SGA diversity affairs committee and FOCUS, a student group committed to
diversity issues, will sponsor a coffee talk today on the controversial
Confederate flag issue.
The talk, titled "Hate or Heritage," will focus on recent issues
surrounding the flag and its place in Southern culture.
"It's basically just a discussion of what the Confederate flag means to
you," said Becky Sparks, SGA Student Services director. "College is a
marketplace of ideas. If you don't talk about ideas, you don't come away
The event is being held as part of diversity awareness week and will be led
by George White, UT political science and African American studies
professor. White is a familiar face to the coffee talks, having led
discussions before. SGA chose him to revisit the talks because he does a
good job getting conversations started among students, Sparks said.
Although the topic has been chosen in advance, Sparks stressed that the
coffee talk is an open forum. SGA wants to guide the discussion, but is
happy if students want to lead it to a topic they didn't begin with.
Diversity Affairs began coffee talk meetings a few years ago to provoke
students to begin talking about diversity, something that was needed on
campus. Talking about tough issues over coffee, in a relaxed setting that
isn't threatening, helps the discussion along, she added.
The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in University Center, room 223,
featuring coffee and cookies.
Coffee talk discusses flag issue
Published: Mon Apr 10, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:13 p.m.