092713-photo-of-kent-state-university-esplanade2jpg-253c7c47606eb968.jpgOn May 4, 1970, four Kent State students, Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, and William Schroeder were killed, and nine others wounded, when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a student protest against the Vietnam War. The Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference is one of the ways in which the university remembers the events of that spring afternoon.

The Kent State University Philosophy Department has held a Philosophy Graduate Student Conference every year in memory of the events of May 4, 1970 since the inauguration of our graduate program in 1992–1993.

The Conference is open to all areas of philosophy, and conference participants typically come to Kent from throughout North America. For the 2022 Conference, attendees will be gathering together in a hybrid format (both in person and virtually, via Teams). More information will be posted on this site as we approach the event.

In addition, each annual conference features a well-known keynote speaker, who participates in every session of the conference. Please join us for the next terrific conference!


The KSU Call For Papers 2022.pdf is available.

View current and past Philosophy Graduate Conference Programs.

Parking is available.