In Our Wheelhouse: Doing Sports Histories for Popular Audiences

Endorsed by the Western History Association

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Race; Social and Cultural; Sports and Recreation


In recent years, resurging activist athletes have joined and amplified protests against police brutality and impacted electoral politics in historic ways. As COVID-19 spread globally, it was the disruption of sports that changed the tone of public discourse and underscored its severity. And it was the return of sports that created loud public forums for the examination of labor, public health and power. This roundtable will consider the role of sports in times of crisis, the importance of bringing critical sports histories to popular audiences, and the possibilities (and pitfalls) of doing public facing work in this moment.

Session Participants

Chair: Kevin Merida, Los Angeles Times

Panelist: Amy Bass, Manhattanville College

Panelist: Amira Rose Davis, University of Texas- Austin

Panelist: Frank Andre Guridy, Columbia University

Panelist: Louis Moore, Grand Valley State University

Panelist: Derrick Edward White, University of Kentucky