Award-winning director Oliver Stone and PBS anchor and editor Gwen Ifill will visit Kent State University for the 43rd annual commemoration of the May 4, 1970 shootings and dedication of the May 4 Visitors Center at Taylor Hall.
Ifill, who anchors "PBS NewsHour," will moderate "Historical Significance of May 4 and the Visitors Center" from 4 to 6 p.m. May 4 in the Cartwright Hall auditorium.
On May 4, 1970, 28 Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on campus during a protest of U.S. bombing in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Four students were killed and nine wounded.
The visitors center, which opened in October, uses images, multimedia and other tools to present the history of the shootings.
Stone, a Vietnam War veteran, will speak at a program titled "History and Memory in Film," which will touch on his films that documented the Vietnam War and its aftermath, including "Born on the Fourth of July," "Heaven and Earth" and "Platoon." The program will run from 7:30-9 p.m. May 4 in the Cartwright Hall auditorium, and will be followed by a reception at 9 p.m.
Stone, who also directed the films "JFK," "Nixon" and "W.," has won Academy Awards for screenwriting and directing.
Both presentations are free and open to the public.
The annual May 4 commemoration begins with a candlelight march and vigil at 10:30 p.m. May 3 on the KSU Commons and will continue at noon on May 4, with multiple speakers.