Global Symposium on Sports and Society: Anti-Semitism and Sports

Global Symposium on Sports and Society Anti-Semitism and Sports


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.– Nelson Mandela

Fordham's Global Symposium on Sports & Society united some of the world’s most iconic names in athletics, academics, and journalism to share a global perspective on the realities of anti-Semitism, its interface with sports, and strategies for changing the playing field. Presented in conjunction with Chelsea Football Club and New England Revolution’s Final Whistle on Hate campaign.

In a daylong conference organized by the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS), speakers and panelists examined the complex and timely topic of anti-Semitism in the sports world. Players, coaches, managers, journalists, and academics discussed anti-Semitic prejudice espoused on the field, in the pool, and on the track. Experts weighed in on how sports stadiums can be fertile ground for hate groups, but also how teams and players can be an influence for good well beyond the arena.

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This event featured opening remarks from Bruce Buck, chairman of Chelsea Football Club, along with keynote speakers Ross Greenburg, former president of HBO Sports; Ken Jacobson, deputy national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL); and Ron Mix, retired Hall of Fame NFL offensive tackle.

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For questions, contact Ruth Diamond at [email protected].

Thank you to our 2019 partners and supporters

New England Revolution, Chelsea Football Club, Anti-Defamation League: Fighting Hate For Good, Associated Press, CO Communications: Marketing, Public, Relations, Design, USC Shoah Foundation: The Institute for Visual History and Education, Hillels of Westchester, Eden Wok, Maccabi USA: Building Jewish Pride Through Sports, Sports Business Institute, Red Oak Transportation, The Conversation