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The Forum presents sports journalist Dave Zirin March 28

March 16, 2012
 Dave Zirin
Dave Zirin
EAU CLAIRE — Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine and a prominent authority on politics in sports, will speak March 28 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Forum will present his lecture, titled "Not Just a Game: The Political Education of Sports," at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Named one of the Utne Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World," Zirin is The Nation's first sports writer in the magazine's 150-year history. He hosts Sirius XM Radio's popular weekly show "Edge of Sports Radio" and his blog is read by thousands of people each week. Called "the best sportswriter in the United States" by sports journalist Robert Lipsyte, Zirin also is a columnist for SLAM Magazine and The Progressive.

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.

Zirin's most recent book on sports and social justice is "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Movement That Changed the World," published in September 2011 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 formed the basis of a documentary co-written and narrated by Zirin called "Not Just a Game: Power, Politics and American Sports."

He has brought his blend of sports and politics to TV shows including MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes," "The Rachel Maddow Show," "Morning Joe," "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," C-SPAN's "Book TV" and "Democracy Now!" with Amy Goodman. Zirin has also been on numerous radio programs including National Public Radio's "Tell Me More," "Talk of the Nation" and "All Things Considered." His writing also has appeared in Vibe Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday and the Baltimore Sun.

Zirin's presentation will conclude the 70th season of The Forum. Established in 1942, The Forum maintains a tradition of being one of the longest continuous lecture series in the United States. A typical Forum includes a 60-minute lecture, a 30-minute question-and-answer session and an open reception. The program will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large print programs also are available upon request.

Tickets are $8 for the public; $6 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff; and $4 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Student tickets are half price, $2, until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students must pay the full student ticket price.

Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and also will be sold at the door.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa when they purchase online or order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all online and telephone charge orders.

Wisconsin Public Radio, Community Television and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support for The Forum. The Forum is also funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin.

Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, The Forum is administered by the Activities, Involvement, and Leadership office of the University Centers.

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