2001 - The Sporting Life
2009 Humanities Symposium


The Viterbo University School of Letters and Sciences presents

The Sporting Life: Gender, Race, and Ethics in American Sports

Feb. 5–8, 2001

In an era of commercialism, heightened competition, and multimillion dollar contracts, sports is hardly a game, anymore, it's a business. Join us as we explore "The Sporting Life." All events are open to the public and are free unless otherwise noted.

Monday, Feb. 5
2 p.m. Gender, Race & Ethics in American Sports
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Panelists: Tonya Moten Brown, Vice president and chief of staff, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis; Jearold Holland, department chair, Recreation, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; Sara Sullivan, psychology professor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Response Panel: Michael Collins, chemistry professor; April Denny-Ferris, English Professor; Marlene Fisher, criminal justice professor; Rich Johnson, YMCA Youth Director
7 p.m. Sexism and the American Culture of Sports
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Mariah Burton Nelson – a female sportswriter and former college professional basketball player. She is an author of several books including, The Stronger Women Get the More Men Love Football.
Tuesday, Feb. 6
11:30 a.m. Yesterday's Negro League Baseball
Fine Arts Center Lobby
Join Dennis Biddle for a baseball-style lunch or dinner and a discussion of the courageous individuals who played in the Negro league. A collection of Biddle's baseball memorabilia will be on display in the FAC Lobby throughout the day. Biddle is founder and president of yesterday's Negro League Baseball. He played for the Chicago American Giants as a pitcher. He earned the nickname "The Man Who Beat the Man Who Beat the Man" when he beat Gerald McKinnis, a pitcher who was one of the few to beat Satchel Paige.
5:30 p.m. Yesterday's Negro League Baseball
Fine Arts Center Lobby
Wednesday, Feb. 7
1:10 p.m. The Image of Women Athletes in Young Adult Literature
Murphy Center 417
Grant Smith, Viterbo English professor
7:30 p.m. The North American Hunting Ethic
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Jim Posewitz – A Wisconsin native and a resident of Montana, Posewitz found Orion, The Hunters Institute, after serving as a biologist in the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks for 32 years. His acclaimed book Beyond Fair Chase: The Ethic and Tradition of Hunting, published in 1994, is widely used in the hunter education community. (This event is partially sponsored by Gander Mountain and Outers.)
Thursday, Feb. 8
9:30 a.m. Jackie Robinson
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Performed by the Mixed Blood Theatre, a professional, multi-racial theatre group from the Twin Cities, the Jackie Robinson story is one of nine educational plays the group tours and presents to youth and adults throughout the country. It tells the story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

This Humanities Symposium is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. It is also supported by Denzer Memorial Endowment Funds.