Sports and Society Initiative
Aug. 21, 2020—Memoir writing, steel drums, China’s revolutions and topics related to race, gender and sports are among the diverse Osher Lifelong Learning classes to be offered this fall.
Oct. 25, 2019—Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente announced today new appointments for the 2019-20 Sports and Society Committee, which will provide oversight to the Sports and Society Initiative. In addition, the committee will review applications for Sports and Society Micro-Grant funds, the second round for which launches today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.