Three-Part Sporting Matters Series Concludes April 25

Sporting Matters is a three-part speaker series in which sportswriters, academics, authors, athletes, coaches and fans explore the important issues at stake in our diverse experiences of sports. This series offers a sustained conversation about how race, gender and sexuality inhabit the world of sports.

The series kicked off on March 26 when Jennifer Doyle from the University of California Riverside presented “Marta’s Pink Star: What We Talk about When We Talk about Women’s Soccer.” The second event was held on April 11, as coaches, athletes and allies held a roundtable discussion, “Breaking the Silence: Combating Sexism, Racism, Homophobia and Transphobia in Sports.”

The series concludes with a symposium on Thursday, April 25, at 2 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2, with a keynote address by acclaimed sportswriter David Zirin, whose talk is entitled, “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.” Panelists include author-scholars David J. Leonard, who will present “After the All-Star Game: Trayvon, the NBA and the Assault on Blackness,” and Theresa Runstedtler, who will talk about “Jack Johnson’s Global Legacy and What it Means for Today.” This event is open to the public.

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