Marvin Discusses Myth and the American Flag in Talk at Stanford

On March 1, 2004, Professor Carolyn Marvin presented "True Colors: Myth, Magic, and the American Flag" to a packed audience at the Aurora Forum, Stanford University. Dr. Marvin has spent over decade researching the history, myth, and magic of our nation’s flag. Why, she asks, is the flag omnipresent in American culture at so many levels and for so many people? How does it function in the context of an American civil religion? What is the relation of the flag to nationhood? Later in the program, Dr. Marvin was joined by Professor Hans Gumbrecht, professor of Literature at Stanford. Their conversation probed the various powers and purposes of this key American symbol.