Brian Wills, director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and professor of history at Kennesaw State University, will visit The University of Virginia’s College at Wise to speak about the history of the Confederate flag.
Wills, who taught history at UVa-Wise, will lead a meaningful discussion on the timely subject that has stirred controversy recently. The talk is scheduled for Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the Slemp Student Center. The public is invited to attend the free academic program.
“In light of recent events, I think it is wise for the College to sponsor an event that can present a meaningful discussion on the history of the Confederate flag, how it has been used by various groups, and what it means to different people,” said Brian McKnight, a history professor at UVa-Wise. “We feel it is important to say that this is an academic program without political consideration.”
The banner that is generally considered the Confederate flag was 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.
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, Georgia. He had a long tenure at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War, including a new volume – The River Was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow.
His other titles include:‘A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest,’reprinted as: The Confederacy’s Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest. This work was chosen as both a History Book Club selection and a Book of the Month Club selection. He also authored ‘The War in Southeastern Virginia,’ released in October, 2001, and ‘No Ordinary College: A History of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, ‘(2004), both by the University Press of Virginia. ‘Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema’ appeared in 2006. An updated edition of the James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., ‘Civil War Sites in Virginia’ (Virginia, 2011) arrived just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and in 2012 and 2013, Brian authored ‘George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel’ and ‘Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory.’
For more information on the lecture, contact College Relations at 276-376-1027.