1995 Restrospective

Synopsis :: Schedule :: Welcome
Aftermath of May, 1970: Strikes, Legal Struggles, Commemorations
Temper of the Times - Failure to Communicate :: Mary Ann Vecchio meets John Filo

Lobby of 21 Commonwealth Avenue
Helen and Cecil Rose Conference Room


Sunday, April 23

12:00 Art, Videos and Films
Display and screenings of memorabilia from May, 1970

Haig der Marderosian Room

2:00 Welcome

1. Philip Craft, President of Emerson's Communication, Politics and Law Association
2. Emerson College President Jacqueline Liebergott
3. Reading from "A Gathering of Poets" - selected readings, chosen from over 300 poets who recently presented their work on the May 1970 incidents to Emerson's Oral Interpretation Society

2:30 Opening Remarks

1. J. Gregory Payne, Chairman, Division of Communication Studies, Emerson College
2. Dean Kahler, paralyzed from injuries at Kent State

2:45 Images and Icons of May 4, 1970 - "One of Top 25 Photos of the Century"

1. Mary Ann Vecchio Gillum, photographed at Kent State
2. John Filo, Pulitzer Prize -winning photographer
... who met for the first time just before this panel ...

3:30 Discussion and Dialogue
Refreshments

3:45 Screening - E.G. Marshall's Kent State documentary

4:15 The Legacy of May, 1970: What Does it Mean, Personally and to a Nation?

1. Dean Kahler, wounded at Kent State
2. Alan Canfora, wounded at Kent State
3. Gene Young, eyewitness to shootings at Jackson State
4. Alan Frank, eyewitness to shootings at Kent State
5. John Filo, eyewitness to shootings at Kent State
6. Mary Ann Vecchio Gillum, eyewitness to shootings at Kent State
7. Paul Keane, Kent State student

Dean Kahler with rapt conference attendee

5:30 Discussion and Dialogue
Refreshments

8:00 Screening of NBC's Kent State

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Monday, April 24
Haig der Marderosian Room

9:00 Screening of Richard Myers' Confrontation at Kent State
Coffee and danish

9:00 Welcome

Dr. J. Gregory Payne

9:45 Opening Remarks

Alan Canfora, wounded at Kent State

10:00 Selected Readings from the Era

Dorothy Prince

10:10 Temper of the Times - "A Failure to Communicate": Local, State, National and International Perspectives

1. Gene Young, eyewitness to shootings at Jackson State
2. Bill McCabe, former Commissioner/Superintendent of Massachusetts State Police
3. Mary Ann Vecchio Gillum, eyewitness to shootings at Kent State
4. Bob Hilliard, FCC official in 1970 and participant in anti-war movement
5. Alan Frank, wounded at Kent State
6. Dean Kahler, wounded at Kent State

11:30 Discussion and Dialogue
Refreshments

12:00 Emerson College - 1970, video of Emerson's reaction to the Kent State and Jackson State shootings

1:00 Simultaneous presentations:
"Commemoration and Communication": Current Kent State Students Respond to the May 4th Incidents

1. Grant Cos, doctoral candidate, Kent State University
2. Stephanie Westmyer, doctoral candidate, Kent State University

Screening of Richard Myers' film Allison

Screening of evening news coverage from May, 1970
Commentary

1. Carolyn Toll Oppenheim, professor at Emerson
2. Phyllis Haynes, professor at Emerson

2:00 Aftermath of May, 1970: Strikes, Legal Struggles, Commemorations

1. Mary Joyce, professor at Emerson, on age cohort effects
2.
Dean Kahler, on the legal struggles of Kent State
3.
Phyllis Haynes, commencement speaker at New York University, May 1970
4. Joan Brigham, artist, entrant in Kent State Memorial competition
5. Paul Keane, petition drive leader to President Nixon, 1970
6. Bill Ellwood, professor at University of Wisconsin, 1970
7. Jeff Goldstein, television producer

3:00 Discussion and Dialogue
Refreshments

3:15 Mediated Realities of May 1970: Histories and Reflections

1. J. Gregory Payne, professor at Emerson, on "Historical Accuracy and Dramatic License in NBC's Kent State"
2.
John Anderson, Director, Kent State: A Requiem (1990)

4:00 Historical and Ethical Issues of May, 1970: "The Most Divisive Time in American History Since the Civil War"

1. Dr. Scott Ratzan, professor at Emerson, on the negotiation strategies of May 1970 (Moderator)
2.
Vito Silvestri, professor at Emerson, on student strikes and attitudes in May 1970
3.
Alan Canfora on the lessons of Kent State
4.
Dean Kahler on the lessons of Kent State
5.
Michael Goldman, Boston political consultant, on the political significance and aftermath of Kent State
6.
Mary Ann Vecchio Gillum on the lessons of Kent State

5:00 Discussion and Dialogue
Reception

6:00 Screening of Kent State: A Requiem

Boston Common 

8:00 Commemorative Candlelight Vigil to Boston Massacre Statue

Walt and Marcia Littlefield, professors at Emerson, give selected readings

Special thanks to ...

The Helen and Cecil Rose Ethics and Communication Grant Emerson College's Communication, Politics and Law Association.

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