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Spring 2019 events

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Frank Deford Lecture in Sports Journalism Features Andrea Joyce

NBC Sports reporter and host Andrea Joyce will deliver the 2019 Frank Deford Lecture in Sports Journalism on the UT-Austin campus April 3. Joyce joined NBC in 2000 and has worked a variety of roles at 14 Olympic Games, including the past ten with NBC.
Joyce’s reporting portfolio includes figure skating and short track speed skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games; gymnastics at the 2012 London Olympic Games; figure skating and short track during the 2012 Vancouver Winter Games; gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games; figure skating and short track from the 2006 Torino Winter Games. A member of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Joyce served as a reporter for NBA on NBC and WNBA on NBC broadcasts in addition to covering a wide variety of sports, including figure skating, boxing and dog shows.
The Frank Deford Lecture in Sports Journalism will be on April 3, 2019 on the UT-Austin campus. Additional details will be forthcoming.

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Broken Trust: Sports in the #MeToo Era

CSCM will convene a broad-based discussion on the dynamics of power, responsibility and fair play amongst athletes and those in positions of authority, ostensibly to support their development and achievement. The CSCM event will focus specifically on the experiences of women competing at the elite level in Olympic sports, a topic clearly recognized as being vital in light of recent scandals and increased visibility of movements such as #MeToo. With CSCM's interests in communication and media, this panel discussion will include discussion on matters of voice, representation, and symbolism.
The event will be held on the UT-Austin campus on February 28, 2019.

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McGarr Symposium on Sports and Society

Head Trauma and the Future of Football

CSCM will provide a platform for a meaningful discussion of football, its effects on the human brain, and the symbolic importance of the sport in American life. Given football’s popularity and its significance to individual and community identities, how might it be possible to reconcile the sport’s strengths with growing concerns about head trauma? In other words, can we fashion a future for football that preserves the hallmarks of the sport while also attending to legitimate health concerns? This forum will facilitate realistic conversations about the sport and its future in light of growing medical evidence.

The event will be held in the AT&T Conference Center auditorium on the UT-Austin campus on January 31 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm.

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Black Student-Athlete Summit 2019

UT-Austin's Black Student-Athlete Summit, hosted by the Division for Diversity and Community Engagement and co-sponsored by CSCM, will be held at the univeristy's AT&T Conference Center from January 9-11, 2019. Speaking proposals will be accepted until October 31, 2018. Early bird registration for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals runs until December 1, 2018. Information on the conference, including previous Summit programs and videos are available at the website above.

Fall 2018 events


Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting award dinner

Join CSCM supporters in celebrating the work of Dave Kindred and Chris Ballard, winners of the 2018 Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting at an award dinner on September 21 in the Carpenter-Winkel Centennial Room at DKR Texas Memorial Stadium. A VIP reception with Mr. Jenkins will begin at 5:30. The public reception starts at 6:30. Dinner will be served at 7. The awards presentation will begin at 7:45.
Mary Carillo of NBC Sports will emcee the event. Sportswriters Michael MacCambridge, Sally Jenkins, Wright Thompson and Kirk Bohls will be part of the program, celebrating the second annual Jenkins Medal presentation.

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Get in the Game at the LBJ Library

Join the LBJ Presidential Library, Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation, and Center for Sports Communication & Media for an evening with Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad; Nate Boyer, a former active-duty Green Beret and NFL player; and, Daron K. Roberts, the founding director of The University of Texas at Austin's Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation. The program is free and open to the public. Eventbrite registration required. Dr. Michael Butterworth, director of The University of Texas at Austin's Center for Sports Communication & Media, will offer introductory remarks. The conversation will be moderated by Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation.

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Flow 2018 Conference

CSCM is a co-sponsor of the Flow 2018 Conference hosted by the Department of Radio-Television-Film on the UT-Austin campus. This biennial gathering will be held September 27-29, featuring 31 roundtable panels and other receptions and special events.
Flow is an online journal of television and media studies launched in October 2004, and since then, we have published 1400+ columns by over 700 authors from around the U.S. and the world. Flow‘s mission is to provide a critical forum where scholars, teachers, students, and the general public can read about and discuss the changing landscape of contemporary media at the speed that media moves.

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KMAC broadcast bootcamp

Current Moody College students are invited to participate in the first (annual) sports broadcast bootcamp on August 27 and 28 in BMC 3.208. The sessions will be facilitated by the broadcast professionals at K-MAC Sports, the leading high school sports broadcast production company in Texas. The event is free to attend with advanced registration and is sponsored by CSCM and the School of Journalism.
Participants will receive group and one-on-one coaching, hands-on technical instruction and "live" play-calling experience as a part of the bootcamp. The highest-performing student will receive an opportunity for an in-season, play-calling assignment with K-MAC.
The sessions will run from 12 pm to 5 pm on August 27 and 11:45 am to 6:30 pm on August 28. Lunch will be provided on both days. To register, contact Dr. Kathleen McElroy.

Spring 2018 events

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2018 Frank Deford Lecture in Sports Journalism: Bob Costas

Iconic sports broadcaster Bob Costas will deliver the 2018 Frank Deford Lecture in Sports Journalism. The lecture will be held on April 30 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in BMC 2.106. The event is free and open to the university community.

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Tainted Blood screening and panel

The Center for Sports Communication and Media will screen the 2017 documentary, Tainted Blood (, about the previous unspoken blood doping scheme among US cyclists at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. The film will show at 6 pm with a panel discussion to follow. Director Jill Yesko will participate, as will film subjects Inga Thompson and Dr. John Hoberman. Journalist and CSCM Fellow Patrick Hruby will moderate the conversation.

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Intercollegiate Athletics Media Symposium

Just ahead of the NCAA Men’s Final Four in San Antonio, the Center for Sports Communication & Media, with support from the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations, will sponsor the University of Texas Intercollegiate Athletics Media Forum. The program is organized into three core panels—one focusing on the perspective of conference commissioners, one on athletics directors, and one on the media industry. Confirmed guests include University of Texas Athletic Director Chris del Conte, University of Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman and IMG College President Tim Pernetti. Joining them in conversation will be New York Times Deputy Sports Editor Matthew Futterman, consultant Dan Beebe and UT-Austin Lecturer Joel Lulla, who has helped to organize the symposium.

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Documentary screening: The Renaissance Continues

Everyone knows the triumphant story of Jesse Owens and his accomplishments in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, winning four gold medals. The little-known story is how he, along with eight other track and field medalists, ushered in the era of African Americans in sports. At those games, USA athletes won every sprint event from the 100-800 meters along with two jumping events – 15 medals in all. This documentary should serve to inspire our collegiate student-athletes, who, like these competitors of the 1930s, face their own set of challenges amid evolving technologies in an ever-changing global environment.

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Dr. Adam Earnheardt: Functions of Fandom

From the fanatic to the casual spectator, people watch sports and become sports fans for a variety reasons. Whether its a lifetime commitment to a particular athlete, team or sport--or a brief encounter with a particular sporting event--we watch and become fans because sports fill a need. Dr. Adam Earnheardt has spent 20 years unpacking the motivations of sports fandom, and in this talk he explores the functions of being a sports fan at home, at work, in school, and in society--including the number one motivation--a desire to feel connected with family, friends, and other like-minded fans. Dr. Earnheardt examines the social utility to being sports fans, how people gather as spectators to be connected in disparate spaces, such as the stadium with tens of thousands of other fans, or on social media with seemingly millions of fellow fans separated by mountains and oceans.

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Black Student Athlete Summit

The fourth annual Black Student-Athlete Summit will take place at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, TX, January 17-19, 2018. Early bird registration ends December 8, so register soon for discounted rates. 2018 Keynotes include four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, NFL veteran Tommie Harris, WNBA player Imani McGee-Stafford. and Rhodes Scholar Caylin Moore.

Fall 2017 events

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Courtland Bragg on campus

The Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation, The Center for Sports Communication & Media and Distinguished Speakers hosted "Trust Your Jounery" with NFL Films Producer, Courtland Bragg on November 14, 2017, in BMC 1.202

Bragg started as an intern at NFL Films and worked his way up to seasonal employee. Through hard work he was promoted to be the youngest full time employee at NFL Films, and quickly went on to win an Emmy for the production of "Hard Knocks" with the Houston Texans. Bragg discussed his journey from internship to seasonal employee to full time employee to Emmy-winning associate producer.


First Annual Jenkins Medal Award Dinner

Join CSCM supporters in celebrating the work of Frank Deford and Wright Thompson, winners of the inaugural Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting. The reception and seated dinner will by on October 13 at The Pecan Room in Dallas' Old Parkland Hospital development.
Heralded writer Roy Blount Jr. will emcee the event, which will feature the debut of By Dan Jenkins, a short film on the career and impact of Dan Jenkins. Sportswriters and editors Michael MacCambridge, Sally Jenkins, Joe Posnanski and John Walsh will be part of the program, celebrating the first annual Jenkins Medal presentation.

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NFL Protests, Social Juice and Social Work

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation, and the Center for Sports Communication & Media presented The NFL Protests, Social Justice and Social Work on October 10, 2017, in SSW's Utopia Theater. The panel discussion included Daron K. Roberts, director of the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation, Cullen Loeffler, former UT Austin and NFL athlete, Octavious Bishop, former UT Austin and NFL athlete, and Michael Butterworth, director of the Center for Sports Communication and Media. Emmett L. Gill, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, moderated the forum.
Update: Watch program video