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CANCELED: Sports and Society Committee to host luncheon and discussion March 19

Mar. 9, 2020—Faculty are invited to join a roundtable session on Thursday, March 19, focusing on research success stories from the Sports and Society Micro-Grant Program.

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‘Perry Wallace Way’ dedicated in honor of first African American varsity basketball player in the SEC

Feb. 24, 2020—More than 200 people gathered in front of Vanderbilt University’s Memorial Gym Feb. 22 for the dedication of Perry Wallace Way, the portion of 25th Avenue South recently named in honor of Vanderbilt trailblazer and Nashville native Perry Wallace, the first African American to play varsity basketball in the Southeastern Conference.

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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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Islamic Center of Nashville president to explore intersection of Islam and Olympics April 11

Apr. 5, 2019—Vanderbilt alumnus and Islamic Center of Nashville President Rashed Fakhruddin will be the featured speaker at the next Sports and Society program on April 11 at the Islamic Center of Nashville.

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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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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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