Tuesday, May 8 at 10:00am to 5:30pm
From Jackie Robinson to Colin Kaepernick, sport has activism in its very DNA. We can trace may instances of social justice progress to the stage that sport provides: racial integration in Major League Baseball; Title IX protection for female athletes; the right to opt out of military service; multiple issues related to sexual orientation; new sportswear that allows athletes of all faiths to compete on the field of play; and many more.
Activism within sport remains a lightning rod for controversy due to its high-profile nature. It continues to spark questions about whether we ought to have political discussions in a sports environment at all. Topics ranging from the Black Lives Matter movement, to National Anthem protests, gender-inclusive restrooms, and silenced sexual violence have dominated the headlines this year.
Join the Lundquist College of Business's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for a day of joint programming centered around the role of activism in sports.
As part of the university's Freedom of Expression Series, talks will seek to create a dialogue around the history and legacy of activism in sports, how this activism impacts the business ecosystem around sport, and to understand how athletes today view their opportunities and responsibilities.
Seminar Panel: "How Athletes Today View Activism"
10:00-11:30 a.m. - Jaqua Center, Harrington Auditorium
Moderated by former three-sport UO athlete and retired NFL player Jordan Kent, this panel will feature current collegiate and professional athletes who have all engaged in various forms of activism. We will discuss their views on the opportunities and responsibilities that athletes have today, the platforms with which athletes can reach people with their message and how the modern environment for activism may differ from the past. Panelists include:
Seminar Panel: "The Impact of Activism on Sports Business"
1:00-2:30 p.m. - Ford Alumni Center, Ballroom
This panel session will feature guest speakers from sponsor brands, media, sports teams, and leagues. We will discuss the ways in which activism by athletes and sports organizations impacts the business ecosystem within sports. Speakers include:
Keynote Address and Reception: "From Robinson to Kaepernick: The Evolution to Athlete Activism"
4:00-5:30 p.m. - Ford Alumni Center, Ballroom
Dr. Harry Edwards (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En5kTQFaqvE)—the architect of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, which led to the Black Power Salute protest by two African-American athletes at the 1968 Summer Olympics—will present and lead a public forum hosted by University of Oregon professor of history Curtis Austin and professor of journalism and faculty athletic representative Tim Gleason.