KCHE hosts professor’s lecture on Confederate flag

Civil War historian Dr. Brian Steel Wills presents a thought-provoking lecture entitled “Flying in the Face of History, The Confederate Flag Controversy” on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.

The Civil War conflict was arguably the most important and influential event in the history of the United States. The bitter harvest of the ordeal lingers regarding the banner that is generally referred to as the Confederate flag – one of many different flags used by the Southern armies during the Civil War. The use of the flag and its changing meanings remain controversial to this day.

Wills’ lecture touches on the flag’s diverse designs, history, and the cultural resonance of this controversial banner. The event is free and open to the public.

Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. He previously taught at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War.

The Civil War fundamentally altered the relationship of the states to the federal government, freed four million slaves, and changed the socio-economic development of the nation. Since the end of the American Civil War, private and official use of the Confederacy’s flags, and of flags with derivative designs, has continued under philosophical, political, cultural, and racial controversy in the United States.

In 2000, Dr. Wills received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the state of Virginia, one of eleven recipients from all faculty members at public and private institutions across the state. He was named Kenneth Asbury Professor of History and won both the Teaching award and the Research and Publication award from UVA-Wise.

The event is being co-sponsored by the College’s Office of Professional Development and the Office of Access and Professional Development. You can register for the event by visiting the link: http://apps.northeaststate.edu/registration/FlagControversy/. For more information, contact 423.354.2589.

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