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Bethlehem, Pa., February 19, 2009—Moravian College Professor Joel Nathan Rosen will be signing copies of Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations at the Barnes & Noble, Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley on Saturday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The book is a collection of essays co-edited by Rosen that examines the legacies of Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Curt Flood, Paul Robeson, Jim Thorpe, Bill Russell, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos—twentieth-century athletes whose careers were affected by racism, and whose post-career reputations have improved as society's understanding of race has changed.
Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations, recentlyreleased by the University Press of Mississippi, is the first of the collaborative series co-edited by Joel Nathan Rosen and David C. Ogden. Contributors attempt to clarify the sports stars' stories by analyzing the myths that surround them, delving into the role that nostalgia and collective memory play. Shifts in popular perception often obscure an athlete's true role in history and can serve to trivialize their achievements.
Rosen is planning future books in the series that will discuss athletes whose reputations have changed from hero to villain; the creation of women athletes' reputations; and how international sports stars' reputations are framed. Joel Nathan Rosen is also author of The Erosion of the American Sporting Ethos: Shifting Attitudes toward Competition (2007).
Barnes and Noble Booksellers is located in the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 2845 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley, PA 18034. For information call 610-791-3261 or visit their web page.