On Monday, September 27, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (CST), Tucker Center affiliated scholar Doug Hartmann, PhD, professor in the U of M’s Department of Sociology, will engage in a public conversation on “The Power of Athletes” with Dave Zirin, prolific sports editor for The Nation, about Zirin’s engaging and important new book, The Kaepernick Effect. The book is based upon dozens of interviews Zirin did with athletes and their supporters all over the world of sport, including here in the Twin Cities, who have “taken a knee” in recent years. Register for the event here: http://z.umn.edu/Zirin2021
When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem in 2016 to protest police violence and racial inequity, he did more than shake up the NFL and the world of pro sports. His actions also sparked a largely unreported movement in high schools and colleges across the country. Hartmann and Zirin’s conversation asks the audience to consider Kaepernick’s and others’ subsequent impacts on sport, politics, and culture.