Sports, Power, and Resistance: Legacies and Possible Futures

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Sports, Power, and Resistance: Legacies and Possible Futures

September 22, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm


Friday, September 22, 2023 -10:00am to 1:30pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

The symposium will contextualize the contemporary politicized sportscape within a long and significant history of political movements through sports. By bringing together research on political activism in sports in the past and present, we hope to think through the possibilities for a new understanding of social relations through and in sport.


10:15am – 1:00pm  Welcomes and Panel #1: Imagining Belonging

Michael Butterworth (University of Texas, Austin): “The Team That United a City: On Sports Documentaries and the Rhetorical Construction of Unity”

Theresa Runstedtler (American University): “Black vs. White Ball: Race and the 1974 NBA Finals”

Ashley Brown (University of Wisconsin, Madison): “A Patriot’s Game: Tennis, Physical Fitness, and ‘Good Citizenship’ during World War II”

Abraham Kahn (University of Arkansas): “Sundays and Saturdays: Brian Flores, The Epistemology of Ignorance, and the Racial Politics of Labor in the National Football League”

This event is open to the public.

Contact Information

Group Name: Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Group Type: Non-profit corporations

Primary Contact Name: Erin Hackathorn

Primary Contact Phone: 319-335-2566

Secondary Contact Name: Thomas Oates


September 22, 2023
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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