Sports journalist Seth Berkman to speak Nov. 19 at University Park

November 12, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sports journalist Seth Berkman will speak at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library on Penn State’s University Park campus. Berkman will discuss his new book, “A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History.”

Cover of the book "A Team of Their Own"

Sports journalist Seth Berkman will discuss his new book, “A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History,” at noon on Nov. 19 in Paterno Library's Foster Auditorium.

IMAGE: Hanover Square Press

Born in Seoul and raised in New Jersey, Berkman returned to South Korea for the first time while on assignment for The New York Times to report on the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Based on his experiences there, the book chronicles the debut of a Korean national hockey team that drew players from both sides of the 38th parallel — as well as from other parts of the globe.

As his publisher describes it, “A Team of Their Own” documents the “inspiring, unlikely story of the American, Canadian, South Korean and even North Korean women who joined together to form Korea’s first Olympic ice hockey team.”

Opening remarks will be made by Jeff Kampersal, Penn State women’s hockey head coach.

Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, the College of the Liberal Arts, and the Center for the Study of Sports in Society, this event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event, email Jessamyn Abel, assistant professor of Asian studies, at jua14@psu.edu.

Last Updated November 12, 2019