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The Politics of Play: Society, Justice, and the Sports Essay

Date: 5:00pm PDT October 28 Location: South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

From Jackie Robinson’s color-line crossing to Muhammad Ali’s army induction refusal, from John Carlos’ iconic raised fist to Billie Jean King’s outspoken challenge of the athletic patriarchy, and from Donald Sterling’s racist rant to Michael Sam’s draft-day kiss, American sports has been, and continues to be, a ripe field of historical and cutting-edge socio-political issues just begging for classroom exploration.

This Oregon Writing Project workshop will examine sports and the sports essay as a vehicle for exploring social justice issues as well as a cogent tool for thinking critically about American society. Teachers will come away with ideas for using sports and sports writing in their classroom as well as strategies to help students develop critical thinking skills and write compelling sports essays of their own. 

This class is part of our Workshop Series.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Instructor: Chris Hawking, M.A.T.

Cost: $30, includes 3 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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Credit Option: This workshop is part of our Fall 2014 Oregon Writing Project Workshop Series. Participants who complete all 5 workshops within this series have the option to purchase 1 semester hour of continuing education credit for an additional $200. Alumni discount may not be applied to the cost of credit.

About the Instructor

Chris Hawking, M.A.T., teaches language arts at Rex Putnam High School in the North Clackamas School District. In addition to teaching, Chris has led professional development workshops at his school site on authentic literacy and writing instruction across the curriculum. Chris has also led workshops at the annual Northwest Teachers for Social Justice conference and has written for Rethinking Schools. Chris enjoys helping students explore issues of social justice in popular culture—from sports to music to film—and affording them the opportunity to hold a critical lens up to the seemingly commonplace experiences that shape our lives.

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