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Arthur Miller Dialogue on “Sports, Media and Race: The Impact on America”

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Event: Arthur R. Miller, one of the nation’s most distinguished legal scholars and a renowned commentator on the law and society, will moderate a panel discussion on “Sports, Media and Race: The Impact on America.”

Harry Edwards, author of “The Revolt of the Black Athlete” and architect of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, which led to the Black Power Salute protest by African-American athletes at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, is one of the featured panelists. Edwards, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, has taken vocal and dissonant positions on the relationship of African American athletes to American culture. He has been a proponent of black participation in the management of professional sports.

This event is free and open to the public.

When: 3:30-5 p.m., Nov. 11.

Where: Lyndon B. Johnson Auditorium at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Free parking is available in lot 38. University maps are available online.

Background: The “Sports, Media and Race: The Impact on America” panel features a group of participants with national, regional and local perspective and resonance, including:

  • Otis Birdsong, four-time National Basketball Association all-star
  • Bob Boland, professor of sports management and sports business at New York University
  • Talmage Boston, author and baseball historian
  • Clayborne Carson, professor of history and director of the MLK Research and Education Institute at Stanford University
  • Rob Fink, assistant professor of education at Hardin Simmons University and author of “Playing in Shadows: Texas and Negro League Baseball”
  • Fran Harris, Longhorn women’s basketball player who led her team to its first NCAA championship with the first perfect season in women’s NCAA history
  • Norm Hitzges, radio host at KTCK 1310 AM in Dallas
  • Jane Leavy, author of “The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle”
  • Ted Shaker, former executive producer of CBS Sports
  • Craig Watkins, associate professor of radio-TV-film at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Julius Whittier, Dallas County assistant district attorney and the first black athlete to letter in football at The University of Texas at Austin

The event is sponsored by the Texas Program in Sports and Media, the College of Communication and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.