The degree to which sports—broadly defined—permeates societies and cultures has never been greater, making it a revealing lens through which to understand many contemporary issues. The Radcliffe Institute conference “Game Changers: Sports, Gender, and Society” will explore the relationship between sports and gender in the United States and around the world.
The conference begins with an arts performance and conversation on Thursday evening: scenes from a work in progress by playwright Lydia R. DiamondRI ’13, based on a book by historian Martha Ackmann RI ’09 about Toni Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball on Negro League men’s teams in the 1950s. Stone's unprecedented career had an impact on the struggle for equality and social justice in Jim Crow America.
The program on Friday consists of panel discussions with athletes, business leaders, coaches, physicians, policy makers, and scholars on the topics of access and inclusion, health and medical research, and media and popular culture. The day will feature a conversation with Laila Ali, the four-time undefeated super-middleweight boxing world champion, fitness and wellness expert, and author.
Free and open to the public.