Dave Zirin

He’s at the intersection of Sports and Politics: bending a knee and taking a stand.

NY Times bestselling author Dave Zirin takes audiences inside the modern world of sports for a provocative look at the interplay between politics, culture, and the games we love.


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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 he is a sought-after TV and radio commentator, featured frequently on NBC, ESPN and MSNBC. 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.


Our speakers get attention.

  • Disentangling US team sports and US militarism
    Will the current sports activism around racial justice extend to the global, neocolonial racial injustice that the US and its NATO partners impose on Africa, Latin America, East Asia and…
  • Coronavirus is changing sports already. How bad will it get?
    Sporting venues abroad have been emptied due to the coronavirus and now the possibility is being weighed in the United States. In Spring Training, players are forgoing signing autographs. Joshua…

Dave was great! He was very generous in a small group meeting with journalism students, and we had a great evening program with a lively talk and book signing. People really loved the chance to hear from him – former OSU great and NBA player Clark Kellogg even came.

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