The Kaepernick Effect
In this timely new talk, sports editor Dave Zirin profiles athletes (from middle school to the pros) who have taken a knee during the national anthem. With his trademark empathy, he explores their efforts to protest racism and police violence. Ultimately, he seeks to understand how these actions have impacted their lives and society at-large.
The Collision of Sports and Politics
From Colin Kaepernick to Donald Trump, not even the world of sports is a safe space away from politics. Dave Zirin explodes the idea, however, that this is not something new and in highly entertaining fashion looks at the history of the relationship between sports and politics. From Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali to Billie Jean King, Zirin tells the stories you never heard about athletic icons and how they used their platforms to speak out for social change.
He’s at the intersection of Sports and Politics: bending a knee and taking a stand.
Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World”, Dave is The Nation’s first-ever sports writer. Referred to as the “conscience of American sportswriting” by The Washington Post, he co-hosts the popular radio program, “The Collision: Where Sports and Politics Collide.”
He is also the author of multiple books including, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy, and the forthcoming The Kaepernick Effect.
He is also MSNBC Sports Columnist and a sought-after TV and radio commentator, featured frequently on NBC and ESPN. Zirin was also featured in “The Best of American Sports Writing 2017” for his writing in The Nation.
From class, race, and sex to religion and society, Dave brings his unique point of view on sports and politics to the stage, revealing how on-the-field play shapes and reflects what is happening off-the-field in America and around the world.
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