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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

The Power of Sports: Media and Spectacle in American Culture

luncheon colloquium

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Michael Serazio
Boston College

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 12 - 1:15pm
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

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Abstract: Drawing upon dozens of interviews with media professionals and business leaders, "The Power of Sports" goes behind-the-scenes to explore how today's ubiquitous, $70 billion sports spectacle is crafted. In an era of deep fragmentation, the book provocatively analyzes how sports culture explains and reflects life across a wide range of patterns in American culture: religious experience, technological disruption, journalistic sensationalism, economic inequality, military hawkishness, and masculine ideals. Far from being about "just a game," "The Power of Sports" holds up a mirror to the sports industry and reveals the lived realities of the nation staring back at us.


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Michael Serazio is an associate professor of communication at Boston College who studies media production. A former journalist, his writing has appeared in the Journal of Communication and Critical Studies in Media Communication as well as The Washington Post and The Atlantic.

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In a recent New York Times article, Greg Easterbrook asserts that football, and all its traditions, are here to stay. He writes that football’s future is brighter than ever regardless of the recent evidence of brain trauma from concussions. Easterbrook points out that brain trauma rates are falling due to increased safety measures, such as no-contact practices, at the high school, college, and professional football levels. On Friday, October 4th, the Boisi Center will host Michael Serazio for a Lunch Colloquium, where he will present on how sports reflect and interpret American culture, religion, and politics.