Sports, Poetry, and Resistance: Looking for Democracy in American Culture

September 8, 2008

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Dave Zirin and Kevin Coval

There is often a perception that sports and politics belong in different sections of the daily newspaper. Blowing up that myth is sportswriter Dave Zirin with A People's History of Sports in the United States, a book that examines sports as a reflection of the political conflicts that shape American society.

Add poetry to the mix with a powerful performance by four-time HBO Def Poet Kevin Coval of select works from his new book, everyday people. Coval's work looks critically at current cultural and political events via the lens of his personal identity. The evening aims to unite sports, politics and poetry to explore unique forms of resistance in American culture.

 

Recorded Monday, September 08, 2008 at Chicago Cultural Center.