Examining the Historical and Social Impacts
of Southern Icons

The debate over confederate monuments has continued to escalate, as both anti-monument and pro-monument groups clash, sometimes violently over their placement and meaning. What is the background for this conflict and how do these monuments relate in today’s society?

Western Piedmont Community College is hosting a symposium where a discussion of the issues surrounding the monuments and other symbols of the Civil War will take place, featuring scholars who have studied these topics extensively.

All symposium sessions are free and open to the public.


The Confederate Battle Flag: Symbol of Heritage or Discord?

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Dr. Cameron Lippard

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 • 7:00 pm • Leviton Auditorium

Dr. Cameron Lippard, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Appalachian State University, will present his research on the confederate battle flag as a symbol of heritage and discord as our February presentation.

During his session, Dr. Lippard will present theory and research on the power of symbols, as well as how they can be used to honor and dishonor memories. He will also cover the historical use of the confederate battle flag, its transition to a symbol of racial division, and its use in multiple anti-government and anti-integration efforts around the world. 


Panel Discussion on Finding Common Ground

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Dr. Cameron Lippard

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 • 7:00 pm  • Location To be Announced

As a follow-up to the two previous sessions on Symbols of the South Dr. Cameron Lippard, Chair of the Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University, will lead a panel discussion on what we can do as a community to find common ground in celebrating the heritage of those who are from the southern United States.

Dr. Lippard will concentrate on that part of southern heritage that is good and propels the community forward rather than dividing us into disparate groups. Drawing on work that he has done in east Tennessee, he will help develop a plan of action to bring our community to a common understanding and purpose.


Previous  Programs

The South’s Lost Cause & Confederate Monuments

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 • 7:00 pm • Leviton Auditorium

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Dr. Karen Cox

Dr. Karen Cox, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and founding director of the university’s graduate public history program, will provide an overview of the South’s “Lost Cause” and discuss the historical & cultural context of Confederate monuments between 1865 and 1920. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture, the editor or co-editor of two volumes on Southern history, and has written numerous essays concerning the South in American Culture.

Dr. Cox has also written several op eds on the monument issue that have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, TIME, and the Huffington Post. She is the nation’s leading scholar on the topic of Confederate monuments and is currently writing a book that traces their history from 1865 to the present.

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