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In the Media

On Athlete Activism, Harry Edwards Delivers an Important Message

(Boston Globe) | By Christopher L. Gasper He is one of the most pivotal and influential figures in the last half-century of American sports. Yet you can’t buy his throwback jersey or find his old trading card. He doesn’t have a signature sneaker that enjoys reverence almost 15 years after he last played like Michael Jordan. But few have done more than Harry Edwards, the renowned sociologist, civil rights activist, and inveterate advocate for the black athlete, to change the way athletes are viewed — not just as one-dimensional performers, but as three-dimensional people with beliefs.

2018-01-26T18:17:41+00:00 September 14, 2017|

ISSSSC News

Game Changers Panel Discussion

(ISSSSC) The specific focus of the panel discussion was to explore the misconceptions and misunderstandings that unknowingly characterize relationships between the media and athletes of diverse backgrounds. In the absence of real dialogue between the two groups, stereotypes and misrepresentations are instilled and normalized by the sports media. The goal of this discussion was to expose and explode the myths cloaking athletes and those who report on them. ISSSSC and BABJA were excited to present this panel that took a look at difficult issues from an important perspective. Panelists Include: Harry Edwards Talia Caldwell Jason Jones Marc J.

2018-01-26T23:42:04+00:00 July 26, 2017|

ISSSSC News

The Inaugural Sports and the Role Societal Issues Play Event in Coordination with the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards

(ISSSSC) In July, a research team led by Ted Butryn, interim founding director of the ISSSSC and SJSU kinesiology professor, was invited to Los Angeles to participate in the inaugural Sports and the Role Societal Issues Play event in coordination with the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards. Butryn, along with fellow SJSU Department of Kinesiology faculty members Vernon Andrews, Cole Armstrong and Matthew Masucci, moderated breakout sessions of corporate social responsibility professionals from numerous pro teams, leagues and corporate partners, and then delivered a presentation entitled “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Age of Athlete Activism” to the 40 attendees. They recently submitted an article

2018-01-29T23:13:18+00:00 July 12, 2017|

In the Media

The Conversation: Colin Kaepernick’s Stand Still Making Waves

(NFL Network) It's been roughly six months since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest went public, and things haven't been the same since. More NFL players decided to follow his lead in bringing attention to the issue of unarmed African-Americans dying at the hands of police. Athletes in other sports also joined in, while police officers, military veterans and ordinary citizens talked about the problem from their own perspectives. There was plenty of dialogue and debate, fury and frustration. But what became clear in all this is something even Kaepernick couldn't have known: The world of

2018-01-26T18:12:54+00:00 February 26, 2017|

In the Media

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown Help SJSU Announce Launch of New Institute

SAN JOSE (KRON) — Sports legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Brown helped San Jose State University announce the opening of a new Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change this week. SJSU held a star-studded town hall meeting to celebrate the launch, featuring panel discussions by athletes and management from the NBA, NFL, NHL and the Olympics at the Hammer Theatre Center on campus. SJSU alumnus and record-setting discus thrower Harry Edwards co-founded the Olympic Project for Human Rights in 1967 with Tommie Smith and John Carlos. The two icons stars joined a group

2018-01-24T21:57:06+00:00 January 26, 2017|

In the Media

Athlete Activism All About Men, Apparently

(37 Words) A new Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change at San Jose State University launched yesterday, but media coverage of the kick-off event gives the impression that only men are athletes and activists. A featured panel of “leaders and legends” in sports was all men, a slap that stings extra in 2017, the 45th anniversary of Title IX. The half-day program focused on activism against racism, which was wonderful (though a bit confusing at first, since nothing in the Institute’s name or description suggested limiting the topic of Social Change to race issues). The

2018-01-26T17:15:36+00:00 January 26, 2017|

In the Media

Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Join with San Jose State to Launch Social Activism Institute

(ESPN, The Undefeated) It’s been hard to spot a headline lately that doesn’t include the words activism, protest, boycott or social justice. Some conditions have improved, but racial tension and pleas for equality prompt plenty of unanswered questions. To help find answers beyond the headlines, sociologist and civil rights activist Harry Edwards and San Jose State University (SJSU) launched the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change on Tuesday. >> Read Full Article by Maya Jones

2018-01-26T17:35:47+00:00 January 26, 2017|

In the Media

Locker Room Talk: Jim Brown Met with Trump Because “I’m Interested in Helping My People”

(ESPN, The Undefeated) What are we willing to die for in the age of Donald Trump? This was the overarching question that repeatedly came to mind Tuesday afternoon as I listened to an impressive panel of journalists, former and current athletes celebrate the launch of the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change at San Jose State University. The Institute is the creation of Harry Edwards, professor emeritus at the university and a renowned sociologist who is most associated with the study of political activism in sports beginning in the late 1960s. A nearly full house

2018-01-26T17:51:30+00:00 January 26, 2017|