'Material Culture of Sports'
Center's fall lecture series to examine 'Material Culture of Sports'
9:03 a.m., Aug. 17, 2012--Following the summer London Olympics and continuing its tradition of public engagement and outreach, the University of Delaware Center for Material Culture Studies will offer a series of talks on “The Material Culture of Sports” this fall.
While the 50-minute talks constitute a one-credit undergraduate class, they are also open to the public free of charge. Participants may come to any or all of interest.
National training ground
“The games in London set the stage for our series, which opens with a discussion about international differences in the value of Olympic gold,” says Debby Andrews, director of the center. “This is the fifth in a highly successful series of such talks aimed to help participants better understand their relationship to the things in their lives. Last year it was shopping; this year, it’s sports.”
The talks will be offered throughout the fall semester on Wednesdays, from 1:25-2:15 p.m., in Room 112 of Memorial Hall. Parking is available in the Visitor’s Lot across the street.
Presentations are scheduled as follows:
Aug. 29: Matt Robinson, director of the Institute for Global Studies and professor of sport management in the Department of Business Administration, “The Value Internationally of an Olympic Gold Medal.”
Sept. 5: Tom Pauly, Professor Emeritus of English, “The Early Evolution of American Sports from Leisure Recreation to Strenuous Competition.”
Sept. 12: David Smith, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, “Baseball Scorecards: Advertisements as Social Commentary.”
Sept. 19: Mark Bowden, writer and supplemental faculty in the Department of English, “Inside the National Football League.”
Sept. 26: David Ames, professor and director of the Center for Historic Architecture and Design, “Take Me Out to the Old Ballpark.”
Oct. 3: Hye-Shin Kim, professor, and Sharron Lennon, Irma Ayers Professor, both in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, “Sportswear: Brand Fit and Counterfeit.”
Oct. 10: John Jebb, assistant professor in the Department of English, “Sports in American Literature: Books and Values.”
Oct. 17: Alison Kreitzer, doctoral student in the College of Arts and Sciences, “Dirt Track Racing.”
Oct. 24: James Angelini, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, “Sports, Gender, and Television.”
Oct. 31: Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Special Collections, UD Library, and Ray Nichols, Lead Graffiti, “Working with Special Collections: Not Just a Spectator Sport.” For background on the Tour de Lead Graffiti, see the website.
Nov. 7: Kyle Herring, UD student and skater, “Myth, Memory, and Memorabilia: The 1980 Olympic ‘Miracle on Ice’ in Lake Placid.”
Nov. 14: Anne Krulikowski, supplemental faculty in the Department of History, “The American Country Club: Architecture for Suburban Sports.”
Dec. 5: Alex McKee, assistant professor in the Department of English, “From Tea Parties to Tournaments: Tennis, Modernity, and Gender.”