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University of Arkansas to host social issues events

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The chancellor of the University of Arkansas says the school is developing an educational series on social issues for the campus as a result of six women's basketball players who recently kneeled during the nation anthem.
    
Chancellor Joe Steinmetz says the perspective of veterans and the meaning of the American flag should be considered along with the social concerns raised by the student athletes. Steinmetz discussed the university's plans at an event Tuesday for first-generation college students enrolled in the UA's Honor College.
    
The chancellor has said he supports the players, citing the importance of freedom of speech. Basketball coach Jimmy Dykes and athletic director Jeff Long have also issued statements of support for the players.
    
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the educational series will touch on a variety of social issues.

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