Sports, Race and Society Lectures

American athletes, and black athletes in particular, have a storied history of utilizing their platform for the purpose of political expression. A new academic and current affairs forum at Princeton University, The Sports, Race and Society Lecture made possible by the Stephen C. Mills ’81 Fund, will explore the implications and possibilities of uniting sport with the American experiment, the obligation that executives in the governance of sport ought to fulfill to athletes and communities, and the impact of athletes as citizens and influential community members. The Center for African American Studies at Princeton University along with the Princeton University Department of Athletics are committed, with the support of the Mills Fund, to continuing this forum for years to come, as a newly endowed lecture series at the University.

 


Race & The NFL: A Conversation with Michael Bennett

March 11, 2019

Bennett, a defensive end who made sports headlines last week when he was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the New England Patriots, flexed a different set of muscles on the Princeton stage. In a wide-ranging conversation, Bennett and Eddie Glaude Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, professor of religion and chair of the Department of African American Studies, explored the influence and relationship of the NFL to issues around race and the black experience.

Bennett and Eddie Glaude Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, professor of religion and chair of the Department of African American Studies, explored the influence and relationship of the NFL to issues around race.

 


Political Expression and Activism in Today’s NBA with Adam Silver

The inaugural event in the series, a conversation with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, New York Knicks General Manager Steve Mills ’81, ESPN analyst Craig Robinson ’83, and Eddie S. Glaude Jr., chair of the Center for African American Studies. The Ford Family Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux ’91 will give opening remarks.