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Sports Studies Symposium on 4/28 explores philosophy, ethics and rhetorical issues of sport

Wednesday, April 25, 2012  
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For immediate release – 4/25/12
Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., – Hosted by two Rockford College professors and featuring guest speakers from five universities, the Sports Studies Symposium: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Study of Sport brings together a panel of scholars to discuss philosophical themes or issues arising in the study of sport and to discuss themes or issues arising in the study of the rhetoric of sport, including "Tebowmania” and the recent Penn State Scandal. The symposium is free and open to the public and takes place on Saturday, April 28 in Grace Roper Lounge, located on the first floor of the Blanch Walker Burpee Center, Rockford College, 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

The morning panel, held from 10 -11:30 a.m., will focus on sports ethics and the philosophy of sport and will be hosted by Rockford College Assistant Professor of Philosophy Shawn Klein, Ph.D. Panelists include Erin Flynn (Ohio Wesleyan University): On the Suárez Handball; Tatiana Patrone (Ithaca College): On What Running Could Be; and a presentation of a paper by Christopher Johnson (University of Alberta): Virtuous Victory.

The afternoon panel, held from 12:30 -2 p.m., will focus on the rhetoric of sport and will be hosted by Rockford College Assistant Professor of English Michael Perry, Ph.D. Panelists include Christine Neejer (Michigan State University): Mary Sargent Hopkins, Bicycling, and the Rhetoric of Expertise; Christopher Galrand (University of Florida): With God on the Sideline: Religious Rhetoric in Tewbowmania and the Penn State Scandal; and Jo Ann Oravec (University of Wisconsin, Whitewater): Blogging in the Backfield: Social Media in Sport Contexts.

Whether one is a participant, a casual spectator, a die-hard fan, or a critic, sport, in all its varieties and forms, play a significant role in the lives of most people throughout the world. Sports and competitions have long been a part of human civilization and raise a wide range of important philosophical and ethical issues. The rhetorical devices employed within and around sports are complex and far-reaching, establishing connections across myriad of discourses.

Dr. Klein notes, "Offering this kind of conference helps increase interest and awareness about the philosophy and ethics that are an important part of sports studies. Not only are these fun and interesting classes to teach, it gives our student-athletes a unique perspective on sport and allows us to delve into the increasing ethical issues arising within sport.”

Questions about the Sports Studies Symposium may be directed to Dr. Shawn Klein, or Dr. Michael Perry,

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