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Release: Feb. 9, 2001

UI to hold public discussion of confederate flag controversy Feb. 28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Humanities Iowa and the University of Iowa Black Law Student Association (BLSA) will co-host a public discussion of the controversy surrounding the confederate flag at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Levitt Auditorium, Boyd Law Building.

The discussion is free and open to the public. It is offered in conjunction with the February 19 premiere of a new History Channel documentary, "The Unfinished Civil War."

The discussion panel will include two Civil War reenactors featured in the documentary, Joseph McGill and John Krausse, and its writer, director and producer, Glen Kirschbaum. Joe Knight, UI professor of law, will moderate the discussion. Clips of the documentary will be shown.

McGill is director of the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa and founder of Company I, 54 Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment. The story of the original Company I inspired the film "Glory." Krausse has been involved in Civil War reenacting for 15 years and lectures on the experiences, lifestyles and songs of Confederate soldiers. Kirschbaum won Emmy Awards for "Hitler: Man and Myth."

The UI Diversity Committee, Office of Affirmative Action, Opportunity at Iowa, and the Iowa City Human Rights Commission will cosponsor the event.

Persons who need an accommodation in order to attend this event should contact the Office of Affirmative Action in advance at 335-0705 (voice) or 335-0697 (text).