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Lecture Series

Thursday, February 2
7:30 p.m. | McGuinn 121


College Sports: Money Changers in the Temple?
A presentation by Charles Clotfelter

Charles Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Law at Duke University. He is also a research associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research has covered the economics of education, public finance, the economics of state lotteries, tax policy and charitable behavior, and policies related to the nonprofit sector.


Wednesday, March 21
7:30 p.m. | Devlin 008 


University Fault Lines: Escalating Tensions Between Athletics & Academics
A presentation by Jay Coakley

Jay Coakley has published many articles and book chapters primarily on sport, society, and culture. He is the author of Sport In Society: Issues and Controversies (7th edition), a widely used text in the sociology of sport. He co-authored Making Decisions: The Response of Young People in the Medway Towns to the "Ever Thought Of Sport?" Campaign, and co-edited Inside Sports and the Handbook of Sports Studies.


Tuesday, March 27
7:30 p.m. | Higgins 300


College Sport In The Age of The Super Conference: What Will Be Left Standing In The End?
A presentation by Ellen Staurowsky

Dr. Ellen J. Staurowsky is presently a professor in the Department of Sport Management in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel University.
She is co-author of College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA Amateur Myth and the recently released National College Players' Association report entitled "The Price of Poverty in Big-Time College Sport."


For more information contact Michael Malec.

What is Athletics and the Academy: Towards 20/20?

Athletics and the Academy: Towards 2020 is a series of presentations by sports scholars, administrators, and others. Towards 2020 is a play on words. It asks that we look to the near future and at the same time 20/20 is the clear vision that hindsight provides.

We will ask our guest speakers to address two key questions:

  • What will be the “state of the academy” with regard to the role of athletics in the year 2020?
  • What should be the “state of the academy” with regard to the role of athletics in the year 2020?

We will ask our guests to take a realistic look at the future of the relationship between athletics and higher education and to offer their vision of what a better, more ideal relationship between athletics and higher education would look like. We will ask them to explain how and why intercollegiate sport has changed as a result of the introduction of mass media coverage and commercial expansion. In particular, to what extent has the marketing of college sports interfered with (or possibly enhanced) the academic mission of higher education?
In articulating their visions, we will ask our guests to address the following questions: 

  • How and why did college sport shift from an amateur pastime to a multi-billion dollar corporate enterprise? 
  • What are the benefits and costs of this shift?
  • To what extend has college sports evolved into an enterprise with a primary purpose to sort and channel athletes into the professional ranks?