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Race and American Sports topic of discussion at Moravian

Bethlehem, Pa., March 23, 2010—Professor and author Thabiti Lewis will present “American Sport Culture, Masculinity, and Notions of a ‘Post’-Racial Order” on Wednesday, April 7, from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Afterwords Café in Reeves Library.  This lecture is brought to Moravian College by The LVAIC Africana Consortium, in conjunction with the College’s Center for the Study of Media in Culture (CoSMiC).  This “Brown Bag Lecture” is free and open to the public.

In his recent book Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America (Third World Press), Lewis challenges the notion that sports culture has been and is now a pioneer for racial progress.  He maintains that the idea that the world of American sports has helped with racial advancement is more media spin than absolute truth.  Lewis argues that this mythologized view is spurred on by modern technology that gives society 24-hour sports reporting and unlimited television channels, leading to a culture that cultivates anti-intellectualism.  In his lecture, he will discuss his work and be available for audience questions.

Lewis is associate professor of English at Washington State University—Vancouver.  His writings have appeared in The Source, The St. Louis American, AmeriQuests, and Newsone.com, as well as many anthologies and collections.  Lewis earned his B.A. in English and History, and his M.A.T. in teaching English at the University of Rochester.  Later, he received his doctorate from St. Louis University, specializing in 20th century American literature and African-American literature. He is currently working on a collection of critical essays on the work of the writer Toni Cade Bambara and African American discourse, as well as a literary biography on Bambara.  He teaches a variety of classes covering multiethnic literature and culture over the past century.

Afterwords Café is located on the lower level of Reeves Library on Moravian’s North Campus. For information, call 610 861-1491.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information call (610) 861-1491 or visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.