Race, Power & American Sports

Session Date: 
Fri., April 5, 2013:
1:30-3 pm
Room: 
Governors Square 12
Activity: 
Film Festival

Political sportswriter Dave Zirin, whose influential blog and bestselling books have offered searing insights into the politics of American sports, examines the myriad ways sports culture has reproduced and challenged the wider culture’s dominant ideas about race and racial difference. Zirin is interviewed by communications scholar Sut Jhally, whose own work has sought to clarify the relationship between popular culture and racial attitudes.

Examining the emergence of professional sports in the 1800s and continuing all the way up to today’s commercial sports spectacles, Zirin shows how athletes of color have posed a direct threat to traditional notions of whiteness, white-male authority and American ideals of masculinity. The film is richly illustrated with archival and contemporary sports footage.

A conversation with filmmaker Dave Zirin and producer Sut Jhally will follow the screening.

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