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SPORT AND SOCIETY CONFERENCE Exploration and Discovery in the 21st Century

October 26, 2018

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS October 26, 2018 | 10:30 AM–6:30 PM

Morning Sessions 10:30–11:00 AM | SMITH HALL INTRODUCTION Prof. Jonathan Rosenberg, Mount Saint Vincent Dr. Kristin Lawler, Mount Saint Vincent President Charles L. Flynn, Jr., Mount Saint Vincent 11:00–11:30 AM | SMITH HALL KEYNOTE: JOE QUEENAN Fans in the 21st Century–Cultural Shifts 11:30 AM–12:15 PM | SMITH HALL PANEL 1: FANS IN THE 21st CENTURY Dr. Joel Cormier, Eastern Kentucky University Hockey Fans Prof. Daniel Mann, Mount Saint Vincent Rugby Players, Fans and Masculinity Robert Boland, Esq., Penn State University Football Fans Moderator: Joe Queenan How have the characteristics of sports fans changed since the turn of the millennium? And how has this set of changes played out differently among fans of different sports? From increasing numbers of female football fans to the impact of gaming and fantasy sports on a new generation, and from levels of intensity of fandom in different sports to the construction of masculinity among players and fans, this panel will address the social sources and consequences of these 21st century developments in the culture, politics, and economics of fandom.


Afternoon Sessions #1 1:00–1:45 PM | SMITH HALL Dr. Scott Russell, St. Mary’s College Career Opportunities for Women in Sports, U.S. vs. Australia 1:00–1:45 PM | PASTORINI Dr. Simon Pack, St. John’s University Benefits of Curling for the Disabled Athlete Population 1:00–1:45 PM | BENEDICT’S HALL Matthew Shields, Mount Saint Vincent Campus Ministry Religion and Sport

Afternoon Sessions #2 2:00–2:45 PM | PASTORINI Dr. Michael Farina, Farmingdale University Matthew Edwards, Farmingdale University Michael DeSimone, Farmingdale University Andrew Damm, Farmingdale University Gambling in American Sport Culture and Youth Sports 2:00–2:45 PM | BENEDICT’S HALL Robert Boland, Esq., Penn State University NCAA and Title IX in the 21st Century

Afternoon Sessions #3 3:00–3:45 PM | PASTORINI Prof. Jonathan Rosenberg, Mount Saint Vincent Historical Connection of the Olympics and Its Effect on Society 3:00–3:45 PM | BENEDICT’S HALL Dr. Titos Ritsatos, Mount Saint Vincent “Panem et Circenses,” The Power and Politics of Sports in Society, from Antiquity to Today 4:00–4:45 PM | SMITH HALL PANEL 2: YOUTH SPORTS IN THE 21st CENTURY Steve Young, New Rochelle High School Athletic Director Dr. Michael Farina, Farmingdale University Francisco Zeno ’19, Be You Stay True Moderator: Prof. Wayne McDonnell, Forbes Contributor Youth sports has exploded into a $15 billion industry, but possesses a myriad of challenges that go well beyond sportsmanship and fair play. As parents and coaches mightily struggle with matters pertaining to civility, communication, and collaboration in the best interests of children, young athletes are confronting enormous pressures ranging from bullying and hazing to sport specialization and travel teams. Throw in the vicious insults and comments from the rapidly changing, yet largely anonymous landscape of social media and it appears as if the fun is being taken out of youth sports by the nonparticipants.

This panel will attempt to analyze the current youth sports culture both in the urban and suburban environments as well as a global perspective. While discussing the current state of affairs, the panel will try to identify strategies and recommendations to restore the positive culture and successful mindset back to youth sports. 5:00–5:45 PM | SMITH HALL PANEL 3: ACTIVISM IN THE 21st CENTURY Dr. Oskar Harmon, University of Connecticut Dr. Lequez Spearman, St. John’s University Moderator: Dr. Kristin Lawler This panel will address the national controversy that began with Colin Kaepernick’s first protest during an NFL game in 2016. The controversy grew more intense when other players and other leagues adopted the protest, which caused a stronger reaction from the protest’s opponents. The panel will put Kaepernick’s and other players’ protests against police brutality in historical context and will discuss the role of advertising and commercialism in broadcasting dissent, the economic impact of the protests on the NFL, and the sports media discourse on the issue, as well as its effects on how the public views the issues involved. 6:00–7:00 PM | PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION ROOM CLOSING REMARKS COCKTAIL RECEPTION

SPORT AND SOCIETY CONFERENCE Exploration and Discovery in the 21st Century We would like to thank the faculty, students, and guests for attending, volunteering, and presenting research on the various issues that connect sport and society today. A special thank you to Joe Queenan, noted author and satirist, for graciously agreeing to serve as our keynote speaker. The Sport and Society Conference is co-sponsored by Mount Saint Vincent’s Department of Accounting, Business, and Economics and the Department of Sociology. For those who are unable to attend, videos of the events from the conference will be made available on YouTube and Facebook. For more information, please visit:

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