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“Defining Sport” topic of third annual Sports Studies Symposium

Thursday, April 10, 2014  
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For immediate release – 4/9/14
Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., – Rockford University will host the Third Annual Sports Studies Symposium on April 25, 2014 from 1 – 5 p.m., at the Grace Roper Lounge, located in the Burpee Center on the University’s campus, 5050 East State Street. The symposium features guests from across the country. The event is free to attend and light refreshments will be served. 

Panel One – 1 p.m. – Borderline Cases
  • “Burning the Straw Man: the 10,000 hour rule, fitness, and athletics"
    Sean Beckmann, Ph.D. (Rockford University)
  • “From the Boarders: Skateboarding at the Fringe of Sport”
    Brian Glenney, Ph.D. (Gordon College) and Steve Mull (Gordon College)
  • “Sport, Seriousness, and Hopscotch Dreams”
    Major Kevin Schieman, M.A. (United States Military Academy)
Panel Two – 3 p.m. – Sport in the Culture
  • “Sport in Society: How Athletics Shapes Our World and Consciousness”
    Zachary Davies, (Rockford University Student Contest Winner)
  • “The Convergence of Mechanization and the Modern Athlete in NASCAR”
    P. Huston Ladner, M.A (University of Hawaii)
  • “The Modern Literature of Ring Sport: A Cultural Phenomenon and its Literary Forms”
    Carl Robinson, Ph.D. (Ashford University)

The Sports Studies Symposium is hosted by Rockford University professors Shawn Klein, Ph.D., and Michael Perry, Ph.D. For more information please visit or contact Dr. Shawn Klein at

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