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Gems gives presentations in Orlando and Israel

Gems gives presentations in Orlando and Israel

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, gave a presentation titled “Running with the Bulls: An Autoethnographic Account of Reliving the Past” at the North American Society for Sport History Convention in Orlando, Fla., on May 29. He also gave a presentation titled “Sport, Education, and American Manifest Destiny” at the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport in Netanya, Israel, on June 4.


Gerald Gems publishes article in Danish journal

Gerald Gems publishes article in Danish journal

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, had his article titled “The Political Uses of Sport in the United States” published in a Danish journal, Forum for Idraet (sport): Sport and Development (Copenhagen, 2010), 23-34.


Gems gives presentation in nation's capital

Gems gives presentation in nation's capital

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, gave a presentation titled “Sport, Democracy, and the Americanization of Italian Americans” as part of a panel on The Promises of Sport and Democracy in American Culture at the Organization of American Historians Conference in Washington, D.C., on April 7.


Gems publishes book review in Journal of Sport

Gems publishes book review in Journal of Sport

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, had his book review of Kevin Quinn’s “Sports and Their Fans: The History, Economics, and Culture of the Relationship between Spectator and Sport” published in the Journal of Sport History, 36:2 (Summer 2009), 307-308.


Gerald Gems is guest speaker, publishes essay

Gerald Gems is guest speaker, publishes essay

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, had his essay titled “The City” published as a book chapter in S.W. Pope and John Nauright, eds., Routledge Companion to Sports History (London, 2010). He was also guest speaker at the Dinner & a Lectures series at the Gaylord Building Historic Site in Lockport, Ill., Jan. 21. He spoke about the depth, diversity and importance of sports in Chicago’s cultural heritage as explored in Gems’ book Chicago Sports History.


New Community Publications Display in library

New Community Publications Display in library

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Oesterle Library will feature the following publications during winter term in its Community Publications Display in the lobby:
  • Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education: “The German Turners and the Taming of Radicalism in Chicago” in International Journal of the History of Sport, October 2009.
  • Tom Gill, instructional media coordinator in Oesterle Library: Photographs in Northern Indiana Lakes, September/October 2009.
  • David Gray, assistant professor of accounting, and Gerald Hamsmith, professor of accounting emeritus: “Patterson


Gerald Gems publishes article and review

Gerald Gems publishes article and review

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Gerald Gems speaks on radio, in Copenhagen and Taiwan

Gerald Gems speaks on radio, in Copenhagen and Taiwan

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, gave a radio interview for WDCB Du Page Public Radio on “Chicago's Failed Olympic Bid,” broadcast Oct. 2, 5 and 9. In addition, he gave a presentation titled “Sport, Politics and American Globalization” at the University of Copenhagen Summer School for graduate students on Aug. 21. He also delivered a keynote address titled “Past, Present, Future: The Cultural Power of Sport” at the first annual International Sociology of Sport Conference hosted by the National Sport University in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sept. 25.


New exhibits in Oesterle Library

New exhibits in Oesterle Library

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Gerald Gems publishes book, articles

Gerald Gems publishes book, articles

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, has had a number of recent publications. His book titled Understanding American Sports, which he co-authored with Gertrud Pfister of the University of Copenhagen, was published in July by Routledge. His chapter titled “Sport Historians, the City, and the New Social History” was published in Routledge Companion to Sports History (London) by Steven Pope and John Nauright, eds.


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