Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, gave a presentation titled “Sport and Physical Education in the Construction of a Nation” at the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, July 10.
Gems also had two book reviews published in the “Journal of Sport History,” 39:1 (Spring 2012). He reviewed Jack Cavanaugh’s “The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football” and Jim Waltzer’s “The Battle of the Century: Dempsey, Carpentier, and the Birth of Modern Promotion.”
In addition, Gems has two entries in the recently published “Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice,” edited by John Nauright. The entries are about U.S. Imperialism and Sport in Asia (pp. 261-263) and a short biography of Joe DiMaggio (pp. 208-209).
Gems has been a member of North Central’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.