Harry Edwards, '64 Sociology, '16 Honorary Doctorate, sat down with Michelle Martin on the PBS program Amanpour & Co. to discuss the many links between sport and social justice.
As painful as it is to recall—and in some ways, relive—her personal trauma, when Brenda Tracy began sharing her story with college football teams and coaches across the nation, she discovered opportunities to encourage a proactive dialogue about sexual violence.
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(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.
(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.
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
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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