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(S2.E19.) Panel: Impact of Sports on U.S. Culture

Panel Discussion of the Impact of Sports on U.S. Culture. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. You can subscribe to the podcast series by clicking on the button in the right hand column. You can also listen to just this episode by clicking on the following web link Download file

The podcast explores the impact of sports on U.S. culture in the past century. The topics explored in the panel discussion included: two involving boxing (Jack Johnson and the Ali vs. Foreman match), the U.S. Hockey team's "Miracle on Ice" and the influence of Michael Jordan. The discussion not only investigagted the influence by individual athletes, but also the cultural forces that also made them important.

This podcast is based on a student panel discussion in one of the history courses this semester. Each of the students had completed a paper on a history topic of their choice for a writing course which was paired with this world history course. I grouped the students into small groups of three to five students on a similar topic. The goal was to share highlights from their papers and to develop connections among the papers and with the larger context of U.S. history in which they took place.

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