OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU lecture series begins with talk of taking sport seriously

04/16/1999

CORVALLIS - Michael Oriard, distinguished professor of American literature and culture at Oregon State University, will open the OSU College of Liberal Arts Spring Lecture Series Tuesday, April 20, with a discussion on the study of sports in the humani ties.

Oriard's talk, "Taking Sport Seriously," will be held in Memorial Union Room 206 at 7:30 p.m. It will be the first of three lectures in the series. The other lectures in the series will be held Wednesday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 18.

Oriard has taught courses in American literature and culture and has written on the subject of taking sport seriously for more than 20 years. His recent work has been concerned not only with reading the literature of sport but also with some of the mos t highly charged issues in the representation of sport in the media and on college campuses. Those issues include race, masculinity, and athletics as a vehicle for social reform.

The College of Liberal Arts Spring Lecture Series is designed to provide an opportunity for faculty to talk publicly about the evolution of their life's work and demonstrate the very human nature of academic life. The College of Liberal Arts Dean's Off ice and the College of Liberal Arts Center for Teaching Excellence are co-sponsoring the series.

For more information, contact Anita Helle at 541-737-1630.