The Nation magazine’s Sports Editor Dave Zirin, will be coming to Pacific to talk to students about the ways in which politics shape both sports and our everyday lives.

The annual “In Your Face” lecture series is hosted by Pacific featuring highly acclaimed journalists and writers to speak to students about topics that they specialize in. Zirin is planning on speaking about the role of politics in the world of day-to-day life.  Zirin has plenty of experience in this subject. After writing a book titled, “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.”

He is also a frequent writer for Sports Illustrated and has been a guest commentator on ESPN.

Along with Christian Parenti, Robin Hahnel, Judy Giles, Heather Rogers, Will Potter and Kristen Sheeran have all taken part in the series, Zirin is known by the Pacific community through his previous speech in the “In Your Face” lecture series in 2008.

There is a lot of experience that Zirin will be able to bring to Pacific. Not only will he be able to speak to people who may be interested in the world of sports or politics, he will also be able to bring light onto the connections that he has found that unite the two worlds. As one of the “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World” according to UTNE Reader, Zirin will bring a fresh perspective and new insights to the students of Pacific.

Politics professor Jules Boykoff is one of the people planning the event and has co-authored a few articles with Zirin for The Nation magazine and Nation. Having worked with Zirin, Boykoff said that he “offers fresh, original perspectives backed up by iron-clad facts and a razor-sharp tongue” which is sure to keep the lecture very lively and captivating.In order to warm up the audience there will be three other speakers present who will, according to Boykoff, be “paving the way” for Zirin.

These student-athletes are seniors Shane Feuerbach, Dan Jaffe and Devin Lagorio.

Dave Zirin will be speaking at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center’s McCready Hall.


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