Framing ä Embracing ä Revising History
10th Annual Symposium on Democracy
May 4-5, 2009
Purpose of the Symposium
The tragic events of May 4, 1970, at Kent State University had a profound impact on the university, the nation, and the world. This annual symposium was founded in 2000 to honor the memories of the four students who lost their lives on that day¡XAllison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, and William Schroeder¡Xwith an enduring dedication to scholarship that seeks to prevent violence and to promote democratic values and civil discourse.
Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History, Yale University
Edward ¡§Ted¡¨ Morgan, University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Lehigh University
Renee Romano, Professor of History, Oberlin College
Chris Triffo, Emmy Award-winning documentary director
Call for Papers
The symposium will examine questions about the writing and rewriting of history¡Xin a range of media. This scholarly conference will inform planning in which Kent State is currently engaged for a May 4 public history visitors center. Paper topics might address questions such as the following
æ When does the mediated story become history?
æ Do ethnicity, age, gender, nationality affect the telling of a story?
æ How does the medium affect understanding?
æ How do local events relate to broader backdrops?
æ What accounts for today¡¦s ¡§memory boom¡¨?
æ Is history being re-written?
æ How do memorial spaces shape history?
æ How does history work contribute to the public good today?
If a proposal is accepted, a $1,000 honorarium will be paid following the symposium upon successful completion of all responsibilities. Responsibilities will include preparation of final copy for a book based on the symposium to be published by Kent State University Press.
The deadline for receipt of a one- to two-page proposal and curriculum vitae is January 5, 2009.
Dr. Laura Davis, Professor of English and Associate Provost, Kent State University¡X. For questions, please phone 330-672-8560. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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