Sports and the University


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  • Host Department: Comparative Literature
  • Date: 11/14/2014 - 11/15/2014
  • Time: 4:00PM

  • Location: Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)

  • Description:

    Sport is deeply interwoven with institutions of higher education in America today. Sports—as intramural and intercollegiate activities for students, as a segment of the entertainment industry within American society, as cultural objects of intense popular interest and media coverage, and as research subjects for faculty and students in a varied and expanding range of disciplines, whether at major public research institutions or small, private liberal arts colleges—are indisputably a central aspect of the landscape of American higher education. The value of sport in the university context, however, is not beyond dispute.On the contrary, as sports play an ever greater role in higher education and in American society, debates have arisen, on the pages of daily newspapers and specialized academic journals, about their role and the costs and benefits they carry—from financial to educational, physical to cultural to moral. These questions, furthermore, intersect in complex ways with broader social issues related to gender, race, and sexual orientation, and the symposium will seek to shed light on the ways in which approaches to and assessments of the question of value change when these factors are taken into account.


    Friday, November 14

    Lecture by Amy Perko, Executive Director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

    Lecture by Taylor Branch, historian and author of numerous books and articles, including "The Shame of College Sports," "Why Scholarships Don't Count as Payment for College Athletes," and "Why I Can't Get Excited About the NCAA's New Reforms"

    Saturday, November 15

    10:30am: Economics
    Rodney Fort, Lawrence Kahn, Stephen A. Ross

    12:00pm: Well-being
    Rebecca Hasson, Billy Hawkins, Jane Ruseski

    2:15pm: Education
    Yago Colás, Jimmy King, Rob Sellers

    3:45pm: Ethics
    Bruce Berglund, Jack Hamilton, William Morgan

    5:00pm: Closing Remarks