SRU history honorary schedules Confederate flag roundtable


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Sept. 15, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students' perception of the Confederate flag and the controversy surrounding its continued use, will be the topic of a roundtable discussion when SRU's Phi Alpha Theta history honorary offers a "Heritage or Hate Panel" at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 13, in 116 Vincent Science Center.

Donald Kerchis and David Kirschaw, SRU assistant professors of political science, Richelle Dykstra, SRU instructor of interdisciplinary programs and Aaron Cowan, SRU professor of history, will discuss the political and social significance of the flag.

Despite never having historically represented the Confederate States of America, the flag now often called "The Confederate Flag", has become a widely recognized symbol of the South during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Display of the flag remains a highly controversial and emotional topic. To many it has come to represent racism and hate to many. Others hold that it symbolizes Southern heritage and resistance to northern subjugation.

SRU's history honorary will poll students to gain insight on how they define the Confederate flag and hate, said Sarah Terrill, a secondary education major from Beaver who serves as the group's.

"The goal of our panel is to inform the student population about the background of the Confederate flag and how that contributes to how we view it today," Terrill said. "We hope to open up to friendly and informative debate to come to a better understanding of why the flag issue is so prevalent today."

The roundtable corresponds with the SRU history department's History Series on Rights and Liberties.

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