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02-19-01

Contacts:
Pat Miller, Lectures, (515) 294-3720
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720


CONFEDERATE FLAG, CIVIL WAR DOCUMENTARY DISCUSSED AT ISU

AMES, Iowa – In conjunction with a new History Channel documentary, a panel discussion on "The Unending Civil War," will be at Iowa State University on Thursday, March 1.

The discussion will be at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public. The panel will include two Civil War reenactors, Joseph McGill and John Krausse, who are featured in a documentary, "The Unending Civil War," which will premiere Feb. 19 on the History Channel. Glen Kirshbaum, the documentary's writer, director and producer, also will be on the panel. Clips of the documentary will be shown. Mary Sawyer, associate professor of religious studies, will moderate.

McGill is director of the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa. He is the founder of Company "I" 54 Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment. The real regiment inspired by the award-winning movie, "Glory," in which McGill appeared.

Krausse has been involved in Civil War reenacting for 15 years and lectures on the experiences, lifestyles and songs of Confederate soldiers. He portrays a second sergeant in the 1st Tennessee Regiment (Archer's Brigade).

Kirshbaum won Emmy Awards for "Hitler: Man and Myth." His company, Greystone Communications, has produced over 500 hours of television programming for various networks, including NBC, A&E and the Discovery Channel.

The panel discussion is sponsored by Humanities Iowa, the Iowa State department of history, Black Student Alliance and the Committee on Lectures.

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