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Sports and Society Initiative

Listen: VU Theatre production inspired by Vanderbilt women bowlers

Oct. 2, 2019—"Bowling for Beginners," a new play based partly on experiences of the Vanderbilt women’s bowling team—which has won two national titles—opens Friday at Neely Auditorium.

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Chancellor’s Lecturer Terry Crews urges Vanderbilt to embrace ‘culture of caring’

Sep. 11, 2019—Athlete, actor and activist Terry Crews shared his personal story as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series Monday evening, encouraging increased respect and compassion for others.

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U.S. Olympic Committee general counsel to speak April 2 at Sports and Society event

Mar. 19, 2019—U.S. Olympic Committee General Counsel Chris McCleary is the featured speaker at the next program in the yearlong Sports and Society Initiative series. His talk is set for April 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McGugin Center.

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Legacy of 2016 Rio Olympics to be examined at March 28 Sports and Society event

Mar. 18, 2019—Vanderbilt's Sports and Society Initiative will host “The Legacy of the Rio Olympics: Was it Worth it?” on Thursday, March 28, featuring Distinguished Professor of History Marshall Eakin and Chris Gaffney, clinical associate professor at the Tisch Center for Hospitality at New York University.

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Attorney who helped Atlanta win ’96 Olympic bid to give Sports and Society talk March 12

Mar. 6, 2019—Attorney Charlie Battle will share the inside story of how Atlanta became the first Southern U.S. city to host the Olympics in his March 12 talk, “The World Came to Atlanta; And What it Left Behind.”

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Learn how Olympic boycotts have impacted culture and society at Feb. 28 Sports and Society event

Feb. 24, 2019—What role did the Olympic ban on South Africa play in the demise of Apartheid? What made the U.S. movement to boycott the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin unsuccessful? Visiting author Andrew Maraniss will examine these questions at the next Sports and Society Initiative event on Thursday, Feb. 28.

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Muhammad Ali topic of Sports and Society Initiative event Feb. 12

Feb. 4, 2019—Muhammad Ali, one of the most recognizable figures of the 20th century, is the subject of the next Sports and Society Initiative program, “Muhammad Ali and the Olympics,” on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the McGugin Center’s Football Meeting Room.

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Olympics and Judaism subject of Sports and Society event with political scientist Bruce Oppenheimer Jan. 31

Jan. 22, 2019—Exploring the intersection of the Olympics and Judaism is the focus of a Jan. 31 lecture hosted by the Sports and Society Initiative and featuring Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science.

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Sports and Society Initiative continues yearlong Olympics series Jan. 15 with VU professor Lutz Koepnick

Jan. 7, 2019—The Vanderbilt University Sports and Society Initiative continues its yearlong series “A World of Possibilities: Examining the Olympics from Diverse Angles” on Jan. 15 with Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in German and Professor of Cinema and Media Arts Lutz Koepnick.

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Vanderbilt writer-in-residence talks ‘Flags and Anthems’ at upcoming Sports and Society event

Nov. 19, 2018—Vanderbilt Writer-In-Residence Alice Randall, a best-selling author and award-winning songwriter, will lead a Sports and Society lecture on “Flags and Anthems" Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Upcoming Sports and Society Initiative program to explore role of media in the Olympics

Oct. 30, 2018—The Sports and Society Initiative will provide a behind-the-scenes look at media coverage of the Olympics on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the First Amendment Center.

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Film director, producer Tom Neff to lead discussion on Coach Ed Temple and TSU Tigerbelles Oct. 18

Oct. 11, 2018—Vanderbilt’s Sports and Society Initiative will host a program centered on former Tennessee State University track and field coach Ed Temple and the famed TSU Tigerbelles on Thursday, Oct. 18.

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