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Borowitz Lecture Studies Media Coverage of Famous Lindbergh Kidnapping Case

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Thomas Doherty, Ph.D., a cultural historian with a special
interest in Hollywood cinema, professor of American
studies, and chair of the American Studies program at
Brandeis University, will deliver a lecture on April 17
to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Borowitz
Crime Collection at Kent State University.

The Kent State University Libraries is marking the 25th anniversary of the Borowitz Crime Collection through a major exhibition and other events held during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Established at Kent State in 1989 by Albert Borowitz and Helen Osterman Borowitz of Cleveland, the collection includes both primary and secondary sources on crime, as well as works of literature based on true crime incidents.

The Kent State University Libraries has held a regular lecture event in connection with the Borowitz Collection. The 25th anniversary Borowitz Lecture will feature Thomas Doherty, Ph.D., a cultural historian with a special interest in Hollywood cinema, professor of American studies, and chair of the American Studies program at Brandeis University.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held on Thursday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in the Read Special Collections Classroom (Room 1018) at the university library on the Kent Campus.

Doherty’s lecture, "Little Lindy Is Kidnapped: The Media Coverage of the Crime of the 20th Century," will explore the media coverage of the Lindbergh case and its legacy in American culture. The kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh baby in 1932 and the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann in 1935 was arguably the most widely publicized and influential criminal case of the 20th century. Of course, the innate sensationalism of the Lindbergh case — the murder of the child of the most famous and beloved couple in America —guaranteed the transfixed attention of the nation. And the blueprint for modern-day media sensationalism was laid: syndicated newspapers, radio and the newsreels.

For more information, contact Cara Gilgenbach, head of the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives, at or 330-672-1677, or visit

Posted March 10, 2014

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Kent State University’s Center for Innovation in Transition and Employment to Host Symposium, May 2-3

The Center for Innovation in Transition and Employment at Kent State University will host the 2014 Kent Transition Symposium from May 2-3. The symposium, which will be held at the Kent Campus and Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center located in downtown Kent, is intended for students, parents, school educators and administrators.

Breakout sessions will provide participants with information about the four-year, non-degree Career and Community Studies college program and the Kent State Transition Collaborative Job Training and Career Exploration programs. Topics will include information on the requirements of each opportunity; what students, parents and schools need to know to get ready for a college or work experience; and how the thread of self-determination knits all areas together.

The Career and Community Studies program is for the student with intellectual disabilities who is interested in a college experience to advance his or her career interests.

“College is one of the first places where one begins to figure out who they are, what they believe and how one wants to contribute to life. Interacting with peers who are going through the same experience has been extremely beneficial for the Career and Community Studies students who may not have had this chance otherwise,” says Vonnie Michali, director of the Career and Community Studies program.

The Kent State Transition Collaborative programs offer opportunities for students with disabilities to gain work experience, explore different work environments and identify personal strengths and interests.

“We receive students who are well-prepared and eager to learn how to claim their place in the adult world of work. They meet our highly-trained staff eager to facilitate this self-determination and our employers who actually need them both to succeed. It is a process that works and we are all proud to be a part of it,” says Babette Cameron, director of Kent State’s Transition Collaborative project.

For more information and to register for the symposium, visit

For more information about the Career and Community Studies program, contact Michali at

For more information about the Kent State Transition Collaborative Job Training and Work Exploration programs, contact Cameron at

Posted March 10, 2014

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Kent State Student Choreographers Highlight New Dance Works in The Light Within Us

Showcases student talent and versatility; choreography will enthrall and inspire

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Kent State University students perform a dance routine.
Kent State's School of Theatre and Dance will continue its
2013-14 production season with the B.F.A. Senior Dance
Concert/Student Dance Festival: The Light Within Us, from
March 14-16.

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance will continue its 2013-14 production season with the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival: The Light Within Us. The concert will run March 14-16, with Program A at 8 p.m. on March 14, and at 2 p.m. on March 15, and Program B at 8 p.m. on March 15, and 2 p.m. on March 16, in the Louis O. Erdmann and William H. Zucchero (EZ) Black Box Theatre located at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Music and Speech Building).

For tickets, call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby at 1325 Theatre Drive, Monday – Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for Kent State alumni, faculty and staff, $12 for seniors (60+), and non-Kent State students age 18 and under are $8. Tickets for full-time, Kent Campus undergraduate students are free of charge. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $10 per person. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash. Free parking is available and the theatre is fully accessible.

The Light Within Us presents 16 pieces of original choreography created by juniors and seniors who are pursuing either a major or a minor within Kent State’s Dance Division. In addition, senior B.F.A. dance performance major Katie Scekeres will perform a solo titled “Mars” from Celestial Celebration, choreographed by Kent State Associate Professor Barbara Allegra Verlezza and her husband Sabatino Verlezza. The work originally premiered in New York in 1993, and was recently performed by Kent State dancers in the fall faculty concert Dance ’13: This Time.

Grey Area(s), choreographed by Scekeres, explores universal human issues, such as mental illness, drug use and abuse, and the subsequent effects on family, friends and society at large. This piece uses strong, dynamic movements and moments of tension as metaphors for the profound struggle to overcome such challenges.

Dance Hall Dolls will take the audience back in time to the 1920s and 30s when big bands were roarin' and dance halls were hoppin'. Choreographed by Ashley Lain, this piece combines quirky, contemporary movement with authentic dance hall steps. High energy and whirls of color fill the stage as the couples dance the night away.

insert dolphin sound here (nomz)* is a playful exploration of consumption, social media and daily interactions. Choreographed by Marcia Custer in conjunction with the performers, it is an interplay between dance and theatre. Set to music by Dan Deacon, it’s an exciting romp that will make you want to move!

Side by Side; Miles Apart, a duet choreographed by Shayna Fischer, was inspired by her relationship with her sister. The piece will include a progression of growing up and going separate ways, ultimately revealing that their bond withstands both time and distance.

The B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival: The Light Within Us offers audiences a wide selection of dance forms ranging from modern to jazz. In addition, each piece examines and expresses a variety of topics, emotions, ideas and social issues. In this culminating concert, the student choreographers premiere original and engaging works. They each bring something new to the stage while simultaneously incorporating and reflecting their education and experiences at Kent State.

Posted March 10, 2014

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Last Chance to Register for the Spring 2014 Bowman Breakfast

The spring 2014 Bowman Breakfast will take place at Kent State University in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Tuesday, March 18. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program will follow at 8 a.m.

Five speakers will discuss the topic “Kent Businesses … A Local and Global Impact.” The featured speakers are Matthew C. French, vice president and general manager of AMETEK; Albert Green, Ph.D., president of Kent Displays Inc.; Robin Kilbride, president and CEO of Smithers-Oasis; David Ruller, city manager for the city of Kent; and Nicholas R. Sucic, vice president and controller for the Davey Tree Expert Company.

The cost to attend is $10 per person, payable by cash or check at the door only. Invoicing is not available for this event. Reservations can be completed online or by contacting Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or no later than Wednesday, March 12. No shows will be billed. If you find you cannot attend, please contact Mandalari to cancel your reservation by March 12.

Kent State is committed to making its programs and activities accessible to those individuals with disabilities. If you or a member of your family will need an interpreter or any other accessibility accommodation to participate in this event, contact the university’s accessibility liaison, Jacqueline Gee, by phone at 330-672-8667, by video phone at 330-931-4441 or via email at

The Bowman Breakfast, a tradition since 1963, is sponsored by Kent State and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.

Posted March 10, 2014

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Faculty and Staff are Invited to Experience Flash Ice Fest on March 29

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Kent State University alumni enjoy Flash Ice Fest at the
Kent State Ice Arena. This year's event will take place
on March 29.

Kent State University faculty and staff members are invited to bring their families to Flash Ice Fest at the Kent State Ice Arena on Saturday, March 29. Sponsored by the Kent State Alumni Association, Flash Ice Fest offers an evening of frozen fun for everyone! Starting at 6:30 p.m., enjoy ice skating, balloon art, photo booths, pizza and much more!

The RSVP deadline is Friday, March 21. The cost to attend for children 12 years of age and younger is $6 for alumni association members and $8 for non-members; the cost for adults is $8 for alumni association members and $10 for non-members (price includes skate rental, ice skating and meal). Please register by visiting or call the alumni association at 330-672-5368.

Posted March 10, 2014 | Lindsay Kuntzman

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Kent State to Host Ohio Local History Alliance Regional Meeting

Kent State University will host one of the nine Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA) regional meetings on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the May 4 Visitors Center. Local history organizations and leaders from Ashtabula, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage and Trumbull counties are invited to participate in the event.

The meeting will include a digitization workshop, a tour of the School of Library and Information Science MuseLab, a tour of the May 4 Visitors Center and an outdoor walking tour of the May 4 Memorial.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Moulton Hall and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. The digitization workshop will follow and focus on a case study on the May 4 digital archive by conveying the shooting’s events in visual formats.

Andy Verhoff, local history coordinator for the Ohio Historical Society who administers OLHA programs, says attendees will have the opportunity to share what is going on in their organization during “Sharing Time.”

“It’s a very popular segment during the meeting,” says Verhoff. “Participants really enjoy helping each other and learning how other organizations are succeeding.”

The day will end by 4 p.m. with a walking tour of the May 4 site led by Alan Canfora, a former Kent State student who was wounded during the shootings.

Participants or organizations must register by April 7. The cost is $25 for OLHA members and $35 for non-members.

For more information about the OLHA Regional Meetings, visit

Posted March 10, 2014 | Morgan Jupina

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14th Annual National Juried Cup Show Opens at Kent State School of Art Downtown Gallery

The Kent State University School of Art presents the 14th Annual National Juried Cup Show, on display from March 13 to April 5 at the School of Art’s Downtown Gallery (141 E. Main St. in Kent). This year’s juror is Jake Allee, assistant professor of art at Colorado Mesa University, who has selected 40 cups from more than 24 states.

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, March 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the gallery and the reception are free and open to the public.

The internationally recognized ceramics program at the Kent State University School of Art was one of the original sponsors for the National Juried Cup Show. The ceramics program continues to play an integral role in organizing the cup show and maintaining its integrity. Allee has donated several cups that will be sold to support the Kirk S. Mangus Graduate Student Fellowship in Ceramics, a scholarship fund created in memory of the late Kent State Professor Kirk Mangus. Mangus oversaw the ceramics program at Kent State until his death in late 2013.

This 14th Annual National Juried Cup Show is sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

For more information, contact Anderson Turner, director of galleries, at 330-672-1369 or

Downtown Gallery hours are: Monday to Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Posted March 10, 2014

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Kent State Continues Spanish and Latin American Film Series

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Kent State University’s Institute for Applied Linguistics
will continue its Spanish Film Series on March 14 and 15
at the Schwartz Center Auditorium.

Kent State University’s Institute for Applied Linguistics, in collaboration with the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies and the Department of History, will continue its Spanish Film Series on March 14 and 15. The films will be featured in the Schwartz Center Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

“It’s an opportunity to experience another language and another culture without leaving Kent,” says Françoise Massardier-Kenney, director of the Institute for Applied Linguistics.

The movies are all subtitled in English, and volunteers will give a short presentation before each film viewing and lead a discussion after. The Spanish Film Series was made possible with the support of the U.S.A. Spain Foundation, Embassy of Spain.

La Buena Nueva
Friday, March 14

7:30 p.m.

A young priest arrives on his first assignment to a small parish serving a working-class village in the north of Spain in 1936. He is a witness to the military uprising that precipitates the Spanish Civil War and, moved by his faith, he stands up to defend his people. Based on a true story, the film portrays the young priest’s commitment to stand by his parishioners and follows him as he appears before the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and denounces the crimes being committed on behalf of the Gospel. This film was winner of the Nantes Spanish Film Festival.

Tres dies amb la família
(Three Days With the Family)
Saturday, March 15

2 p.m.

This film won the Goya prize for Best First Film Director. A young woman returns to her family in Spain but encounters severe dysfunction and fracture, in this ensemble drama. Nausicaa Bonin stars as co-ed Lea, whose paternal grandfather dies, prompting her to return from Bordeaux, France, to her childhood home in Catalonia for the funeral. Lea’s parents are separated, but pretend they are not for the sake of appearances. Meanwhile, although Lea’s two brothers, Pere (Ramon Fontsere) and Toni (Francesc Orella) come to the funeral, her sister Virginia (Amalia Sancho) fails to appear. She has just written an autobiographical novel that unearths many of the family’s skeletons, to the dismay of some of her relatives.

Saturday, March 15

7:30 p.m.

In 1988, under international pressure to legitimize his government, Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet allowed a referendum on whether he would be voted in for another eight years in office. This movie dramatises the “No” campaign devised by young advertising executive René Saavedra, played by Gael García Bernal, who decided to refrain from angry political images and instead emphasized an upbeat, almost apolitical vision of happiness. “The best movie ever made about Chilean plebiscites, No thoroughly deserved its Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film” –The New Yorker. This film was a New York Times critics pick.

Posted March 10, 2014

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