Dave Zirin, October 2017

Independent journalist Dave Zirin gave a public lecture, “The Politics of Sports and Sports Journalism,” on Thursday, October 12.

In an open-to-the-public lecture and a spirited Q&A supper with 50 students/faculty and a journalism class, The Nation sports editor Dave Zirin discussed the latest controversies in sports and sports media. Amidst the historic rebellion of NFL football players in protest against racial injustice and President Trump, Zirin’s visit to campus couldn’t have been more timely. He addressed issues of sexism, racism, militarism and corporatism in sports, and offered a bracing history of sports and sports protest in the United States. His public lecture was titled: “The Politics of Sports and Sports Journalism.”

Zirin is the author or coauthor of eight books, including “A Peoples History of Sports in the United States”; “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down” (which Christine Brennan of USA Today called “the perfect book for our time in sports”; and “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World,” for which Zirin received an NAACP Image Award nomination.

The Ithacan’s Q&A with Dave Zirin.