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Sports’ role in society to be addressed by experts

Five speakers will deliver talks on the campus during the week of April 9-12, as part of the celebration of HWS Day, which has as its theme, “Only a Game? The Role of Sport in Society.” Speakers will address sports in relation to the economy, education, disability, sexual orientation, and Title IX.

Opening ceremonies for the week will be at 5 p.m. Monday, April 9 in the library's Geneva Room, featuring a presentation by Sophie Dennis '07 of Port Byron, one of the event organizers, addressing “The Role of Sports in Society: Embracing the Contradictions.”

Dennis, who was recently named Rochester Area College Athletics Field Hockey Athlete of the Year for the third straight year, led the Herons to an 18-4 overall record this season, a third consecutive trip to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament, and a third straight Liberty League Championship. She recently received a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Ellen Staurowsky will speak on “From Elizabeth Blackwell to Pat Summit: Perspectives on Women's Changing Role in Sport and Society,” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, also in the Geneva Room.

Staurowsky is professor and Chair of the Sport Management program at Ithaca College. She has published in several academic journals and in 2002, received the IC Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship. She frequently appears on radio and television to discuss contemporary sport issues. A member of the Cleveland Local Organizing Committee for the 2007 NCAA Women�s Final Four, and program co-chair for the Girls and Women Rock: Celebrating 35 Years of Sport and Title IX Symposium, she is the author of “College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA Amateur Myth,” with Allen Sack, (Praeger Publishers, 1998). Staurowsky is a former director of William Smith athletics.

Jay Coakley will discuss �Clearing Hurdles: Participation Barriers in 21st Century Sports� at 8 p.m. that same day, Tuesday, April 10, also in the Geneva Room.

Coakley is a professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs who has published in several journals, edited many books and presented numerous papers around the world. He is a former editor of Sociology of Sport Journal, and now sits on the editorial board of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport. His books include “Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies,” (McGraw Hill, 2003) and �Handbook of Sports Studies with Eric Dunning� (Sage, 2003).

“Opening the Locker Room Closet: The Increasing Visibility of Lesbian and Gay Athletes” will be the topic of a talk by Pat Griffin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, also in the Geneva Room. She will examine heterosexism and homophobia in athletics in a broader cultural context.

Griffin is a professor in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Her research and writing focus on heterosexism and homophobia in education, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender teachers and students, and heterosexism and homophobia in women�s sports. She has been published widely in newspapers, journals and magazines and her most recent book is �Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sports� (Human Kinetics, 1998).

The following evening, Eli Wolff will speak on “Invisible Forever: Uncovering Athletes with Disabilities in Sport,” at 8 p.m. (Thursday, April 12) in Albright Auditorium.

Wolff is a founding member and current director of the Disability in Sport program within the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University. His research, education, and advocacy activities are related to the topics of disability in sport and human rights through sport. He was a member of the United States Paralympic Soccer Team, competing in two Pan American Games, a World Cup, a World Championship, and was on the U.S. teams in the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Games.

The final speaker in this year�s series will be Andrew Zimbalist, addressing “Governing Baseball: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, also in the Geneva Room.

Zimbalist is Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College and has consulted in Latin America for the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development and numerous companies. He has also consulted in the sports industry for players� associations, cities, companies, teams and leagues. He has published several dozen articles and 17 books, the most recent of which are “In the Best Interests of Baseball? The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig,” (Wiley, 2006) and �The Bottom Line: Observations and Arguments on the Sports Business,� (Temple University Press 2006).

The week's events are sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Department of Economics, Statesmen Athletic Association, The Heron Society, Public Policy Program, the Fisher Center, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Division of Student Affairs.