ASC Autumn@Adams hosts sportswriter Zirin

(08-31-2010)

The Adams State College Autumn@Adams lecture by David Zirin, "Sports and Resistance in the United States" starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.14, in Carson Auditorium. The talk will focus on how sports and resistance have intersected. Covering the past, present and future, the lecture take a look at the way athletes from Jack Johnson to Muhammad Ali to Billie Jean King protested on the playing field. The event is free and open to the public.

Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine, their first sports writer in 150 years of existence, and is the host of Sirius XM Radio's popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. According to the website edgeofsports.com, Zirin was named of the UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World".

David Zirin

David Zirin

His latest book is "Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining The Games We Love," humorously details how sports franchise owners successfully squeeze every last penny out of their fan bases. Acclaimed "Shock Doctrine" author Naomi Klein claims that "not since Hunter S. Thompson has a sportswriter shown the right snarl for the job."

Zirin's other books include "A People's History of Sports in the United States," part of Howard Zinn's People's History series for the New Press, "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports", and "What's My Name, Fool?" Sports and Resistance in the United States".

Zirin has brought his blend of sports and politics to multiple television programs including ESPN's Outside the Lines, MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, ESPN Classic, MSNBC's Morning Joe, CNN's The Campbell Brown Show, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, Comcast Sports Network's Washington Post Live, Al-Jazeera's The Riz Khan Show, C-SPAN's BookTV, and Democracy Now with Amy Goodman.

He has appeared on national radio programs including National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered; Air America's 'On the Real' with Chuck D; The Laura Flanders Show; ESPN radio; Stars and Stripes Radio; The Joe Madison Show; Pacifica's Hard Knock Radio, and many others.

Zirin's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, the Houston Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Pittsburgh Courier, and The Source.

The 2010 Autumn@Adams theme, "Everyone Has A Story To Tell/Todos Tienen Una Historia Que Contar" is an opportunity for community and campus to experience art, literature and food. For a complete schedule of events, visit adams.edu and click on the Autumn@Adams icon, or call 719-587-7827.