Bigger than a Game | Newberry

Bigger than a Game

How Sports Inform World Politics
Thursday, March 3, 2016

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Holly Swyers, Lake Forest College
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This seminar explores the role that sports play in international politics. While it is easy to imagine that sports are “just a game” and athletes are often encouraged to “shut up and play,” the world of sports is a proxy battleground in international politics, and bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA are a meeting ground for many countries outside the United Nations or economic summits. Examples of questions we may consider: How and why are there 205 nations competing in the Olympics when there are only 196 countries in the world? Why did it matter so much when Senegal beat the French team in the World Cup tournament in 2002?

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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