“Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory": Understanding Confederate Symbols with Lessons from South African and Northern Irish Contexts

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Location: C103, Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Scott Moeschberger 

Professor of Psychology at Taylor University and Kroc Institute Visiting Research Fellow

Moeschberger will explore the use of “divided” symbols in various conflict settings around the world, giving special attention to implications for the United States regarding Confederate symbols. His lecture will take a broad perspective on what constitutes a divided symbol, including objects such as flags, signs, and monuments. In addition, it will include commemorations and other dynamic events that serve as a means for groups or individuals to connect with past generations, celebrate a heritage, and possibly express religiosity.

While these symbols typically reflect heritage to one group, to another group the same symbols might convey hatred and oppression. The goal of the lecture is to provide examples of these symbols from both Northern Ireland and South Africa to contribute to current U.S. dialogue surrounding the use of Confederate symbols.