The current controversy involving NFL players and owners protesting the national anthem and President Trump’s reaction is just the latest milestone in our country’s long and complicated history of grappling with the intersection of race, sports and politics.
On Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., Wake Forest University will convene in Wait Chapel a timely panel of professional athletes, sports writers and activists to rethink the role of sports in community and address related tensions head-on.
Dave Zirin, author, podcaster and political sports writer for The Nation, and Melissa Harris-Perry, faculty director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, will moderate the discussion featuring:
The panel is part of the Rethinking Community Conference (Oct. 19-21), when Wake Forest is bringing together thought leaders across the ideological spectrum to explore what it means to live in a society that is more diverse, polarized, global and virtual than ever before. Journalists, politicians, scholars and public intellectuals will discuss some of the most crucial issues influencing academic, political and civic spheres as part of Wake Forest’s yearlong focus on “Rethinking Community.”
In addition to sports and community, the conference will feature timely discussions about free speech and safe spaces, the fight to end or defend DACA, and a conversation about free press and fake news.
The panel is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Other events on Friday and Saturday are also free and open to the public, though registration is required.
Other speakers include:
The conference website features a detailed schedule, comprehensive list of speakers and registration details: rethinkconference.wfu.edu
The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost’s Rethinking Community Initiative, the Eudaimonia Institute, and the Pro Humanitate Institute.