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ERIC Number: EJ809892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug-7
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
When Sports and Politics Collide
Lum, Lydia
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v25 n13 p13-14 Aug 2008
With the eyes of the world focused on the Olympic Games in Beijing, Dr. Yosay Wangdi, who's of Tibetan ancestry, expects to hear from colleagues again. She also expects her students to continue discussing Tibet's longstanding conflict with China, just as they did when news reports surfaced of a crackdown that sometimes turned violent against anti-Chinese demonstrators in Tibet. For many Americans, TV and other media provide their only contact with the Olympics. Yet scholars who incorporate sports into their class lessons believe the broadcasts offer a unique glimpse into history and race relations. Indeed, the modern-day games are known as much for politics, civil rights, anti-apartheid, terrorism and boycotts as they are for seemingly superhuman sporting feats. Dr. Peniel Joseph, an associate professor of African and Afro-American studies at Brandeis University, believes the social and political undercurrents surrounding Olympic history can teach college students lessons that supplement what's covered in a classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China