Audio: The role of rhetoric then and now

By Evan Heichelbech, F/G Scholar

Listen to Kent State survivor Alan Canfora talk about the importance of rhetoric and how words had consequences in the Vietnam War era of dissent as well as today with President Trump. Canfora compares similar language between then Ohio Gov. James Rhodes and Trump.

 

Protests and social media: How dissent and technology intersect to empower

By Evan Heichelbech, F/G Scholar

Mary Beth Tinker is nearly five decades removed from the landmark Supreme Court ruling which told her she didn’t have to shed her constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate, but she credits more than just the Supreme Court justices for her 13-year-old self’s victory in the case. Continue reading Protests and social media: How dissent and technology intersect to empower

What we learned and why we went to Kent State and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

By Evan Heichelbech, F/G Scholar

It’s impossible to adequately study protest in the United States without discussing the Vietnam War era of dissent. The late 1960’s through the early 1970’s was a formative time for Americans when it came to exercising their First Amendment rights, and the height of the tension came on May 4, 1970 at Kent State University. Continue reading What we learned and why we went to Kent State and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Black United Students: Laying the groundwork for student activism at Kent State

By Lane Hedrick and Evan Heichelbech, F/G Scholars

The story of the events that took place at Kent State University in May of 1970 cannot be told without mention of a particular group of students who helped spark the flame of activism on campus long before four students were killed in an anti-war protest. The Black United Students, better known as BUS, became the critical link between black and white activism at Kent State. Without BUS, Kent State’s role in American history may have looked totally different. Continue reading Black United Students: Laying the groundwork for student activism at Kent State

History of dissent at Kent State, before and after May 4, 1970

By Evan Heichelbech and Lane Hedrick, F/G Scholars

Sixty-seven rounds in 13 seconds. Four dead and nine wounded. These are the numbers that would consume the public’s attention in the days following the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State University. But those four numbers do not tell the whole story of Kent State’s legacy. In fact, those statistics came from just one day of Kent State’s rich history of protest, a day that was preceded by years of powerful and memorable scenes of American dissent in action. Continue reading History of dissent at Kent State, before and after May 4, 1970

Reflection: William Lloyd Garrison and the practice of journalism

By Evan Heichelbech, F/G Scholar

Today, there is more education and information about journalism and what it’s supposed to be than there ever has been. Oddly enough, journalism is arguably under more attack today than it ever has been. Time has allowed for more education, more information and more good examples of what journalism is supposed to be. But it has also allowed for more opportunities for lines to be blurred, imitations to be made and presidents to mock the principles of the profession. Continue reading Reflection: William Lloyd Garrison and the practice of journalism

Reflection: Threads of protest in Supreme Court precedents

By Evan Heichelbech, F/G Scholar

Fleischaker Greene LogoThe nature of a protest is inherently centered around disagreement, and in our country disagreement is something that is not only encouraged, but protected by the laws that govern our citizens. Protests are a byproduct of mounting conflict and disagreement. Naturally, protests are also byproducts of American citizens’ First Amendment rights. Four Supreme Court cases that have resulted in landmark precedents toward further protecting and encouraging this type of pure freedom have some very interesting common threads to be analyzed. Continue reading Reflection: Threads of protest in Supreme Court precedents