. The second gallery immerses the visitor in what happened on May 4, 1970—at a rally typical for the times that ended quite differently. The third gallery shows the breadth and depth of the impacts of May 4, from military reform to the importance of protecting the First Amendment. Next door, in the Reflections Gallery, visitors can experience new temporary exhibitions exploring different topics and themes. Throughout, visitors of all generations will come to understand that young people taking action can and have helped bring about social and political changes. The Visitor’s Center is a moving and profound experience for all who visit.

May 4 Site Walking Tour

Trace the steps of history through this documentary based on 500 archival photographs and narrated by notable civil rights leader Julian Bond. The chapters of the documentary are keyed to the seven Walking Tour trail markers on the May 4 site. To view the documentary as you walk the historic site, either go to the May 4 Visitors Center in 101 Taylor Hall or go to the Circulation Desk inside the main entrance of the Kent State University Library (the tallest building on campus, next to the Student Center). Ask to check out an iPod on which the documentary is loaded. You can also just listen to the audio narration by calling 330-672-MAY4 (6294) via cell phone.

Finally, you may simply traverse the Walking Tour on your own, stopping and reading the seven walking trail kiosks/markers. The guided walking tour includes interpretive panels installed at each of the seven stops on the walk. The panels feature pictures, maps and written descriptions. Each trail marker focuses on different key aspects and events on May 4, 1970.

“Kent State Shootings: May 4 Collection” in the University Libraries Special Collection and Archives

The May 4 Collection, established by the Kent State University Libraries in 1970, includes over 300 cubic feet of primary sources related to the Kent State shootings and their aftermath. The collection is open to the public and is used by researchers from around the world. Much of it is also digitized. The University Archivist will assemble a special set of May 4 documents for conference attendees to easily peruse on their visit to the Archives on the 9th floor of the Library.

Two Exhibitions at the KSU School of Fashion Museum

The exhibition Culture/Counterculture: Fashions of the 1960s and 70s looks at fashions of the 1960s and early 1970s with a particular focus on the generation gap during that period. Almost 50 years ago, the shootings of Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard brought to a head the cultural divides that had split the country. There was a sharp contrast between supporters of the establishment and those opposed – the culture and the counterculture. These cleavages in society saw their clear expression in the fashions of the time.

Wearing Justice is an exhibition of designs by faculty and students that use fashion to create a dialogue about war and peace, political discourse, conflict resolution and social justice today.

Both events are being held at the KSU School of Fashion Museum, just a short walk from the conference hotel and near to panel rooms located in the Center for Architecture and Environmental Design. Just show your conference badge to see both exhibitions for free. Hours of operation.

Looking for Hotels?

ISA has contracted with a local hotel to provide discounted room rates for attendees. All reservations must be made no later than 9/24/2019 and the discount will be available until that day, or until the block fills, whichever comes first. Reserve your room today!

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