Sports conversations to examine nickname's impact, feature Weinreb, Jay Paterno

A hot-button sports issue, two alumni authors and a Sports Emmy Award-winning play-by-play professional highlight a series of free public events scheduled this fall by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State.

As part of its mission to explore issues and trends in sports journalism through instruction, outreach, programming and research, the Curley Center regularly conducts its Conversation Series -- moderated question-and-answer sessions with sports media members or newsmakers.

This fall, the Curley Center has four such sessions planned, with dates set for three and a fourth to be announced. Those scheduled are:

-- “A Conversation with Jay Paterno,” featuring Penn State alumnus and former Penn State football coach Jay Paterno discussing his book “Paterno Legacy,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library;

-- “A Conversation About Nicknames or Not,” featuring Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Nation and Mike Wise of The Washington Post discussing the impact and use of the Washington Redskins’ nickname, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium; and

-- “A Conversation with Michael Weinreb,” featuring Penn State alumnus and award-winning author Michael Weinreb discussing his book “Season of Saturdays,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library.

The date, location and time for a fourth conversation with Sports Emmy Award-winning NHL play-by-play broadcaster Doc Emrick will be announced in the near future.

Each of the sessions will be moderated by John Affleck, the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society and director of the Curley Center.

“We’re pleased to offer our students and the Penn State community a range of topics and voices this fall,” Affleck said. “What they all have in common is a passion for their subject that I am sure will come out in our conversations.”

The Center for Sports Journalism was established in 2003, with Distinguished Professional in Residence John Curley and Doug Anderson, then dean of the College of Communications, serving as founding co-directors. It was named the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism in September 2006, honoring Curley, whose more than five decades of newspaper experience includes work as a reporter, editor, publisher and, ultimately, president, CEO and chairman of the Gannett Co. He was the first editor of USA Today.

The center’s undergraduate curricular emphasis includes courses in sports writing, sports broadcasting, sports information, sports, media and society, and sports and public policy, which is cross-listed with the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. The center emphasizes internships at newspapers, magazines or electronic media and on-campus, co-curricular work at the student-run newspaper (The Daily Collegian), the Penn State sports information office or campus radio.

Last Updated January 09, 2015