Expert on sports and culture to speak Nov. 15

by Dennis Brown

Michael Oriard, one of the nation’s leading commentators on the nature and role of sports in American society, will deliver a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 15) in Room 207 of DeBartolo Hall at the University of Notre Dame.p. Titled “King Football, Notre Dame, and American Culture,” the talk is sponsored by the University’s Mendelson Center for Sport, Character, and Culture and the Department of American Studies. It is free and open to the public.p. Oriard is a 1970 graduate of Notre Dame who now serves on the faculty at Oregon State University as the Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture. He earned his doctorate in English from Stanford University and is the author of five books on sports and sports literature, most recently " King Football: Sport and Spectacle in the Golden Age of Radio and Newsreels, Movies and Magazines, the Weekly and the Daily Press," published this year by the University of North Carolina Press.p. Oriard was a walk-on member of the Notre Dame football team who went on to become captain and a second-team All-American in his senior year. He played professional football for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1970-73, during which time he began work on his doctorate. He joined the Oregon State faculty in 1976.p. Widely published in academic journals and the mainstream press, Oriard also is a frequent contributor to televised documentaries on sports, including this fall’s ESPN series “Rites of Autumn.”

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