Race and Sports in Society, Dr. Amy Bass and Howard Bryant
Join Dr. Amy Bass, professor of history at the College of New Rochelle and published author on cultural history of sports, and Howard Bryant, writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com as well as sports correspondent for NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, for a panel discussion on the history and influence of race in sports throughout New England and American society as a whole.
Dr. Amy Bass’ new book, One Goal: A Coach, A Team and the Game that brought a Divided Town Together—due out at the end of February—tells the story of Somali refugees in Lewiston, Maine who played soccer for the town. She also worked as the supervisor of NBC’s Research Room for eight Olympics since 1996. Her work with the London Olympics in 2012 earned her an Emmy Award. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bates College and both her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University.
Howard Bryant has worked with ESPN since 2007, has been involved with NPR since 2006 and has published a variety of books discussing topics in the baseball world. His book, Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, won the Casey Award for best baseball book. His most recent book, The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism, explores the history and current climate of athlete-activists including Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick and others. It is due out in May of this year. In addition to his acclaimed books, Bryant’s journalism has won many awards, including his coverage of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series—where the Diamondbacks defeated the Yankees, 3-2—which won him the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) award for best game story. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University and his Master’s Degree from San Francisco State University.