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Campus activism, ’60s style, on top for public library presentation

Thursday evening, Feb. 13, at the library, Ken Olson has memorabilia and memories to talk about from his student days at Kent State University.

Two UW-River Falls instructors who were young men back in the turbulent 1960s and early 1970s talk about their experiences at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St.

Ken Olson, now senior lecturer in the UWRF English Department, will talk about his time as a graduate student at Kent State University, including in May 1970 when college students there were shot, killed and injured by National Guardsman during the so-called Kent State Massacre.

UWRF English Prof. David Furniss, who got his bachelor’s degree at Yale University during that period, will join Olson as a speaker.

The two will be presenting in the library’s lower level.

Their presentation is part of the annual 2014 River Falls Reads program.

The four highlighted books to read this year all have a 1960s theme and can be checked out at the library: “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Trip,” by Tom Wolfe; “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien; “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett; and “The Astronaut Wives Club,” by Lily Koppel.