Critical Sport Communities: New Directions in Sports Scholarship, Journalism and Activism

Sports media remains the most consumed category of news; however, it has undergone a revolution in recent years. With the advent of streaming, the standby of sports reporting, and the match or game summary, long-form journalism and multi-media features with interpretation have increasingly become valuable. Because the form requires deeper understanding of the social context in which sport operates, academics have become drawn to this type of writing. As sports integrated women, African Americans, Latinx, LGBTQ+ athletes, and individuals with disabilities, the field began to attract scholars from a variety of disciplines. This two-day symposium brings together a diverse group of scholars, journalists, and activists for workshops and public panels.

Thursday, March 7, at Hofstra University

The sessions on Thursday, March 7 are free, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.

March 7 Schedule


11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m., Plaza Rooms, Mack Student Center

I: Gender & Sexualities in Sport

Shireen Ahmed, Freelance Writer and Sports Activist

Katrina Karkazis, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Jessica Luther, The Center for Sports Communication & Media, University of Texas

Katie Barnes, Journalist for,, and ESPN Magazine

Lindsay Gibbs, Sportswriter, ThinkProgress

Moderator: Brenda Elsey, Associate Professor of History, Hofstra University; Symposium Co-Director


2:20-4:10 p.m., Plaza Rooms, Mack Student Center

II: Race and Black Freedom Struggle in Sport

Amira Rose Davis, Penn State University

Theresa Runstedtler, American University

Frank Guridy, Columbia University; Symposium Co-Director

Moderator: Amy Bass, Professor of History, The College of New Rochelle

Admission to these conferences/symposia is free to the public.


For more information, please call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit


The second day of the conference, Friday, March 8, will be held at Columbia University

 For more information: Critical Sport Communities: New Directions in Sports Scholarship, Journalism and Activism flyer


Thursday, March 07, 2019



Middle Plaza Room, Student Center
Mack Student Center
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Hofstra Cultural Center

Phone: 516-463-5669
Website: Click to Visit
No Attendence Limit
6 of Unlimited Spaces Requested

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