Reflections on Race and Sport In America

April 1, 2008

Providence, Rhode Island - The Brown University Department of Athletics and the Third World Center will host a panel discussion to discuss, "Reflections on Race and Sport In America," on Monday, April 14, 2008 at Andrews Dining Hall, located on the Brown campus, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Headlining the panel is New York Times columnist William Rhoden, author of "Forty Million Dollar Slaves." The panel discussion on "Race and Sport In America" is free and open to the Brown community and general public.

Jim Campbell, Brown professor of Africana Studies and American Studies, will moderate a panel discussion that will attempt to navigate the ever-changing role race plays in professional and amateur sports in America. Joining Rhoden on the panel will be Oregon State head basketball coach Craig Robinson, the former head men's basketball coach at Brown, and brother-in-law of Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and Nicole Burns, a junior track & field standout at Brown.

Rhoden, a New York Times sports writer and columnist since 1983 and a regular contributor on ESPN's "The Sports Reporters," wrote "Forty Million Dollar Slaves," to comment on how sports stardom had brought black athletes' wealth without progress, and prosperity without freedom. His most recent book, "Third and a Mile: From Fritz Pollard to Michael Vick," chronicles the history and journey of the African American quarterback.

Campbell has authored two books and has been involved with a number of public history projects, including projects focusing on the American Revolution, the history of the Rhode Island Slave Trade and the Civil Rights movement.

Robinson has won more games in his first two years at Brown than any coach in Brown's 104-year basketball history. He led the Bears to a school record 19 wins in 2007-2008, earning a berth in the post-season College Basketball Invitational. A two-time Ivy League Player of the Year while at Princeton, Robinson coached Brown to its first-ever sweep of Princeton and Penn this season.

Burns is a two-time 400-meter Ivy League Champion who hails from Newburgh, New York. She's concentrating in Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship at Brown and was recently named Academic All-Ivy.