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ASU Holland Symposium to Explore Sports’ Effects on Values

October 10, 2011

Senior Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford will address current issues in the world of sports during Angelo State University’s 2011 E. James Holland University Symposium on American Values Monday, Oct. 24, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Deford’s presentation, titled “Sports: The Hype and Hypocrisy,” will focus on sports as they touch our lives and impact human values, and will begin at 2 p.m. in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. He will continue his discussion and answer questions from the public in a 7:30 p.m. session moderated by Dr. John Wagner, ASU professor of English. Informal receptions will be held in the University Center Tower Lobby following each presentation. Both the presentations and receptions are open free to the public.

Symposium activities will begin with a barbeque at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, 1620 University Ave. ASU’s “Studio One” student group will give a presentation at the event, which is open free to the public. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling Dr. Trey Smith at 325-942-2100, ext. 235.

Prior to his presentations on Oct. 24, Deford will also speak to an ASU class, and then be the featured guest for an invitation-only honor society luncheon at noon in the Junell Center, 2235 S. Jackson St.

One of the country’s best-known sportswriters, Deford is a member of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters (NASS) Hall of Fame. He is a six-time winner of the NASS U.S. Sportswriter of the Year Award, has twice been named Magazine Writer of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review and has been cited by the American Journalism Review as the nation’s finest sportswriter.

In addition to his magazine writing, Deford is also a commentator for National Public Radio, correspondent for “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO and author of 15 books. He won a 1988 Emmy Award for his work covering the Seoul Olympics, and a CableACE award in 1994 for the HBO Sports documentary “Arthur Ash: Citizen of the World.” Two of his books, Everybody’s All-American and Alex: The Life of a Child, have been made into movies.

Through his writing and commentary, Deford has examined a wide range of sports hot-button topics, including the prevalence of women as sideline reporters while few of them report from the broadcast booth. He has also tackled the perceived misuse of student-athletes by big-time college sports programs as “free laborers” and the NCAA’s part in keeping that status quo. The unwieldy operations of international sports federations have come under his scrutiny, and he has explored the growing influence of the ESPN cable sports network.

The Holland Symposium was established in 1984 by then-College of Liberal and Fine Arts Dean E. James Holland. When Holland retired in 2003, the board of regents named the symposium in his honor. In its 27 years, the symposium has brought more than 60 nationally prominent figures to the ASU campus to spur thought and debate on issues relevant to American society. The ASU Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs sponsors the symposium.

For more information, contact Randy Hall, chair of the 2011 Symposium Committee, at 325-942-2085, ext. 226, or go online to the symposium website at