Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, completed his Fulbright responsibilities from March 10 to 23 in Sweden and Denmark. At Sweden’s Malmö University, he presented a lecture on “Sport, Colonialism, and Politics in the U.S.A.” and held a seminar for Ph.D. graduate students. At the University of Copenhagen, he presented a public lecture on “Sport, Ethnicity, and the Formation of a National Identity” and taught a class on sport concussions to a sport psychology class. Gems also acted as a consultant and advisor for a faculty research group relative to interdisciplinary studies, as the sport institute is undergoing consolidation with the departments of health and nutrition and the natural sciences.
Gems has been awarded a publication contract by Syracuse University Press for his manuscript titled “Sport and the Shaping of Italian American Identity.” Also, his book “The Athletic Crusade: Sport and American Cultural Imperialism” will be republished in a paperback edition by the University of Nebraska Press.
Gems has been a member of North Central College’s faculty since 1988. He earned his B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University, his M.S. from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.