Wake Forest sociologist to discuss implications of NCAA realignment on black athletes, schools

Earl Smith
Earl Smith

Earl Smith, professor of sociology and director of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University, will talk at NIU at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10.

Smith will speak on “Athletic Industrial Complex: Conference Realignment and Race” at the Yordon Center.

This lecture will include a critical analysis of recent NCAA conference realignment, and will focus on the impacts such arrangements have on black athletes in particular. There will be further discussion on implications for universities nationwide.

Smith’s teaching and research expertise reside in urban sociology, criminology, race and ethnic relations, family and the sociology of sport. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut, studying a combination of sociology and cultural anthropology.

Support for this lecture was provided by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning for the “Developing Champions” Themed Learning Community, the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

For more information, call (815) 753-9494.

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