More than just fun and games
Sports is fun! But our sport management faculty do some serious research. And they’re openly sharing it.
Introducing our Sport Management Research Meetings
These meetings are an initiative launched by the Sport Management program. They occur monthly and feature faculty and student presentations of ongoing and completed research projects. All are welcome to attend.
Scott Jedlicka — Feb. 8, 2017 — 4:00-5:00 p.m. — Cleveland 255
“Sport Governance as Global Governance: Theoretical Perspectives on Sport in the International System”
A recently-declassified U.S. intelligence report suggests that Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was a retaliation to (among other things) this summer’s Olympic doping scandal involving Russian athletes. This is just the most recent prominent example of how international sport can matter to international politics.
In his lecture, Dr. Scott Jedlicka will argue that understanding sport’s political impacts requires us to think about international sport not just as a series of competitions, but as a legitimate political institution.
Thabiti Lewis — March 8, 2017 — 4:00-5:00 p.m. — Cleveland 255
“When Athletes Speak Out…”
Is the activism of millennial athletes being ignored? Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks believes, “players that are trying to take a stand and trying to be aware of social issues and try to make a stand and increase peoples’ awareness and put a spotlight on it, and they’re being ignored.”
Dr. Thabiti Lewis argues that the protests of contemporary athletes are certainly not the first in sports to take a huge risk to speak out against racial injustice and inequality. They follow a long line of past sports stars to do so. Countless others before them have shown that sports can raise spirits or cultivate jingoism, as well as raise the populace’s consciousness around issues of human rights and inequity. He will examine how contemporary sports activism has politicized the public—good and bad.