McGarr Symposium on Sports and Society: Sportswashing

February 22 @ 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm CDT
McGarr Symposium panelists: Boykoff, Davis, Hunt, Kransoff and Williams

The late South African leader Nelson Mandela famously said that sport "has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair." These sentiments are echoed by leaders of the Olympic Games and the hosts of other global events that, we are told, can fuel economic development, transcend social divisions, and ameliorate violence. Thus, sport is often seen as an important resource in diplomatic efforts and development campaigns. 

At the same time, however, sport relies on economic and political structures that can stress the environment, exploit workers, and provoke violent political divisions. Thus, the use of sport to obscure political corruption or ethical failures ("sportswashing") is of growing concern. In this symposium, five leading scholars examine the possibilities and limits of using sport as a political tool. The conversation will address global mega-events, diplomacy and soft power, development, sportswashing, activism, and more.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Jules Boykoff, Political Science, Pacific University
  • Dr. Amira Rose Davis, African American Studies, UT-Austin
  • Dr. Tommy Hunt, Kinesiology/Sport History, UT-Austin
  • Dr. Lindsay Krasnoff, Global Sports Diplomacy Consultant
  • Dr. Neftalie Williams, Sport Sociology, San Diego State University


Start Date: February 22 @ 5:00pm

End Date: February 22 @ 6:30pm

Event Categories: Panel Discussion

Location: DMC 1.202

Website: Center for Sports Communication & Media


Target audience: Alumni , Faculty , General Public , Staff , Students