CHARLESTON -- A Louisiana professor will make his way up to Eastern Illinois University to speak Monday on Confederate symbols that have, in recent years, garnered controversy.
According to a press release, Gaines M. Foster of Louisiana State University will visit the campus to deliver a lecture titled “Still Fighting the Civil War? How to Put Contemporary Controversies in Historical Context” at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall.
The release states Foster will speak about "the current state of Civil War memory and the extent to which this memory informs today’s debates over Confederate symbols and monuments."
According to the release by the Doudna officials, the speaker is a leading scholar on Civil War memory. He is a professor of history at LSU, where he has taught courses in U.S. history and Southern history for over three decades after earning his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
He has written works including “What the Name ‘Civil War’ Tells Us—and Why It Matters” in 2018. He has also authored books including "Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause" and "The Emergence of the New South."
The Doudna Fine Arts Center is located at 1860 South Seventh St. in Charleston on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.
More recently, discussion of Confederate flags tangentially cropped up among community members when it was suggested by some students that a Black Lives Matter flag be raised. That proposal was turned back by student leaders.