FLORENCE – Francis Marion University professors, students, government officials and dignitaries will meet Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 3:00 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center Lecture Hall (room 114) for a symposium on the Confederate flag controversy in South Carolina.
"The Flag Flap. Why should we care?” is a FMU Mass Communication Critical Issues in the News symposium. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Ed Freedman, FMU associate professor of mass communication, will moderate the discussion. Presentations by several FMU faculty members will be made during the symposium and a discussion with panelists from throughout the state, representing both sides of the argument, will follow.
The symposium will also be open to questions from the audience.
“We feel this is an issue that is being discussed on campus, in the Florence area and throughout the state. We feel this symposium will bring some light to the controversy,” Freedman said.
The symposium will look at the NAACP’s economic boycott of South Carolina, the history of the Confederate flag, the symbolism of the flag, and the results of a Florence area survey on the subject of the flag. For more information, contact Freedman at 843-661-1682.