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Sport for peace students shine at symposium


Sport for peace students shine at symposium

On Friday 30 November 2012, nearly 60 students, academics, policy makers, and interested members of the public gathered at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center for the ‘Sport and National Identity in a Global World’ Symposium.

The aim of the symposium was to create an opportunity for the next generation of sport scholars and professionals to share their work with a broader audience while making connections with others across campus and the Washington Metro area who are similarly interested in understanding the importance of sport in society and creating positive social change through sport. The event featured nine presentations from outstanding Georgetown University and University of Maryland students who provided the audience with a plethora of fascinating insights into the complexities of sport in global and local contexts in the 21st century. 

In attendance were some of the worlds most prominent sport scholars, including Professor David Andrews, Dr. Shannon Jette, and Dr. Michael Friedman from the University of Maryland and Dr. Alexis Lyras from Georgetown’s Conflict Resolution Program. The event was also attended by a number of key individuals working to improve the lives of individuals and communities through sport, including members of State Department, Sports United, and Partners of the Americas.

According to Trina Bolton, Officer for the State Bureau, Sports United: “The symposium was a super interesting series of presentations. I was impressed by the diversity and depth of material that was presented. I love a synergy of policymakers and scholars and bright students and actual ‘fieldworkers."

[This is an edited version of the article.]

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Holly Thorpe


Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 23:00