Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Not Just a Game: The Political Education of Sports
We’ve been told that in the arena of sports, it’s all about things like achievement, athletic performance, competition, individualism, teamwork. Playing the game, and playing it well, is all that matters. But according to Dave Zirin of The Nation — the magazine’s first sportswriter in its 150-year history — that notion is flat-out wrong. Zirin is host of Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio, and his blog is read by thousands of people each week. Zirin received the 2011 award for Excellence in Sports Journalism in Print/Online Media from Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism, which recognized his commitment to delineating the connection between politics and sports and his often controversial stances.
His most recent book on sports and social justice is The John Carlos Story: The Sports Movement That Changed the World, published in September and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Zirin co-authored the book with Olympic bronze medalist John Carlos, one of the two African-American athletes who raised their fists toward the sky while receiving their medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
Zirin’s other books include Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love (2010), and A People’s History of Sports in the United States (2008), which forms the basis of a 2010 documentary co-written and narrated by Zirin called Not Just a Game: Power, Politics and American Sports. Utne Reader named Zirin one of the 50 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World.
BLOG — THE NATION
NPR — JOHN CARLOS + DAVE ZIRIN:
NO REGRETS ON OLYMPIC SALUTE
(December 7, 2011)
BLOG — THE EDGE OF SPORTS
VIDEO PREVIEW — NOT JUST A GAME
VENUE INFORMATION + DIRECTIONS
$8 General Public
$6 UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4 UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are half price until the day of the event
This event will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are also available upon request.
Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, The Forum is funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio, WHYS Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support.