Past Event

The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of American Athletics

April 21, 2021
4:00 PM
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The African American and African Diaspora Studies Department Faculty Book Panel Discussion featuring Professor Frank Guridy's new book, The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of American Athletics. 

Tracing events from the end of Jim Crow to the 1980s, Frank Guridy chronicles the unlikely alliances that integrated professional and collegiate sports and launched women’s tennis. He explores the new forms of inclusion and exclusion that emerged during the era, including the role the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders played in defining womanhood in the age of second-wave feminism. Guridy explains how the sexual revolution, desegregation, and changing demographics played out both on and off the field as he recounts how the Washington Senators became the Texas Rangers and how Mexican American fans and their support for the Spurs fostered a revival of professional basketball in San Antonio. Guridy argues that the catalysts for these changes were undone by the same forces of commercialization that set them in motion and reveals that, for better and for worse, Texas was at the center of America’s expanding political, economic, and emotional investments in sport.

Panelists Include: 

  • Amy Bass, Professor of Sport Studies at Manhattanville College
  • Josef Sorett, Professor of Religion and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University
  • Samuel G. Freedman, Award-winning author, columnist, and professor. A columnist for The New York Times and a professor at Columbia University

Moderated by: 

  • Farrah Jasmine Griffin, The William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University and the chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department.