39th Annual May 4 Commemoration: Remembering the past, shaping the future

Melissa Dilley

Symposium events today and tomorrow

The 10th annual Symposium on Democracy begins tonight in the Kiva at 7 p.m.

The symposium continues in the Kiva on Tuesday at 8 a.m. with presenters lined-up until 5 p.m.

Noon-2:30 p.m. at the Commons

Speakers: John Filo – former student and Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who took photos on May 4

Mary Ann Vecchio – subject of Filo’s photo

Lawrence “Pun” Plamondon – Native American activist

Laurel Krause – Sister of Allison Krause, who was one of the students killed

Alan Canfora – wounded on May 4, 1970


Color in December

This year’s theme, “Re-membering: Framing, Embracing, Revising History,” is supported by the 14 scholars who are scheduled to present during the two-day symposium.

Chris Triffo, director of the Emmy award winning May 4 documentary most students see during First Year Experience class, will open the event.

Jay Winter, a Yale University history professor, is the keynote speaker for Tuesday’s luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

Winter will explain the “memory boom” and how silence can help people to both remember and forget the past.

Those who cannot make it to the symposium can visit exhibits in White Hall and Taylor Hall until May 8.

– Melissa Dilley